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A planned American Bully dog show near Trafford Park, Greater Manchester, has been canceled due to growing concerns about animal welfare. The event, organized by the UK branch of the American Bully Kennel Club, was set to take place just five miles from where a six-year-old girl was tragically mauled by a pack of XL Bullies last month.

The American Bully breed has been linked to a series of fatal attacks, raising questions about the safety of hosting such an event. Bowlers Exhibition Centre, the venue for the show, stated: “After careful consideration and extensive consultation with local authorities, police, and the RSPCA, we have come to a mutual decision to cancel this weekend’s ABKC dog show.”

This is the second time this year that an American Bully dog show has been canceled. A previous event in Coventry was called off following a BBC Panorama investigation that highlighted the issue of illegal ear cropping in the breed. The practice, which involves cutting off the skin at the tops of dogs’ ears to reshape them, has been widely condemned as cruel and unnecessary.

The RSPCA applauded the decision to cancel the event, with Dr. Samantha Gaines from the charity’s companion animals department stating: “We raised our concerns with the centre, and after considering the impact of holding this event, they have listened and done the right thing. Cruel practices such as ear cropping should not be applauded.” The RSPCA is now calling on the government to close a loophole that allows dogs with cropped ears to be imported into the UK.

Vanessa Waddon from dog charity Hope Rescue emphasized the importance of addressing this issue: “The practice of ear cropping is barbaric and unnecessary. The only reason they do crop is purely aesthetic. It is to get the dog looking a certain way, make it look more intimidating, enhancing the muscular body tone of the dogs.”

In light of these events, it’s crucial to raise awareness about animal welfare and push for changes in legislation. You can help by supporting organizations like the RSPCA or Hope Rescue and advocating for stronger animal protection laws. Together, we can make a difference and create a safer, more compassionate world for our canine companions.

Far too often, animals are exploited for fame or entertainment. This cruel dog show should not be given a space, and people need to know the actual costs of mass breeding dogs. We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to only adopt instead of shopping. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

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