Labeling breeds for purposes of shelter retention, adoption, and euthanasia is a highly dubious process, and one that is most critical for pit bulls, American Pit Bull Terriers
, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and every other so-called "bully" breed and breed-mix.
In countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, where American pit bull terriers
have been banned, research for the Journal of Veterinary Behavior says that there is no evidence that these breed- specific laws significantly reduce the number of dog attacks.
American pit bull terriers
are one of four breeds of dog banned under UK law after a number of attacks on humans.
The syndicate had links to paramilitaries in Northern Ireland who supplied illegal American pit bull terriers
Unlike American Pit Bull Terriers
, Staffordshires are not banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Pit bulls are defined in the legislation as pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers
or a dog that shares physical characteristics with any of the above.
Following the incident the airline has decided to ban Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers
, a move which the American Kennel Club has labelled unjustified, reported Reuters.
RSPCA special operations officer Bryn Pass said the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 had outlawed the American pit bull terriers
favoured by fight organisers.
It discusses Airedale terriers, American pit bull terriers
, Australian terriers, Bedlington terriers, border terriers, bull terriers, cairn terriers, Dandie Dinmont terriers, fell terriers, fox terriers, (smooth or wiry), Glen of Imaal terriers Irish terriers, Jack Russell terriers, Kerry blue terriers, Lakeland terriers, Norfolk terriers, Norwich terriers, Scottish terriers (so well described by Wodehouse as looking like Presbyterians), Sealyham terriers, slky terriers, Skye terriers, Tibetan terriers, Welsh terriers, Yorkshire terriers.
pit bull Some dogs, including American pit bull terriers
, are the subject of bans, under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
David Garside was at the 27-year-old's bedside along with her four children, sister, mum and grandparents when she was declared dead after being savaged by her boyfriend's two American pit bull terriers