The National Board of SPCAs said the “Ban the Breed” petition should not result in the demonization of Pit Bulls, but in finding a humane and consistent way to protect the human and animal victims in this problem.
In a statement released last week, the NSPCA said, “We stand in solidarity with the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation for the protection of our people, especially the vulnerable, who are the most common victims of dog attacks.”
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“While the NSPCA’s mandate is the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of good animal care, the NSPCA also values human life,” said NSPCA Public Relations Officer Keshvi Nair.
According to the NSPCA, there has recently been widespread media coverage of dog attacks on humans, with pit bull terriers becoming the notorious representative of attacks, although other dog breeds have also been responsible for attacks.
“Not only do people suffer from dog attacks, but other animals have also been victims of dog attacks and have been mauled to death. Aggressive animals themselves have also been victims of extreme abuse and cruelty in the way they are kept, trained and even killed.This is an issue where human and animal life has been endangered by irresponsible people who lack the skills and knowledge to handle the powerful races.
Nair said that at first glance the petition may seem outrageous, especially to pit bull owners, however, upon careful consideration, the petition advocates for the protection of people and responsible pet ownership.
“The petition calls for all pit bulls to be spayed/neutered which would prevent the current rate of uncontrolled breeding. The petition also calls for stricter regulations for keeping pit bulls (and other power-bred animals) requiring owners to have permits to keep these animals.
“Dog breeds that are likely to be aggressive and harm other animals and people are easily obtained. In the hands of uniformed or irresponsible people, dogs can become a risk to people in their communities. Too often Pit Bulls are acquired by irresponsible people to convey an image of “power”, for dogfighting, herding and/or for security purposes. These dogs are encouraged and trained to become aggressive towards humans and animals, and very quickly the animal becomes high risk.
“Too often, these dogs live compromised lives in cages or on chains, which usually leads to increased aggression and further increases the risk of attack.”
The NSPCA said that in accordance with Section 10 of the Animal Welfare Act No. 71 of 1962, Minister Thokozile Didiza has the power to enact new regulations as per the petition submitted by the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation.
“As the media continues to report the dangers of owning potent breed dogs, the NSPCA predicts that a number of people will no longer want their dogs.”
The NSPCA urges all owners who no longer wish to keep their dogs to take them to their local SPCA, animal welfare shelter or private veterinarian.
“There is no doubt that SPCAs, which are not government-funded and most recently excluded from LOTTO funding, will now have to bear the added weight and expense of dealing with even more unwanted animals released to the SPCA.
“If you are in possession of an aggressive animal, you are required by law to ensure that the animal is kept within the boundaries of your property and in a manner that meets the needs of the animals under the protection of animals and the Animal Welfare Act. Five freedoms.
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