The publicly supported Dog Control Bill will move a step closer towards changing dangerous dog legislation for good when it reaches Report Stage in the House of Lords tomorrow (June 10).

Taking the lead in the Lords, the publicly supported Dog Control Bill will move a step closer towards changing dangerous dog legislation for good when it reaches Report Stage in the House of Lords tomorrow (June 10).
 
View of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from the London Eye. Photo: Nick Manning.More than 10,000 people have signed up to support it and animal welfare organisations and charities throughout the UK are backing Lord Redesdale’s Dog Control Bill.

The proposed bill would replace the widely criticised Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) by targeting the inappropriate behaviour of any dog, and more importantly the owners of such dogs, to reduce the occurrence of serious dog incidents, rather than continuing to demonise specific breeds or types.
 
Lord Redesdale’s proposed bill is championed by the Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group (DDASG) — a wide-ranging group representing animal welfare, local authorities and veterinary professional organisations who have been actively involved in resolving the inadequacies of current “dangerous dog” legislation.
 
DDASG chairman and Dogs Trust veterinary director Chris LaurenceDDASG chairman and Dogs Trust veterinary director Chris Laurence said: “We have had considerable input into the Dog Control Bill and are confident that the bill takes huge steps towards changing the manner in which owners of dogs that are out of control will be dealt with; the emphasis being on the prevention of dog bites.”

Speaking independently of the DDASG, the RSPCA further urged the coalition government to make good on its promise to target irresponsible dog owners.

The charity’s government relations manager Claire Robinson said: “We believe the coalition government must update and consolidate dog control laws to make them fit for purpose for enforcement agencies to use if they wish to deliver on this commitment. In particular we believe this should be taken forward in a government Dog Control Bill in the Queen’s Speech in 2012.”
 
The Report Stage of the Dog Control Bill is listed as the first item of business in the House of Lords on Friday morning and comes as DEFRA‘s public consultation on dangerous dogs shows further support for this approach with 71% of respondents calling for breed specific legislation to be repealed.

 

  • Subject to the bill passing the Report Stage, the Third Reading will take place after summer recess before moving to the House of Commons for further consideration.
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