Mixed Breeds Included
Ecuador - The country of Ecuador is set to ban rottweilers and pit bull terriers as pets, Quito-based newspaper El Comercio reported, citing the health and agriculture ministries. The new rule, which also includes dogs interbred with the two types, will go into effect in March. Care of dogs used by police and private security companies will also be regulated. The ban was announced after a child in Quito was killed by two pit bulls four months ago.
Ecuador now joins the South American countries of Guyana and Brazil that have instituted breed-specific laws, and likely others.
Many foreign countries have enacted breed-specific laws to protect citizens from dangerous dogs and to stop the importation of fighting dogs (pit bulls). Countries DogsBite.org has gathered include, but are not limited to: Argentina, Bavaria, Bermuda, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Guyana, Ireland, Israel, Liechtenstien, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Lativa, Singapore, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands (territory) the UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela and parts of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Honduras, China and Japan.
The pit bull and dangerous dog problem is a world problem.
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