This article is from The Biscuit magazine.
Sadly, stigma is still attached to this type of dog breed by the media and public misconceptions. In 2017 we started our #Adoptabull campaign to break that perception. Read moreCertain Australian states still have Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in place, meaning that certain breeds of dogs are restricted or illegal to own, regardless of their behaviour. It's a bit like judging a person solely on their appearance, not their actions. Personally, I'd like to call it how I see it; bull**** Legislation.
One restricted breed in Queensland is the American Pit Bull Terrier. The RSPCA does not agree with BSL as there has been no scientific evidence to support that certain dog breeds are more dangerous than others. Rather, the responsibility lies purely with the dog owner to ensure that their pet is socialised, trained and treated appropriately. The community should also be aware of just how to interact with dogs in public and the home. Any dog can make a loving, devoted pet; regardless of their breed or appearance. Read our national stance on BSL here.
Did you know that if you were to ask the RSPCA 10 years ago what happened to restricted breeds that came through a shelter, the answer sadly would have been they were euthanised. A harsh reality for pets that simply looked a certain way. But now, thanks to support from our interstate member societies, when RSPCA Qld receives a restricted breed into our care, if that pet passes all medical and behavioural assessments and is suitable to be rehomed, we do everything we can to ensure that dog gets a second chance just like any other animal. We currently transport Pit Bull Terriers to our friends at RSPCA ACT and RSPCA Darwin for rehoming, where the breed is not restricted to own.