A rally calling for the repeal of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) will take place on Saturday 21 July as part of the Global Anti-BSL Protests held each year, which will see similar events in Canada, Germany and Wales.
The Westminster protest, organised by DDA Watch, will take at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, SW1P 3JY, from 11am to 3pm. DDA Watch was been set up to provide assistance, support and advice to owners whose dogs have been affected by the Dangerous Dog Act, and have long since campaigned for the repeal of BSL.A statement by DDA Watch says, “BSL is not based on any scientific evidence and is not fit for purpose. Thousands of pets continue to be put to death or deemed ‘dangerous’ based on how they look, the law is not protecting the public, it is not reducing dog bite incidents, it is causing and creating problems and is long overdue for urgent repeal.
“It is appalling that countless friendly dogs deemed ‘type’ have died and are facing a death sentence as they cannot be rehomed due to the flawed legislation.”
The evidence is overwhelming; it is time to move on to fair and smarter, breed-neutral dog law
A government inquiry is currently taking place on the issue of dangerous dogs and Breed Specific Legislation, which was introduced in 1991 as a knee-jerk reaction to a spate of dog attacks. The committee has received “overwhelming evidence” in support of the repeal of BSL. All of the major animal welfare charities an organisations – including Blue Cross, Battersea, Dogs Trust, the RSPCA, the Scottish SPCA, The Kennel Club, Guide Dogs, PDSA and the British Veterinary Association – have spoken for its repeal.
“Steve O’Connell, London Assembly Member and Chair of the London Police and Crime Committee recommend that the EFRA committee explore alternative options to the Dangerous Dogs Act that shift the focus to responsible ownership,” the statement concludes. “The evidence is overwhelming; it is time to move on to a fair, and smarter, breed-neutral dog law.”
The Facebook page for the London protest can be found here.