The Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group (DDASG), made up of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations, veterinary professionals and local authorities has today welcomed an urgent plea by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell to radically overhaul current dangerous dogs legislation.
Andrew Rosindell echoed the aims of the DDASG by calling for the Dangerous Dogs Act to be scrapped and replaced by new laws, highlighting the need for “new laws that address this problem with owners properly held to account”.
The DDASG has lobbied against the inadequacies of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for many years and believes that current legislation has failed to protect the public and instead caused a significant welfare issue whilst creating the problem of so called ‘status’ dogs. Speaking during his Ten-Minute Rule Bill, Mr Rosindell said the freedom to choose to own a dog had to go “hand in hand” with the responsibility that came with it.
A new Dog Control Bill designed to do just that and deal with the other end of the lead, the dog owners themselves, is currently making its way through the House of Lords after successfully passing its second stage this month.
The Bill also looks to remove breed specific legislation to better focus resources on dealing with all dangerous dogs instead of specific ‘types’. Andrew Rosindell’s Bill mirrored this, emphasising the DDASG’s principle of “deed not breed” and stating that banning a handful of breeds would not solve the problem of dangerous dogs.
Caroline Kisko, member of DDASG and Kennel Club Communications Director said “We are grateful to Andrew for continuing to keep this issue on the parliamentary agenda and in the public consciousness. The Dog Control Bill will go a long way towards improving legislation on ‘dangerous dogs’ by focusing on prevention rather than cure, by better protecting the public and emphasising responsible dog ownership”.
For more information on DDASG, Lord Redesdale’s Dog Control Bill and current ‘dangerous dog’ legislation click here.
Bruce was seized under the DDA despite never doing anything aggressive