Dutch Agriculture Minister scraps pit bull ban
The 1993 ban on owning pit bull terriers was imposed after three children were bitten to death by the dogs.11 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg has announced she will scrap the ban on owning and breeding pit bull terriers and related breeds.
The ban was introduced in 1993 after three children were bitten to death by pit bull terriers. The ban allowed police to seize dogs and have them put down purely on the basis of their appearance.
The minister has decided to scrap the ban because it has not led to a reduction in the number of biting incidents.
Verburg wants to introduce a new measure in which dogs are judged by their behaviour rather than breed. She also wants to increase the information provided to dog owners.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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