Agriculture Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek wants to ban the breeding of two dog breeds and create stricter rules for breeding 13 others. Slovakia will determine three risk categories of dogs, which only expert owners who fulfil several criteria, will be allowed to breed. Dailies Sme and Pravda wrote in their Tuesday, September 25, issues, that the ministry has prepared a draft amendment which proposes to divide risky breeds into three categories: dangerous dogs that have already injured someone unprovoked, “unwanted” dog breeds such as the Pit Bull Terrier, and dogs requiring a stricter regime of breeding.
Ministry spokesperson Magda Tóth Želeňáková argued that the goal is primarily to solve the issue of breeding dogs with a higher risk of attacking people. The draft bans the breeding of Pit Bull Terriers and Bandog as of March 2013; dogs of these breeds born after march 1 will have to be castrated or exported abroad. The draft amendment is now available for inter-ministerial comments. Reactions to the amendment of dog breeders and representatives of municipalities, as well as those of public, differ over.
(Source: Sme, Pravda)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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