In 1991, a whole 19 years ago the so called Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) came into force bringing with it Breed specific legislation (BSL) . This legislation made itself known by way of Section one of the DDA which banned dogs that looked a certain way.
Fact: It did not ban dangerous dogs. It banned dogs that looked a certain way.
Fact: In the U.K it doesnt matter if that dog isnt actually an American Pit Bull Terrier. It could be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, it could be a cross breed...it does not matter what breed/s make up that dog. If it measures up, and it is a case of measuring up theres no blood test nor dna test, then that dog may well lose its life as a banned breed...a "dangerous dog".
Fact: between 28th Febuary 2009 and 1st Jan 2010 the Metropolitian Police seized 498 dogs under section 1 of the Act as alledged pit bull types. 470 of those dogs had committed no crime other than be accused of looking a certain way yet would still spend time in secure kennels at the taxpayers expense.
Fact: over the next four years it is estimated to cost the Met police ALONE nearly ten million pounds to keep taking these dogs...our dogs. And YOU are paying for it out of your taxes!
Fact: The rounding up and killing of hundreds of dogs that look a certain way has NOT reduced the number of dog bites, protected the public, improved animal welfare or encouraged responsible ownership.
Fact: Whenever an example of a knee jerk reaction is needed, whenever an example of failed legislation is given, it is nearly always the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 that is used. Because it failed and it will always fail.
So here we are in 2010.
Now, Lord Harris doesnt want to spend ten million pounds holding these dogs. He thinks we should shoot them. Julia Pendry from the Met police "status dog "unit thinks that would be "fantastic". Deputy Mayor of London, Kit Malthouse is alledged to have contacted the Home Secretary Theresa May to request powers to kill dogs within 72 hours of seizure.
Heres what we suggest: REPEAL SECTION ONE. Get rid of it. It doesnt work.
Its not 1991 anymore. We have the Internet. We can contact our MPs at the click of a button. We can watch what is happening in parliament in our own time in the comfort of our own homes. We can ask questions and gather the facts. We can fight in a way that has never happened before.
And that is what we intend to do and what we are asking you to join us in.
Over the next few days we will be asking you to take part in our Not Guilty! campaign, a campaign to protect dogs who have never done anything to cause anyone any fear of injury.
We will post up ways YOU can help to protect our dogs and by doing so, push the focus on irresponsible owners and take workable steps to protect the public, improve animal welfare and promote responsible ownership.
Singer songwriter Maria Daines has already stepped forward writing the theme song for the Campaign which you can hear in the video below. The song is based on the story of Brandy and Karma, two dogs held for 18 months accused of being illegal breeds before finally being found not guilty and ordered to be returned. They are now in the care of DDAWatch who assissted the fight for their survival. They would be dead by now if certain people had their way.
No more wasted taxes, no more dogs dying because of our failures. Please watch the video below and make it one of the most watched videos on Youtube.
As a first step of the campaign we are asking everyone around the world to contact the Home Secretary Theresea May and demand that this legislation be repealed NOW!
Rt Hon Theresa May MP
2 Marsham Street
A template letter will be posted shortly for those wishing to use one. Please ensure your emails and letters do not include an obvious heading as we wish to ensure they are read!!!