Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the news yesterday
American XL bully dogs have been deemed a public safety hazard and danger after a steady rise in attacks in the UK.
The breed are a larger version of the pitbull terrier weighing between 20-60kg.
Two incidents in the UK involved an 11 year old girl needing stitches and a man mauled to death.
It’s clear the American XL Bully dog is a danger to our communities.
I’ve ordered urgent work to define and ban this breed so we can end these violent attacks and keep people safe. pic.twitter.com/Qlxwme2UPQ
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) September 15, 2023
Because of these incidents and more, Rishi Sunak confirmed his plans to ban the breed by the end of the year on X.
“The American XL Bully Dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children,” he said in a statement.
“I share the nation’s horror at the recent videos we’ve all seen.
“Yesterday we saw another suspected XL Bully Dog attack, which has tragically led to a fatality.
“It’s clear this is not about a handful of badly trained dogs.
“It’s a pattern of behaviour and it cannot go on.
But Animal welfare campaigner Ira Moss isn’t convinced that’ll work:
“All that is going to happen is there will be huge abandonment. There will be dogs left in parks and that’s when there’s accidents”