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RIO BSL bans breeds

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PIT BULL Terriers have been banned from Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches and other public places in the Brazilian city under new breed specific legislation (BSL) that eventually could make the breed extinct in the area.

Many residents own the fearless, sturdy dogs for protection in a city where murder rates are among the highest in the world. However, after a spate of dog attacks ascribed to ‘pit bulls’, a media outcry and political hand-wringing over the past six years, the inevitable happened and BSL was enacted last Wednesday by the State of Rio de Janeiro

Last year, an alleged pit bull badly injured a 4-year-old girl in the city, while a year earlier another dog, also said to be a pit bull mauled a 72-year-old woman to death.

Governor Rosinha Matheus announced a ban on breeding, importing and selling ‘pit bulls’ and made the registration and neutering of existing dogs compulsory within the next four months. The law, in kind with most BSL enacted around the world, is largely based upon the UK’s own discredited Dangerous Dogs Act.

In addition, Pit Bulls and other so-called ‘dangerous breeds’- Rottweilers, Dobermanns and Fila Brasileiros – including crossbreds designated as dogs of the ‘type’- are only allowed to appear in the streets between 10 p.m. and 5 am, and away from public parks and squares.