“The Bermuda SPCA has recommended that all breed-specific laws be evaluated from a welfare perspective,” the SPCA said following a call for a boycott of Bermuda by California-based Bad Rap group, which said “until you move forward with ending your breed ban, we fully support a boycott of Bermuda and its businesses.”
A statement from the SPCA said, “Thank you Bad Rap for intensifying the need for change to The Dogs Act 1978 to bring an end to senseless euthanasia of illegal dogs which are family friendly.
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“However the SPCA does abide by the law and are required to call the Government Animal Wardens and surrender any illegal dog in our possession [illegal dog being any dog not licensed and microchipped regardless of breed].
“The Bermuda SPCA has recommended that all breed-specific laws be evaluated from a welfare perspective. The current laws were put in place to improve community safety and comfort, but ultimately these laws cause hardship to caring dog owners of properly supervised, friendly, well-socialized dogs and ultimately the destruction of the dogs in questions.
“The Bermuda SPCA is working with and represented on the Government Appointed Canine Committee made up of dog stakeholders who are reviewing the Dog Act 1978 and have made initial recommended changes to the Minister.
“The SPCA believes that there is a better way to deal with illegal dogs which are seized but found to be spayed/neutered, well cared for, good vet history, well socialized and trained at the same time as large penalties and strict enforcement of those illegally breeding and selling. And that allowances for this must be made in the Dog Act.
“It is time to stand together and have Government change the laws. Not sure how to have your voice heard? Check out our website.”