Ban on American Bully XL in the UK: Concerns and Call for Responsibility

American Bully XL dog

American Bully XL owners have expressed their concern and dismay over Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to ban the breed. The decision follows a series of fatal attacks, including the one that claimed the life of 52-year-old Ian Price. Sunak describes these dogs as a “danger to our communities, especially our children”. Associations such as Bully Watch and Protect Our Pets also see this breed as an “imminent threat to public health”.

However, organizations such as the RSPCA and many dog ​​owners argue that breed-based bans are not the solution. Charlotte Towner, owner of an American Bully XL named Coco, believes these dogs are not naturally more aggressive. For her, it is more a question of the responsibility of the owners than of the dog's innate behavior.

Jordan Shelley, another American Bully XL owner, suggests introducing licensing and training programs for all breeds. For him, educating owners and regulating possession could be the key to preventing attacks. Serena Norton, who owns four American Bully XLs, agrees, emphasizing the importance of training the dog from a young age.

But not everyone shares this positive opinion on the race. Ira Moss of the All Dogs Matter association reports an increase in calls from owners overwhelmed by the size and strength of their American Bully XLs. For her, the time had come for the government to intervene, and she pleads for strict regulation of online advertising concerning this breed.

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Emma Whitfield, having lost her son to an attack by an American Bully XL, recognizes that there can be “good dogs” within the breed. However, she deplores the disproportionate number of accidents attributed to these dogs, unlike other breeds. According to her, this tragedy is the result of the irresponsibility of certain breeders and owners.

In conclusion, although the ban has sparked strong reactions, the debate on safe coexistence between humans and this breed of dog is far from over. Training, education and regulation could be the keys to ensuring peaceful cohabitation.