Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Geneva, Switzerland - Voters in Geneva agreed to banning dangerous dogs and requiring owners whose dogs weigh more than 25kg to have a permit to walk them in public. Cathy Maret, spokesperson for the Federal Veterinary Office, is convinced of the significance of the Geneva vote.
"It's the first time there has been a popular vote to ban certain breeds of dogs; and it's a clear signal by canton Geneva."Dangerous dogs have been under the spotlight in Switzerland after the horrific death of a six-year-old boy killed by pit bull terriers in November 2005 in a small town near Zurich. Bans on dangerous dogs have already been imposed in cantons Valais and Fribourg and are under discussion in several other cantons.
Under the new measures, 12 dangerous dog breeds will be banned and owners whose dogs weigh more 25kg will need a permit to walk them in public. Additionally owners of dangerous dogs must hold a license, prove they have completed a dog-training course, muzzle their dog in public spaces, are limited to one per household, and prove that the animal comes from an approved breeder -- it is strictly illegal to breed or cross "fighting dogs."
DogsBite.org praises the citizens of Geneva for protecting human life and embracing measures that hold dangerous dog owners accountable.
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| 2/27/2008 6:34 AM |
The city's bylaw was drawn up specifically to avert situations like this one. Pit bull owners have been given latitude to keep their pets as long as they abide by a simple set of rules, which include leashing and muzzling in public. With pit bulls' reputation and the public's general disdain for them, it's puzzling when owners don't take the necessary precautions that would prevent attacks. Those who don't should not get second chances.
Sounds like the City bent over backwards to allow these perps the privilege of owning these aggressive animals. Now they cry "victimhood" after killing three neighborhood pets!