AFTER a spate of brutal attacks, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that American XL bully dogs will be banned in the UK by the end of the year.
The Prime Minister today announced that the “aggressive” breed will be banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The confirmation of the ban came after Interior Minister Suella Braverman announced she wanted to ban the breed.
He spoke out and said he shared the nation’s “horror” after several videos circulated showing violent abuses, including attacks on children.
Mr Sunak said in a video posted on X, officially known as Twitter: “These dogs are dangerous and I would like to reassure the public that we will take all necessary steps to protect them.”
Suella Braverman has commissioned an urgent race consultation following another attack on a child on September 9, 2023.
Braverman wrote on social media after the incident: “This is horrific. This is a clear and deadly danger to our communities, especially children. We can’t continue like this.
“I have commissioned an urgent recommendation for a ban.”
Under the planned ban and after the official change in the law, it will be a criminal offense to own, breed, give away or sell an American XL Bully.
Ministers want to safely manage the breed’s existing population and will introduce a transition period.
American XL Bully owners who do not come forward during this period will be committing a criminal offense if it is found that they keep such animals.
The Sun understands existing XL bullies will be granted an amnesty, similar to the 1991 pit bull ban.
However, it is likely that they will be required to wear a muzzle and remain on a leash at all times when in public.
Because the breed is set to be added to the banned list – which currently includes Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brasileiros – if someone is caught owning such a breed, the dog can be taken away, even if it is no longer there . I didn’t do anything dangerous.
According to the government website, police do not need a warrant to take the dog unless it is in a private location.
If the dog is taken away by police, it will be assessed by a community dog expert to determine whether “it poses or could be a danger to the public” – it is then either returned to the owner or kept in kennels.
An owner must then prove that their dog is not a banned breed in order to return it.
Commenting on the new ban, Lord Baker, the former home secretary who introduced the Dangerous Dogs Bill in 1991, said: “I strongly support what the Prime Minister has said.”
“It should happen almost immediately as this is a very dangerous breed that has actually killed children and attacked other people and I do not accept the views of the Kennel Club and the RSPCA that breeds should not be banned.”
“This dog was actually bred to fight and be aggressive. He has already done enough damage and the Prime Minister is absolutely right to add to that.”
It came after a man lost his life in Stonall, Staffordshire, on September 14 after two suspected American XL bullies mauled him near a primary school.
He suffered catastrophic injuries when two hellhounds jumped out of a neighbor’s window and then jumped through a hedge.
In heroic scenes, one of the dogs was attacked after the attack – the other dog was eventually locked in the owner’s apartment.
A witness told The Sun: “I saw it. It was so horrible I can barely talk about it – but he was beaten to death and it was just horrible.”
The Prime Minister said today: “It is clear that this is not about a handful of poorly trained dogs, this is a pattern of behavior and it cannot continue.”
Four children were also attacked by their family dogs over two days last week, including an XL Bully.
The horror, which devastated a two-year-old, happened in south Yorkshire on September 8 and 9.
The little one is believed to have been the latest victim when the pet went into a terrible frenzy.
According to police, a 15-year-old girl was hospitalized after her XL Bully attacked her.
South Yorkshire Police said: “Nationally and within South Yorkshire we are seeing an increase in dangerous dog incidents and the severity of the risk they pose to the public.”
American bullies are responsible for 73 percent of dog-related deaths in the UK as of 2022, but only make up a tiny percentage of the overall dog population.
According to Bully Watch UK, Brits are 270 times more likely to be killed by American bullies than any other breed.
The campaign group has also documented over 350 attacks by this breed in 2023 alone.