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International Dog News:
German constitutional court to rule on BSL



THE HIGHEST Court in Germany announced its intention to decide on two legal actions against Germany’s draconian breed specific dog laws.

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in Karlsruhe will consider two separate actions:
The first relates to a Constitutional complaint against the (Federal) Law relating to the constraint of ‘dangerous dogs’.

This law forbids import and breeding of Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier.

This complaint is connected with an existing constitutional complaint against subsection 11 of the Law for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This paragraph forbids the breeding of the four breeds "…because they should be unable to live a normal social life with other dogs."

The second Constitutional complaint is specifically against the breed legislation list in the State of Rheinland Pfalz.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 5th at 2pm and is open to the public.
Gregor von Dungen, President of the Society of the Bull Terrier Friends and member of the VDH (German Kennel Club) told OUR DOGS: "The final judgement will decide the future of the four breeds in Germany. If the court pronounces the laws as legal the breeds will die out. If they declare the laws void, we will celebrate all week long. We expect a big interest from the media."