Joined: Jun 2006
Originally Posted by Azz
*banned in Wales already!
- Ban cruel electric shock collars? (✓*)
- Stop ALL commercial dog breeders/puppy farms?
- Introduce Swedish-like laws around breeding (where breeders are responsible for the entire life of the pup - they bred it they're responsible for it and where it ends up!)
- Ban dog-racing(/betting on)?
- Ban importing of dogs with cropped ears or tails? (Ofen used to flout the law)
- Repel DDA - and put the emphasis on the owner, not the dog?
- Anything else?
Personally, I'd like there to be a full reform of Animal Health, Safety and Welfare issues that incorporated most of the above with the emphasis on commonsense welfare reform. I'd also like to see enforcement of the same (Laws without enforcement may as well not be in place).
Commonsense dictates that anything that is designed to inflict pain and discomfort on animals should be outlawed so yes, I would definitely like to see a UK/Worldwide ban on electric collars.
Breeding is less clear cut. Anyone who sells a puppy is, by definition, a commercial breeder. Therefore, ban commercial breeding and you are, in effect banning dogs. However, tighter controls on breeding, I believe, are required.
It's a nice thought for breeders to maintain responsibility of a pup for life, but in reality not very practical to be able to write a Law around it. I can foresee the Courts being full to capacity with something like this. For example, the breeder whose circumstances change meaning they cannot afford to care for a dog, are too ill to care for a dog, have unforseen changes in family circumstances (perhaps meaning they have to care for someone who is chronically sick/disbled).
The puppy farm issue bring up many problems around definition. Just for example, look at say the Met Police's breeding programme. They produce pups with the aim of targeting a specific market with their product (pups bred for specific traits) so they are, in effect, farming dogs to produce puppies. Should they be banned? What about the breeder who breeds more than one breed, but health tests, looks after mom and puppies well and ensures they go to decent homes? Should they be banned alongside the irresponsible who couldn't give two hoots about welfare so long as the cash is rolling in? So, penning a Law in this area should centre around welfare rather than numbers or breeds involved. Not an easy task.
Dog racing? Gut instinct says ban it because in its present state it is appalling in all respects (but I hate gambling also). However, it is no less a sport than any other so again, welfare should be the paramount consideration. Would we really oppose the sport if the dogs were well cared for throughout their lives, living in excellent conditions and weren't culled prematurely at the end of their career etc?
I would like to see an end to cropped ears and tails here in the UK. I do, however, think there needs to be more research into the pros and cons (proper research, not hearsay) of docking working dogs so that the loophole in present Laws can be either closed or left to stand. Cropped ears? No Earthly need for it so yes I would incorporate a total ban even if that meant outcrossing to extend the genepool in certain breeds. Dog welfare has to be paramount rather than the vanity of breeders and those wanting pups.
There are many good things in the DDA Law and one glaringly bad section. A revision of part of the Act is probably what you mean when you say repel it? Again though, careful thought and consideration needs to be applied when changing the Act to avoid one part of it changing and affecting the better parts that are in there.
A proper Health and Welfare Act that incorporated parts of all of the above would be, for me, the way to go. However, it's no good to change or introduce Laws if there is little or no will to enforce them no matter how good or bad they are.