Welfare and veterinary organisations across the country are calling for the Government to take urgent action after a petition to change “dangerous dogs” legislation reached 10,000 signatures.
Welfare and veterinary organisations across the country are calling for the government to take urgent action after a petition to change “dangerous dogs” legislation reached 10,000 signatures.
The Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group, made up of animal welfare organisations, veterinary professionals and local authorities, has lobbied against the inadequacies of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for many years, considering it to be “one of the most ineffective pieces of government legislation ever brought into force”.
The DDASG believes that current legislation has failed to protect the public, and instead caused a significant welfare issue while creating the problem of so-called “status” dogs.
The group is supporting a new Dog Control Bill designed to deal with the other end of the lead – irresponsible dog owners themselves – which has successfully passed its second stage in the House of Lords and is due to undergo committee stage shortly.
The DDASG launched a petition supporting Lord Redesdale‘s Dog Control Bill and this has now received more than 10,000 signatures. The petition calls for the Government to repeal the Dangerous Dogs Act and replace it with alternative legislation that:
- protects the public against dogs dangerously out of control without compromising any individual dog’s welfare;
- embodies the principle of “deed not breed”, and opposes breed specific legislation on the grounds that a dog’s behaviour is influenced more by its environment, the training it receives and the responsibility of its owner, than it is by genetics (i.e. its breed or type).