I received a very interesting email regarding legislation change happening in the UK, replacing the Dangerous Dogs Act with the Dog Control Bill.
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.”
I’m also a believer that the problem with vicious dogs has more to do with the owner than the dog. The spotlight needs to be taken away from wiping out the bully breeds by instituting BSL and focused on making owners take responsibility for their dogs. When a dog gets taken away usually it’s put down, the owner on the other hand gets a slap on the wrist. Until the penalties become painful to the owners don’t expect them to step up to the plate.
It would be great to see this kind of legislation pass in the US. Give me a bark and let me know what you think.