BREED-SPECIFIC laws unveiled in Norway are proposing the ban
the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as a dangerous breed
of dog. The Norwegian justice department released the draft
of the proposed enhance Dangerous Dogs law on March
28th. The draft law calls for the ban of the American Staffordshire
Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, whilst giving the Justice
Department the power to ban any other dog breed that they choose
at any time.
According to the European arm of WAF (the Washington Animal Foundation) this means that breeds touted as dangerous but the Norwegian authorities, such as the Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Boer Boel, and the Bull Terrier, can be banned at a future date.
The new law had originally included Bull Terriers, but the various Bull Terrier breed clubs around the world, united with the Norwegian Kennel Club and launched a powerful lobby against the breeds inclusion. Sadly, the Norwegian authorities decided simply to follow the German Governments definition of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as a dangerous breed, been though the breed has been responsible for very few, if any, biting incidents in either country.
However, anti-BSL campaigners and breed clubs around the world are opposing the new law, whilst the Norwegian Kennel Club now has launched an online petition that people can sign to protest the proposed ban against the Amstaff and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The Norwegian Kennel Clubs anti-BSL petition can be found at: