Report slams Dangerous Dogs Act

Report slams Dangerous Dogs Act

    Report slams Dangerous Dogs Act
    An inquiry has called for an overhaul of the ‘misguided’ Dangerous Dogs Act after finding that the current breed-specific legislation is ‘riddled with inconsistencies’,
    fails to protect the public and imposes ‘an unnecessary death sentence’ on dogs.
    The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s (EFRA) report, ‘Controlling
    Dangerous Dogs’, found that dog attacks have increased since 2005, despite certain breeds/types of dogs being outlawed by the 1991 Act. It also highlighted the fact that too many harmless, friendly dogs were being destroyed because they were banned and could not be rehomed. The report concludes that the Government’s lack of action on this shows a ‘cruel’ disregard for dog welfare, and urges a full-scale review of existing canine control strategies.
    Key recommendations include lifting the ban on transferring outlawed breeds to new owners; commissioning an independent review of the reasons behind dog aggression and attacks; mandatory training courses for owners of dogs involved in low- to mid-level offenses (similar to speed awareness courses for drivers);
    and awareness campaigns to encourage responsible ownership and improve childhood education on staying safe around dogs.
    The report also recommends the introduction of a new Dog Control Act, which would give increased support and powers to local authorities and police forces.
    A spokesperson at Battersea comments:
    “Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is unfair and ineffective and has led to thousands of innocent dogs across the country being put to sleep each year. Battersea welcomes the EFRA report, which recommends that charities should be allowed to rehome banned breeds, providing the dog passes a strict behavioral assessment.”
    The RSPCA, whose high-profile #EndBSL campaign has been calling for a review of BSL since 2016, also welcomes the findings.
    Dr. Samantha Gaines, the charity’s dog welfare specialist, adds: “BSL has been failing to protect public safety for 27 years and countless dogs have suffered or died because of this unfit and draconian law.
    “We are delighted with EFRA’s report and welcome the call for a single Dog Control Act, dedicated dog control notices, and education programmes.

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