Alex, Yaad and Lilly
"We always say we didn't choose Lilly, she
We are against BSL because no law that
defines a dog as 'guilty', based on appearance,
can't be right. We should be responsible for
our acts, the way a dog acts is due to an
owners attitude. You give love, you receive
love, you give fear and pain, you receive
pain; any dog would respond in this way, even a
Lilly was given love from day one, given an education from two
and a half months old and full training and this is why she is a
beautiful, well behaved girl!
Lilly is family, as is her sister, Lolla, who she lives with.
We will always stand up for our dogs and everyone else's too! This law does not protect people from dangerous dogs, instead, it punishes dogs, like Lilly, by restricting their freedom."
Lilly is an exempted Pit bull type dog and we are proud to have her and Banjo as our Born Innocent Ambassadors.
Alex, Yaad, Lilly & Lolla
Gemma and Banjo
Gemma and Banjo
"Banjo is a Pit bull type dog who was exempted at eleven months old, in December 2015.
He was seized and held in secret kennels for several months. Once he was exempted, restrictions were placed upon him, which affect his daily life.
Banjo was already neutered, microchipped and insured prior to his seizure by police; I do believe this helped to secure his release quicker than most and it also demonstrated to the court that I was a responsible dog owner.
He is a very much-loved family pet, especially by my teenager son, Kris. Unfortunately, Kris cannot walk Banjo as he is under 16 – one of the restrictions of breed specific legislation. For me, personally, one of the hardest aspects of daily life with Banjo has to be muzzling him every time we leave home. I worry about other dogs attacking him as this has happened in the past. It is very scary to protect yourself and your dog in that situation. People see Banjo wearing his muzzle and will sometimes cross the road or pick up their dogs and this makes me feel terrible. There is not one inch of aggression in Banjo and he is incredibly friendly towards people and other dogs.
We are not a danger to the public.
Some people do stop to ask about his muzzle and within minutes they can see how friendly he is towards people and children and they cannot believe that a dog as friendly as Banjo has to be muzzled and kept on lead, all due to his looks. One of the hardest aspects of BSL is watching Banjo wanting to run and play with other dogs in public, he’s not even allowed to chase a ball.
I love nothing more than seeing our precious boy, Banjo, run free and without a muzzle but we can only do this by hiring a secure, private field. They are not always close by so we cannot go as often as we would like to.
I am all in favour of responsible dog ownership; I believe dogs should be microchipped (which is now a legal requirement) and neutered. However, what I do not agree with are dogs, who have never put a paw wrong, having to be muzzled by law, due to the way they look.
Banjo has to live under the restrictions of breed specific legislation for the rest of his life."
This page is all about our supporters and what you can do to help the movement
Write to the Government
What can you do to ask the government to consider a repeal of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)?
Sign or create a petition. There are lots of individual petitions for seized dogs online and these can be signed and shared.
If your dog is seized create a Facebook group to gain support.
Spread awareness about Breed Specific Legislation. Lots of people, and many of them dog owners, are totally unaware of its existence and the restrictions that are placed on an exempted dog.
Attend a peaceful protest. These are arranged every year and details are publicised on the following links:
Write to MPs and Police and Crime Commissioners (they are also elected by the public):
Find your local Councillor, MP, MEP or even your member of the House of Lords and write to them:
Find their details by entering your postcode here:
You can write to George Eustice, Secretary of State for DEFRA
Write a letter to them or send them an email asking them to review and consider repealing Breed Specific Legislation.
Letter writing guidance:
There are some very important things to remember when communicating with officials:
First and foremost, ALWAYS BE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL, in all your communications with officials. Don't be argumentative regardless of the difference between your point of view and theirs. Our dogs are worth putting your personal feelings of anger aside in order to communicate effectively.
Stick to the facts. Try to avoid being emotional. It is a given that you love dogs or you wouldn't be fighting for them. The simple truth is, the officials do not care how much we love our dogs - they care about the safety of their constituents and their community. To that end, the facts related to the inefficiency of breed specific legislation and the integral part that irresponsible owners play in dog attacks are important facts to get across to them.
Highlight the following:
The Cost of BSL. One thing that always catches the ear of any official is the cost or potential cost to his or her constituents. Reinforce the fact that breed specific laws cost a lot of money - additional dog legislation officers, kennel fees, vetting, litigation, the time taken by the police to seize dogs and attend court etc. The bottom line is simple... BSL costs tax payers A LOT of money!
Breed Identification. Another important flaw with breed specific laws is breed identification. There are a minimum of twenty 20 dog breeds that possess the physical traits of 'pit bulls.' Most dog wardens and/or law enforcement officers are not able to identify specific breeds of dogs with any degree of accuracy because the commonly stated physical characteristics are similar in many breeds.
Breed bans carry with them too much potential for arbitrary or improper enforcement: inaccurate breed identification by officials and difficulty enforcing breed bans against mixed-breed.
Failure to Address Irresponsible Owners. Perhaps the most compelling argument with respect to why breed specific legislation fails is that it simply does not address the issue of irresponsible dog ownership. BSL places all the blame on the dogs and removes the responsibility from the dog owner. Dog ownership is a responsibility, and dog owners must be held accountable for the actions of their dogs. As this law fails to address irresponsible dog owners, many areas that have enacted breed regulations have actually experienced an increase in dog bite/attack incidents of the dog breeds NOT covered by the breed specific law.
Restricting breeds of dogs does not address the real issue of irresponsible owners. Only when such owners are held accountable for the actions of their dogs, will adverse dog incidents be reduced.
Only when you see more owners committed to providing the proper training, care, socialisation and supervision for their dogs will dog bite incidents be reduced significantly. Owners should be held accountable in the judicial system for the actions of their dogs, not the other way around.
Only then will you see owners committed to providing the proper training, care
socialisation and supervision that every dog requires - regardless of breed.
Highlight the petitions and the number of signatures.
Refer to some of the cases that show how unfair BSL is for example Bailey the
three legged dog, Zach an old arthritic dog seized at 15 years old and the
plight of unclaimed poundies who are killed as there is no owner to fight for
Closing Talking Points and paragraphs:
An effective solution is not to make more laws that punish responsible owners and entire breeds, but to enforce existing the existing Dangerous Dogs Act enact generic dangerous dog laws that are not breed specific and punish the irresponsible owners.
I trust that you will take into consideration the position of many well-known major organisations such as the Kennel Club, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Wood Green Animal Shelter who do not support legislation that targets any specific breed of dog.
I ask that you to consider reviewing and repealing Breed Specific Legislation. Any such law that is specific to breed does not address the real problem, which is that of irresponsible owners.
Keep it civil, keep it professional and keep it fact based. Together, we can keep up the pressure.