New Zealand Proposes Stricter Policies
New Zealand is moving toward national consistency in its dog laws. It is also placing heavier restrictions on dangerous breeds.
- Four menacing breeds cannot be imported: American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, and Japanese Tosa (enacted in 2003)
- The new proposal orders existing menacing dogs to be sterilized and muzzled when in public.
- The proposal also simplifies the process of adding breeds to the banned list. It places an immediate ban on the Presa Canario, the breed that killed Diane Whipple in the most notorious US dog attack trial of all time.
As with all breed specific legislation, the goal is to get the dogs that pose a high risk to the community out of the breeding population.