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UK Home Secretary Calls for Urgent Ban on American Bully XL Dogs

Home Secretary Suella Braverman is advocating for a ban on American Bully XL dogs, citing them as a “clear and lethal danger,” especially to children. She has requested “urgent advice” regarding the prohibition of these dogs following a disturbing incident in Birmingham, where an 11-year-old girl and a man were attacked by one of these animals.

The Cabinet minister highlighted the “appalling” attack on the young girl, which was captured on TikTok, and emphasized the need for action. West Midlands Police are currently investigating the incident, where two men also suffered injuries to their shoulders and arms after intervening.

Although discussions about adding these dogs to the banned list fall under the jurisdiction of Environment Secretary Therese Coffey’s department, concerns have been raised about the feasibility of doing so. The American Bully is not officially recognized as a specific breed by the Kennel Club, making it potentially challenging to define and regulate. There is apprehension that a ban on this breed might inadvertently affect a broader range of dogs.

Suella Braverman’s decision to seek “urgent advice” on the matter was announced via her Twitter account, emphasizing the pressing need for action due to the perceived threat these dogs pose to communities, particularly children. The advice was commissioned last week, and it is now the responsibility of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to determine whether to add the American Bully to the list of banned breeds. Currently, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

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