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Dangerous dogs consultation

Scotland for Animals have had a phenomenal response to our Scottish ‘dangerous dogs’ consultation appeal. Thanks to all of you who sent in your submission.

This is just the first stage in what will be a tough fight to get the law changed to end the culture of breeding, selling and irresponsible ownership. There’s a lot of work still to do so please get in touch to help and watch for bulletins.

See below Scotland for Animals submission for info.

Scotland for Animals (Charity SCO39109)

30/3/14

I wish the following to be accepted as a formal submission regarding consultation ISBN: 9781784121129 ‘Promoting responsible dog ownership in Scotland: microchipping and other measures’ 

Dear Mr MacAskill,

Scotland for Animals wish to express our dissatisfaction regarding the exclusion of animal welfare/ rescue organisations from the meeting with Ministers in Edinburgh on 27/3/14.

We note that charities such ours, Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and other hands on rescue organisations were neither invited to participate nor even made aware that the meeting was to take place. A representative of Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and Scotland for Animals was permitted to attend after discovering details of the summit purely by chance 24 hours before and only after last minute intervention.

It appears that apart from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who we support and were glad to see present, the only general animal welfare organisation invited to attend was a charity which were directly involved in the covering up of an admission by the Scottish Government that they had fabricated legal advice in order to block the introduction of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses.

Taking this and similar examples into account we are concerned that the Scottish Government may have a policy of providing inclusion in events for favoured organisations in order for them to enjoy media coverage and photo opportunities as a quid pro quo for services rendered. This is no way to build proper and effective legislation.

Scotland for Animals has for many years have had direct involvement in amongst other activities the rescue of animals including dogs, the investigation and exposure of cruelty/ neglect and community education on welfare issues. As a result of this we have extensive experience of the problems surrounding dog behaviour and ownership and knowledge of what methods must be utilised to remedy these.

Dogs and the victims of dog attacks have been let down by successive governments including this current administration. Much bluster and spin has been employed by Ministers recently on the subject however rather than dogs themselves these same Ministers and those around them are in fact the problem.

A culture and acceptance of mass breeding, exchange for profit and irresponsible ownership has led to animal suffering and serious injuries inflicted on those, tragically often children, who are subject to attack.

Rather than seeking to make political capital of appearing “tough” MSPs and government should show some real mettle and introduce robust legislation that targets the real perpetrators. No solution will come from blaming the victims themselves.

We request that:

  • Mandatory licensing should be introduced as part of procedures to ensure appropriate qualification for animal ownership.

 

  • Compulsory micro-chipping only be introduced in conjunction with mandatory licensing.

 

  • Fees should be nominal and structured to provide substantial discount for neutered dogs.

 

  • Through amendments to the Licensing of Animal Dealers (young kittens and young dogs) Scotland Regulations 2009 or any new legislation the sale and transfer of ownership of dogs under all circumstances should be documented and registered. All sales should require licensing.

 

  • Fees should be placed on the breeding and sale of animals for profit through amendments to the the Licensing of Animal Dealers and Young Dogs (Scotland) Act 2009, The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973/ 1991, Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 and/ or any new legislation.

 

  • The number of litters born to a single dog licensee annually before a breeding license is necessary should be brought down from five to two.

 

  • Possession of Licenses and licensing requirements such as health and welfare adherence should be enforced by local authority inspectors.

 

  • All relevant Local Authority duties be made mandatory through national legislation such as amendment to Licensing of Animal Dealers (young kittens and young dogs) Scotland Regulations 2009 the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973/ 1991, the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 and/ or any new legislation. Enforcement and administrative costs should be met by fees collected.

 

  • The Licensing of Animal Dealers and Young Dogs (Scotland) Act 2009 should be amended to include those in possession of any license/ licenses issued prior to effective date of that legislation.

 

  • Agreement should be made involving Police, Procurators Fiscal and Sheriffs to deal with any incidents through the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 and not the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. This should be with a view to removing the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 from statute completely.

 

  • Dogs should wear collar and tag with details of the dog and registration number at all times when in a public place.

 

  • The muzzling of all dogs in public places should not become mandatory.

 

  • No reference should be made to breed or characteristics in any legislation.

 

  • Mandatory basic training for prospective dog owners.

I have sent a message to yourself and Richard Lochhead requesting that Scotland for Animals be included in all future meetings regarding this proposed legislation. We will be happy to provide detailed supporting evidence on request.

Yours faithfully,

John Patrick

 

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