This week the RSPCA’s Dog Welfare Specialist, Dr Sam Gaines, joins Anna to discuss the latest on Breed Specific Legislation. Following a recent debate in Parliament prompted by a petition urging for reform as the 30th Anniversary of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) approached on August 12th. We discuss that as a ‘nation of animal lovers’ the UK is behind other countries in its approach to dogs and public safety. The banning of four breeds: the Pitbull, the Japanese Tosa, the Fila Brasiliero, and Dogo Argentino has not worked with dog bites rising year on year. We discuss other approaches not least education, bringing back dog licences, new bylaws that would be in the public’s safety. We chat about the potential of an independent review and study to ascertain whether certain breeds are more ‘dangerous’ than other breeds or cross breeds. If the independent review concludes there is insufficient evidence to support the Governments position on BSL, the hope is this aspect would have to be revised.
Since Andrew Rosindell's landmark Ten Minute Rule Bill dubbed Jasmine's Law last October, Government has amended its model tenancy agreement so that consent for pets in rented accommodation will be the default position. However for this to become law, pet owners across Britain need to up the ante! By writing to their MP's, signing a petition to 'Ban Blanket No Pet Clauses' so voices are heard in parliament. And attend a Zoom event hosted by Andrew Rosindell MP discussing the legislation he's proposing.
Why dog walkers face stricter legislation next year. As an unregulated sector, The RSPCA and DEFRA will add stricter regulation to this unregulated sector in 2021. As part of the amended and updated Animal Welfare Act for the better health and safety of our beloved pooches.