Saturday, 25 May 2013

No To DDA Amendments - Petition

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.

Petition text:

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.