lunes, 27 de enero de 2014



El Presidente de l'Associació per a la Protecció dels GPP's ha sido entrevistado por Pedro Riba en su magnífico, longevo y exitoso programa "Luces en la Oscuridad". Tener la oportunidad de dirigirse a una amplia audiencia que traspasa las fronteras de la península ibérica es un honor y merece nuestro agradecimiento. La imagen que se tiene sobre los mal llamados perros potencialmente peligrosos va cambiando y la sociedad se está mostrando mas receptiva y capaz de comprender que las apariencias engañan y que el afecto, el conocimiento y el respeto son la base del buen comportamiento de todos los perros sean de la raza que sean.
Nos reiteramos en el agradecimiento a Pedro Riba y a su magnífico y noctámbulo equipo.
A continuación os enlazamos la entrevista.
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Dog fighting is cracked – USPCA

A Pit Bull seized by the USPCA
A Pit Bull seized by the USPCA
Dog fighting in Northern Ireland has been “cracked” after the exposure of one of the Province’s main gangs several years ago, the USPCA said yesterday.
David Wilson of the charity was speaking after a number of men were convicted of cruelty offences this week, detected after a PSNI raid found mobile phone footage of cats being fed to a pack of dogs.
On Tuesday a father and two sons from east Belfast pleaded guilty to charges linked to animal cruelty and animal fighting.
Jeremiah Kirkwood, 43, and his sons Christopher, 23, and Wayne, 20, who are all from Island Street, appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court.
Each admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to four terrier cross puppies in 2011. They pleaded guilty to possession of items for use in connection with an animal fight, namely a CD7 battery pack, handheld lamps, a green dog harness and an animal trap.
They also admitted a charge of keeping or training animals for an animal fight. The final charge related to four bull lurcher dogs.
A co-accused, 19-year-old Jamie Edward Morrow from McAllister Court in Belfast, admitted a charge of keeping or training an animal for a fight, namely a whippet cross Staffordshire bull terrier.
Mr Wilson told the News Letter yesterday that generally the type of people involved in dog fighting could be described as criminal elements who also have “other things going on in their lives”.
“But dog fighting itself has decreased here since the BBC Panorama documentary in 2007,” he said.
The programme exposed a Tandragee dog fighting gang known as The Farmers Boys.
“It exposed the hard cases, betting on formal fights around the country. That was cracked in the documentary.
“This case [this week] was different. This was people pulling animals to bits for leisure.
“In one of the mobile clips the cat ran up a tree to escape. But someone shook the tree until it fell out. The dogs were waiting below and killed it.
“In another case a clip shows a cat inside a metal cage. The cage is opened and the dogs grab it and kill it.”
He said in both cases the sight and sounds of the cats being killed are very distressing.
“A few of the dogs were bull terriers but they were mainly lurchers,” he said.
The law changed recently to allow people to keep Pit Bull terriers as pets Mr Wilson said, but only if they apply to have them specially licensed.
“Then they must be microchipped, muzzled and on a leash in public,” he said.
He accepts that many owners may not have applied for the special licence, but nonetheless said there has been a noticeable shift in public attitudes.
“There are certainly less Pit Bulls about visually. People used to treat them as a tattoo on a leash, loading them up with lots of bling. But I just don’t see that sort of thing around now compared to a few years ago.”

lunes, 6 de enero de 2014


Why Breed Specific Legislation Does Not Protect Public from Dangerous Dogs

Dec. 2, 2013 — Research conducted by animal behavior experts challenges the basis of breed specific legislation designed to protect the public from 'dangerous' dogs.

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A team from the University of Lincoln, UK, concluded that rather than making people safer, current legislation could be lulling them into a false sense of security.
Dr Tracey Clarke and Professors Daniel Mills and Jonathan Cooper from Lincoln's School of Life Sciences set out to discover the source of people's perceptions about 'typical behaviors' associated with different breeds of dog. Their findings were recently published in the journal Human Animal Interaction Bulletin published by the American Psychological Association, in a freely available paper "Acculturation -- Perceptions of breed differences in behavior of the dog (Canis familiaris)".
Professor Mills said: "This work provides good scientific evidence to explain why the pursuit by governments of breed specific legislation to reduce the risk of harm to citizens is not only doomed to failure, but also giving people a false sense of security, which may actually be making the situation worse."
The researchers applied a theory known as the 'contact hypothesis' -- used by sociologists to understand the origin of racial stereotyping and other forms of prejudice.
They surveyed more than 160 people to examine if their contact with dogs influenced their tendency to believe populist and negative breed stereotypes.
They found significant variations in attitudes between people who owned dogs or had regular contact with them, and those who did not. More than half (54%) of respondents who identified themselves as "experienced or knowledgeable" of dogs disagreed with the statement that some breeds are more aggressive than others. Only 15% of respondents who said they had little or no experience of dogs held the same view.
Similarly, more than half of the "experienced" respondents felt there was no valid reason for breed specific legislation, whereas less than 1 in 10 of the inexperienced respondents felt the same.
The results were consistent with the prediction that not just the level but also the quality of contact with dogs are major influences on the tendency to believe populist breed stereotypes, despite scientific evidence which challenges the validity of such generalisations.
The variability within a breed is nearly always greater than the variability between breeds for behavioral traits, meaning while there may be differences on average, when it comes to assessing the likelihood that a particular individual will behave in a certain way generalisations are often unsound. The type of person attracted towards certain breeds and encouraging certain behaviors may be a much better predictor.
It was discovered that a dog's visible characteristics informed strong attitudes, resulting in over-generalization. Not only bull-breeds but also those with much more superficial characteristics such as being well-muscled, or even short-haired, were stigmatised more often as dangerous by those with less experience or knowledge of dogs.
Attraction to certain types on the basis of their appearance, can then lead to these being preferred for use as a weapon or status dog, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy about their behavior through environmental rather than genetic effects.
The team suggest that further scientific research is needed to improve understanding of the origins and basis of negative breed stereotypes, and that this in turn should be used to inform future legislation.