|Barked: Thu Dec 20, '12 5:49am PST |
*Thousands of dogs are being dumped and needlessly killed every year
The "needlessly killed" part won't be solved by regulations on breeders--not even the puppy farmers and BYBs. You need to address how shelters operate, and what your laws say about "dangerous dogss"--currently defined by breed, not by behavior.
*Stray and abandoned dogs are costing the tax payer millions of pounds
*Current legislation sanctions the killing of dogs after 7 days
This is a problem of your laws, not of where the dogs come from.
*Thousands more dogs are alone and unwanted in rescues up and down the country
You need to work on adoption and on return to owner.
*Others are causing a threat to the general public with over 65,000 people a year being admitted to casualty due to dog related instances
Most of those are minor, kitchen-knife level injuries. People go to the emergency room for a dog-related injury that, if from another cause, they'd just clean it and bandage it.
*Due to irresponsible ownership there exists a top ten most dangerous dog breeds list compiled from killing or seriously maiming children
That's a big part of your problem, right there: Identifying "dangerous dogs" by breed rather than by behavior and the circumstances surrounding the incident. Banning "dangerous breeds" such as the American Pit Bull Terrier has killed many harmless family pets over the years, while your dog bite incidence has continued to rise.
*Currently anyone who owns a dog can breed from it without taking any responsibility for their actions, yet farm animals are controlled by legislation, as is fishing
*It is illegal to throw away your fridge or your car, but you can dump your dog
Really? You can legally drop your dog off at the side of the road?
Or are you complaining about the fact that it's legal to transfer ownership of your dog to a rescue center?
Dog breeding needs to be controlled and we need to take action now
You want to go after the puppy farmers who churn out puppies like factory goods, don't provide proper care, and sell them with complete disregard for where they end up? Great!
Let's start with enforcing existing animal welfare legislation, which by the way would raise their costs and make the business less attractive.
Chancepixies Animal Rescue, a registered charity in England and Wales, are committed to a drastic reduction in the number of abandoned, needlessly killed and unwanted dogs and those dogs that present a serious threat to the general public. Unlike many other organisations, we have no hidden agenda, our aims are purely to promote and protect dogs in the UK.
Maybe, maybe not. I tend to be skeptical of organizations that accuse others of "hidden agendas" with no specifics.
In order to effectively action these changes we want legislation to be introduced that will make all breeders responsible for the dogs they choose to bring into the world beyond the point of sale. In other words if you are not prepared to rescue, don't breed!
This can be achieved through the implementation of compulsory Fit for Breeding tests. Fit for breeding tests are already used in some other European Countries with much success.
Responsibility beyond the point of sale means that if a puppy/dog owner is unable to continue with the dog, for whatever reason, the breeder will take back the dog and find a suitable solution.
Breeders will also need to ensure that all dogs are micro-chipped/tattooed and be DNA profiled, thus providing 100% proof of parentage and a certified way of tracing the dog back to the owner/breeder.
Fit for Breeding tests, alongside these identification measures, should also include aspects of health, character and conformation testing.
Some good things and some bad things here, but looking at your website, it's clear you're:
A. Envisioning a detailed level of regulation of which genetic clearances specific breeds would have to have--utterly impractical to do at the level of legislation both because there are hundreds of breeds, and because it's a moving target. We learn more and more as time passes, and the needed or desirable tests for a given breed change.
B. Blissfully unaware that the average vet doing a veterinary exam cannot certify an animal as genetically fit for breeding. Mixed breed or purebred, some things can only be determined with DNA testing.
The UK needs to drastically revise its Dangerous Dogs Law, to focus on dangerous dogs and dangerous dog owners, not on Scary Looking Breeds.
The UK needs to apply, and enforce animal welfare standards on puppy farmers and causal breeders.
The UK needs to address how its shelters operate, so that adoption rates are significantly increased, and healthy, friendly dogs are not killed.
Oh, and try prosecuting people for dog fighting.
The Chancepixies website, so that people can make their own decisions about whether I'm being too harsh.
Chancepixies Animal Rescue
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