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Dutch government to lift 25-year ban on pit bulls

Tuesday June 10, 1:04 AM

The Dutch government says it will lift a long-standing ban on pit bulls because it did not lead to any decrease in bite incidents.

Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg has informed parliament of the decision, which follows the advice of a commission of experts appointed to review the policy.

Instead, the country will focus on enforcing local leashing laws and owner education programs.

Spokesman Koen Geelink said Monday the ministry hopes to have a new policy in place by year-end, in which dogs that have displayed aggression will be tested by an expert.

The country banned the breeding and possession of pit bulls in 1993, after three children were killed by the dogs.

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/080609/ap/d916m6uo2.html
 

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Good news!!!!!
 

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Originally Posted By: Barb E.

The country banned the breeding and possession of pit bulls in 1993, after three children were killed by the dogs.

If its a 25 year ban their lifting I think they mean 1983. Just figuring since I am 25 and that is the year I was born.

Still, great news, may they be an example to the world about how ineffectual these laws are.
 

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Wonderful! Bavaria here still has a law that if your dog is on a list of "bad dog breeds", you must either send the dog out of the state to live with someone else.... or you must have the dog euthanized.
 

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Quote:Spokesman Koen Geelink said Monday the ministry hopes to have a new policy in place by year-end, in which dogs that have displayed aggression will be tested by an expert.
Can this be? Politicians and lawmakers with.... with BRAINS?! If the "expert" truly is a professional with dog behavior, drives, and aggression, that would be phenomenal.

Quote:Instead, the country will focus on enforcing local leashing laws and owner education programs.
Bra-VO, Netherlands! You give us hope for finding intelligent politicians and lawmakers everywhere.
 

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Originally Posted By: Barb E......

Instead, the country will focus on enforcing local leashing laws and owner education programs.

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Bra-VO, Netherlands! You give us hope for finding ....<u>intelligent politicians and lawmakers</u>.... everywhere. [/quote]

Isn't that an oximoron?
 
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