Dangerous Dogs Legislation Review Announced
Following growing controversy about the validity and effectiveness of breed-specific legislation, a cross-party inquiry is to be launched into improving public safety with regards to The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee is calling for evidence on how effective the act is at protecting the public and what changes could be made.
Committee chair Neil Parish MP said: “The Government is responsible for protecting the public from dangerous animals, so it is essential that laws evolve alongside our understanding of what works. My Committee will investigate whether the Government’s current approach is having the desired effect, and whether any changes are needed to ensure that the public is properly protected and that animal welfare concerns are properly addressed”.
RSPCA welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines, welcomed the inquiry: “Not only is the legislation failing to protect the public, but it is also failing dogs,” she said. “Thousands of dogs have been kennelled unnecessarily and huge numbers put to sleep over the years simply for looking a certain way and that’s a serious welfare and ethical issue.”
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