In 1991, the United Kingdom passed a ban on 4 breeds of dogs: American Pit Bull Terriers, Fila Brasilerio, Dogo Argentino and Japanese Tosas under its Dangerous Dogs Act.
About 18 months ago, Scotland passed a bill to repeal its Breed Ban. Now, it looks like the rest of the UK is ready to follow suit.
Yesterday, a new law that would repeal the ban on these four breeds of dogs passed the final stage through the House of Lords.
This sounds positive, but what's next?
The bill now goes to the House of Commons -- where it will also have 3 readings -- and if it passes the House of Commons, it will, essentially repeal the law. This handy little chart will help explain this.
Now, here is the important distinction. Most bills in the UK start in the House of Commons and then progress to the House of Lords (where bills are more likely to be killed). The House of Commons' (the parliament) members are voted in, where as the Lords are not. So unless there was strong constituency to oppose the bill, it would seem unlikely that the Commons would override the desire of the Lords (although it could happen). So this DEFINITELY speaks well of the progress of the bill.
This is a great step, and a good sign of another failed law that is moving toward repeal. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
Editor's Note: Thanks to Ryan O'Meara of K9 Magazine for the help on my now limited understanding of British Law, since there was no convenient School House Rock Video to help me out, like the US version. Ryan has been a very vocal supporter of the BSL repeal.