Monthly Archives: January 2014

Should the UK reintroduce compulsory dog licences? (Poll)

It’s a subject I often hear on social media and articles online. The dog licence is a debate that constantly reignites on a daily basis among dog lovers and professionals. A system that requires the owner to prove that he/she is a fit individual to be able to keep a dog.

On my blog post – Dog Attacks and the Media Causing Hysteria I mention that groups such as the RSPCA mention that there is a ‘animal welfare crisis‘ in the UK. More and more irresponsible owners are unaware of the basic responsibilities of owning a dog which causes neglect and abuse. There is obviously a public need for action and one that keeps coming up is the idea of a dog licence.

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Jan Eachus, Chief Inspector of the RSPCA (Retired) response to “Dog Attacks and the Media Causing Hysteria”

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In my previous article ‘Dog Attacks and the Media Causing Hysteria‘ (View it here) I asked the public of their thoughts on these so-called ‘Dangerous Dogs’ and their thoughts on how the issue could be solved, whether it involves bringing in more regulations and/or legislations or providing more education. All of the responses were great and I much appreciate much of those thoughts given.

However I had one particularly interesting comment from Jan Eachus, Chief Inspector of the RSPCA until 2011 when he retired. He gave some really interesting comments and for those who know dog legislation well, especially the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.  I’d love to know your thoughts!

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Dog Attacks and the Media Causing Hysteria

Statistics reveal  that there have been 18 deaths from dog attacks in the UK since 2005 and that number will rise. I don’t think there ever seems to be a month that goes by without some sort of hysteria fuelled by the media. Hysteria that causes both dog owners and non-dog owners to demand knee-jerk reactions, more regulations, restrictions and biased views on various breeds and dogs in general.

The media thrives on controversy and lets be honest, without it they wouldn’t sell papers. What often follows the stories is assumptions about causes and a public demand to ensure that these cases never happen again. Then the MPs hear those concerns and quite rightly, decide to act. Frankly, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a single solution to these problems? Sadly the reality is that as a result they are mostly just making legislations that are not fit for purpose and patchwork messes. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991,  I’m looking at you!

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