The Swiss are split over the issue of what to do with dangerous dogs, according to a new poll. The survey, carried out by the French-language newspaper "Le Matin", found that 54 per cent favoured an outright ban on such dogs.This content was published on October 30, 2000 - 07:39
But 46 per cent favoured simply better training for such breeds as the Pitbull, Rottweiler, and Staffordshire bull terrier.
A six-year-old canton Thurgau boy was savaged by a Rottweiler last week, and remains in intensive care. Earlier, a canton Neuchatel mother was badly bitten after trying to stop a Satffordshire from attacking her child.
Unlike many other European countries, Switzerland does not have any legislation concerning such dogs. Germany, where two Pitbulls killed a child earlier this year, has opted for an outright ban.
But the lack of a law dealing with the dogs has faced criticism. On Saturday, Jörg Schild, the president of the body grouping the Swiss cantons' police and justice departments, told German-language radio that he was no longer prepared to wait for the federal government to act.
Schild said that a permit regime should be imposed on certain breeds, and that the cantons would be discussing the issue in two week's time. He also advised his cantonal colleagues to consider local-level legislation against dangerous dogs.
Switzerland's federal veterinary office is currently carrying out a study to identify which breeds are dangerous. A report is due late next year.
swissinfo with agencies
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