There has been a call for the immediate ban of pit bulls as domestic pets in South Africa following several reports of pit bull attacks in the country in 2022.”
Following the death of 10-year-old Storm Nuku, who was killed by his family’s Pitbulls A South African Foundation, the Sizwe Foundation has called for the breed to be banned as domestic pets.
The Foundation founder and patron Sizwe Kupelo has written to Police Minister Bheki Cele, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla and Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza requesting an intervention.
Kupelo has called for the castration of male Pitbulls and the sterilization of female Pitbulls. The foundation also wants the “unpredictable dogs” to be removed from all South African homes.
“We cannot continue counting bodies because of this breed; it has proven itself to be a lethal and very dangerous animal. Its behaviour is no different from a gun; it has a killing instinct,” Kupelo said.
This week, the Eastern Cape-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) said it was willing to defend its call in court should the need arise.
If the foundation has its way, South Africa would join countries such as China and Russia, the UK, and Portugal in banning the breed.
He argued that Pitbulls were responsible for a large percentage of dog bites and deaths in the US despite accounting for a small percentage of dogs in homes.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said there were no statistics available for pitbull attacks on people.