Petition Against DDA Amendments - please sign the petition against the planned changes in dog law; add your name to the HM Government site e-petition.
Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
We the undersigned oppose the proposed amendments to the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA).
We oppose extending section 3 to any place leaving dogs & their owners potentially criminalised in their own homes. ‘Dangerously out of control’ is any occasion a person has ‘reasonable apprehension’ of injury whether or not the dog has actually injured a person.
Offences should not be of strict liability as is currently the case.
Barking/growling alone at an assistance dog should not result in proceedings.
We oppose any extension of powers to enter private property or seize a dog from private property without a warrant.
We object to amendments that a court MUST consider if the owner is ‘fit and proper’ & may consider ‘any other relevant circumstances’.
BSL does nothing to protect the public, or address the problems of irresponsible owners/breeders.
Defendants should be innocent until proved guilty.
Legal aid should be extended to cover civil proceedings under the DDA & also the Dogs Act 1871.