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Challengers of the XL bully Ban are Cleared to Go to Trial

29th April 2024

In recent proceedings, opponents of the extra-large Bully prohibition across England and Wales have triumphed in their legal struggle.

A judge determined that the legal decision was “arguable” in some case, and consequently she cleared the opposition to go to trial.

A follow-up hearing has been scheduled for a future date, and representatives from Defra have emphasised that owners are still required to abide by the ban’s terms.

The governmental entity was informed by the court that they had not conducted “proper research” about the kinds of dogs that carried out the attacks.

Cathryn McGahey KC, an activist, claimed in written submissions that the department had had “no material on which to base a rational decision that dogs involved in recent attacks were disproportionately of XL bully type”

She additionally condemned the government’s breed criteria as having “unlawful vagueness,” claiming that owners were unable to determine if their dog belonged to the prohibited breed.

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