Some of the UK’s largest animal charities, law enforcement agencies and unions have today jointly called on the leaders of the main political parties to work together to introduce improved and updated legislation to protect dog welfare and public safety.
Some of the UK’s largest animal charities, law enforcement agencies and unions have today (August 24) jointly called on the leaders of the main political parties to work together to introduce improved and updated legislation to protect dog welfare and public safety.
The 20 groups have come together to demand action against irresponsible dog owners by the Government and the provision of necessary resources for those tasked with policing dog control laws.
These calls come ahead of the summary of responses from DEFRA’s consultation on dog legislation, which is expected this autumn. The consultation received more than 4,000 responses by the time it closed in June, indicating the scale of interest in the subject.
A statement will be sent to Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and acting leader of the opposition Harriet Harman.
The statement says: “We believe that irresponsible dog ownership, whether it is allowing dogs to stray, be dangerously out of control or indiscriminately breeding them, causes significant problems for the safety and welfare of both humans and animals. Current legislation is proving inadequate in many cases to ensure sufficient protection.
“We believe that both the provision of sufficient resources at a local level for local authorities and the police, and updated and consolidated legislation that has a genuine preventative effect, are needed to address this problem.
“We call on the coalition Government to act and bring forward legislation that addresses these areas effectively.”
Organisations signed up to the statement are: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, The Blue Cross, The British Horse Society, British Veterinary Association, Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, Communication Workers Union, Dogs Trust, GMB, Guide Dogs for the Blind, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, Kennel Club, The Mayhew Animal Home, National Dog Warden Association, PDSA, Police Federation, Prospect, RSPCA, TUC, UNISON and UNITE.