Well the government announced last night that after two attacks on the weekend (that were from cross breeds, not pure bred pit bulls) that they are introducing a new law that bans all pit bulls in NSW (the state I live in)
They're not even allowing people to protest the decision, it's final and that's that.
Under the new law you will not be able to breed, give away or hold an unneutered/unspeyed dog. So they aren't making current pit bull owners get rid of their dogs, but this is the last generation of pitbulls in NSW. Any pitbulls in existence have to be neutered/speyed.
They are banning American Pit Bull Terriers, Pit Bull Terriers, Argentinian fighting dogs and two other breeds that I can't remember (the other dogs are really rare in Aus so the talk is all on the pit bulls). Thankfully it has not been extended to the Staffordshire's so Biscuit and her breed are safe but it really saddens me.
One of the attacks on the weekend was by dogs who had attacked before...I don't get why the government didn't do something about it the first time, but now they are just banning the whole breed.
A lot of people are upset about it (it's been the talk on the radio all morning and I haven't heard one person say it's the right thing to do) but basically we have our hands tied, the government is refusing to listen.
I had to break the news to Alex last night, cause he wanted to own an american pitbull after Biscuit had passed and I was hesitant because of the strict laws the state has on them anyway but now they won't even be in existence.
I really hope this is where it stops...I don't think people realise that if they ban one breed they are likely to continue banning breeds if they feel that this ban is a success (I'm sure that people will just own them and not register them). When they talk about the 'dangerous' breeds on the news they are showing a pitbull, german shephard and a rottweiller so I have a feeling that they may be the next to go (Satffy's are adored in Aus and not deemed dangerous at all, which is funny considering they are a relative of the pitbull).
Anyway just wanted to share.