Andrew Rosindell former shadow minister for animal welfare, presented the bill yesterday stating
The Dangerous Dogs Act was introduced in 1991-yes, by a Conservative Government-but it has obviously failed adequately to achieve what it set out to do. A key feature of the Act, contained in section 1, is a ban on the breeding, sale and ownership of specific types of dogs. However, it is not good enough to select a handful of breeds, based on their potential demeanour, and assume that simply eradicating them from society will dismantle the culture that they are bred from. That is an approach that takes no account of the behaviour or intentions of the criminals on the other end of the lead. Indeed, the real issue to be tackled is the behaviour of the owners. Any dog can be dangerous and cause harm; it is how the animal is reared and trained that matters most of all. That is why the current, breed-specific Dangerous Dogs Act does not work and should be repealed.
19 years have passed since the much-ridiculed Dangerous Dogs Act came into force. Since 1997 when mandatory destruction of dogs deemed to be illegal “types” was removed little has been done to correct the mistakes of the Act. Until now.
2010 has seen Lords and MPS call for an end of legislation aimed at the appearance of a dog. The main canine organisations have all called for an end of this barbaric unworkable law insisting that the owners should be tackled, rather than the dogs themselves.
Will 2010 be the year the Government wakes up and accepts it has made a mistake?
Please keep writing to your mps and to Downing Street to insist a full repeal of BSL. We will not accept half measures for a law that has proven in the most tragic ways to be a failure. Its time for BSL to go…and go NOW!
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