The petition by Sizwe Kupelo Foundation calling for Pitbulls to be banned as pets has been signed by over 100 000 people.
The petition was launched after 10-year-old Storm Nuku was mauled to death by Pitbulls in Gelvandale, Gqeberha in Nelson Mandela Bay.
PETITION CALLING FOR PITBULLS TO BE BANNED GAINS MOMENTUM
As previously reported, the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation made the call in a letter dated 30 September to Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza.
It also launched an online petition which has been signed by over 100 000 people which will be sent to Didiza and three other ministers.
Foundation founder Sizwe Kupelo has called on the South African government to follow suit as other countries who have either banned, put restrictions on ownership of the breed or its importation such as Russia, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Portugal, as well as parts of Germany, China, Brazil and Australia.
At the time, Kupelo said the country cannot continue losing young people like Storm Nuku to vicious dogs that have shown time and again that they should not be kept as pets.
“The defence by pit bull lovers that it is how you raise the dog does not hold water. So many people, including joggers have been attacked and killed by pit bulls.
“It is time that the South African government takes decisive steps and imposes a complete ban on the ownership of pit bulls as domestic animals. Such a move would prevent further attacks and unnecessary deaths. We cannot continue sending out messages of condolences for something that can easily be prevented.”Sizwe Kupelo
The Foundation further called on other animal lovers and organisations to make similar calls so as to put more pressure on the government to ban Pitbulls animals soon.
The petition had been gaining momentum but notably more people signed it after eight-year-old Olebogeng Mosime was also mauled to death by a neighbour’s Pitbull in Bloemfontein. Due to unique circumstances, the Pitbull had to be put down.
Police spokesperson Thabo Covane said the Pitbull allegedly escaped from its enclosure, jumped over the fence and went to the neighbour’s premises. It then attacked the young boy who was playing alone, biting him severely on the neck and chest. The boy was declared dead at the scene.