The United Kingdom has declared its intention to ban ‘American XL bully’ dogs by the end of the year in response to a series of attacks that have resulted in multiple fatalities and numerous injuries. The decision was made shortly after a tragic incident in which a 52-year-old British man was fatally attacked by two dogs outside his mother’s home in Staffordshire.
This attack followed another incident just two days prior, in which an 11-year-old girl was mauled by a dog while on her way to a store. The same dog also injured two men who attempted to intervene. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak emphasized that these incidents represent a pattern of dangerous behavior that cannot continue.
Campaigners have connected attacks by these dogs to at least 14 deaths since 2021. To address the issue, Sunak outlined the first step, which involves establishing a legal definition for the breed, enabling its ban under the Dangerous Dogs Act. ‘American XL bullies’ are known for their large size, weighing up to 60 kg, making them capable of overpowering adults.
Although the breed is already banned in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, some campaigners argue that a blanket ban is insufficient. They suggest that targeting “unscrupulous” breeders prioritizing profit over animal welfare and addressing irresponsible dog owners would be more effective. Organizations such as the Dogs Trust and the British Veterinary Association support this approach. Additionally, there are concerns that a mass culling of potentially thousands of dogs would face public opposition.
The decision to ban ‘American XL bully‘ dogs reflects the UK’s commitment to addressing the safety and welfare of its citizens in response to the rising number of dog attacks involving this breed.