Charities launch petition to change dog laws

Monday, 21st November 2011

Leading animal charities have launched a petition to overhaul dog laws and bring forward new legislation.

At present, people who buy dog food for banded breeds must register their animal, make sure it is microchipped and keep it on its collar and lead at all times when out.

Banned breeds that are abandoned are normally put down by law.

 In total, 20 organisations including the RSPCA, Dogs Trust and The Blue Cross, have launched the petition.

They want a new bill that has a greater preventative effect by placing responsibility on the owner.

A statement from Dogs Trust said: "The government has failed to address what the organisations all agree is inadequate legislation that does not adequately protect the public, worker safety and animal welfare.

"The petition demands that the Government brings forward a Bill in the Queen’s Speech next year that consolidates and updates dog control legislation."

A new petition has been launched today by leading animal charities, the veterinary profession and trade unions to put pressure on the Government to deliver on its assurances and overhaul dog laws and bring forward new legislation in the Queen's Speech.

The organisations are hoping to get more than 100,000 people to sign the petition, which can be found at