New legislation proposes to replace the Dangerous Dogs Act with a new Dog Control Bill that will emphasise the animal’s owner takes responsibility for their dog rather than simply penalising a dog for its breed.
According to Lord Redesdale, the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was a reaction to high profile attacks and partly thanks to this, irresponsible dog owners now pick bull breeds as some sort of status symbol, breeding them to be tough and leading to animal welfare concerns.
Claire Robinson, the RSPCA’s Government Relations Manager, said:
“The RSPCA is delighted at the introduction of the Dog Control Bill by Lord Redesdale in the House of Lords. The Society has long stated that the Dangerous Dogs Act is flawed because it penalises dogs for their breed, rather than the deed of the owner.
“The Dog Control Bill instead places the emphasis on owners being responsible for their dogs – whatever the breed – in public and private places. For this reason the RSPCA has given its support to the principles of the Bill. The cross-party support the reading of the Bill received clearly shows there is widespread belief it is time the Government took another look at the current dog legislation and we believe the Dog Control Bill is a major step towards this.”
Personally, I welcome the news. Punishing a dog because of its breed is the canine equivalent of racism. Dog owners should take more responsibility and make every effort to train their dogs properly.
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