We are often asked what can be done about the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Individual voices count and if you are concerned about the way in which the Act works it is open to you to write to your MP or the Secretary of State responsible for the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
You can find details of your MP and their contact details here. The Secretary of State responsible for the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is George Eustice MP who can be contacted at George.eustice.mp@parliament,uk or by post at DEFRA, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR.
If you are not sure what to say here is a template to start you off, but be sure to state your own concerns clearly:
STRAY DOGS AND THE DANGEROUS DOGS ACT 1991
I am concerned about the needless destruction of healthy dogs that is the direct result of assuming dogs are dangerous simply because of the appearance.
The Dangerous Dogs Act has now been in force for 25 years and has been ineffective on every level – it has failed to eradicate prohibited breeds and the incidence of alleged dog bite incidents has increased during the period the Act has been in force. In order to enforce the Act more than £1.6m is spent on kennelling costs which is money that could on funding more than 50 extra police.
There is no evidence to support that dogs of any breed are particularly dangerous – according to mortality statistics issued by the Office of National Statistics for 2010, published this year, two people were killed as a result of a dog bite, which compares with 108 people who were killed by being assaulted by other humans years in the same year. The only less likely cause of death was being run over by a bicycle (although 26 people were killed by motor vehicles whilst riding bicycles).
I am particularly concerned about the case of ….insert details and say why…
This legislation needs urgent review to save the needless waste of animals lives and public funds.