Thursday, 25 February 2021

A Pet In Every Home - Jasmine's Law

Andrew Rosindell M.P. has introduced to Parliament legislation that would place strict limits on the ability of landlords to include “no pets” policies in rented accommodation.

As part of a 10 Minute Rule Bill, a type of Private Members’ Bill, the former Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare and Member of Parliament for Romford  highlighted the frequently unjust way in which renters are forced to give up their beloved pets in order to move into new accommodation.

The legislation, backed by animal rights and animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, will prevent landlords from banning “responsible owners” from bringing pets into rented accommodation.

Recognising the concerns that landlords have, the legislation will require renters to demonstrate they are “responsible owners” with a suggested checklist including a vet’s confirmation that their pet is vaccinated, spayed/neutered, free of parasites and responsive to basic training commands in the case of dogs. In cases where the renter can prove they are a “responsible owner”, and the accommodation is suitable for their pet, the right to take a pet into rented accommodation would be assumed.

The legislation is being called “Jasmine’s Law”, named after a dog which was separated from its owner, Jordan Adams, because of restrictions like these. He will also highlight the tragic case of John Chadwick, a homeless man who ended his life after the only housing option his local council provided him with was one which meant separating from his beloved pets. 

His speech and proposals were covered in: London PlaybookHavering DailyBig Issue, TalkRadio, Lad BibleMirrorYahooMSNDogs Today Magazine and Pets Mag

Commenting, Andrew Rosindell M.P. said:

“I’m delighted to have secured this slot to speak about an issue deeply important to me. As a dog owner for twenty five years, I understand as well as anyone the connection a person can have with their pet and for too long I have heard tragic stories of pet owners separated from their pets because of blanket bans that landlords implement.

It is a huge opportunity to increase awareness of this issue and to pressure the government to make changes that they promised earlier this year. In January the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick rightly called on landlords to make it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their homes, but as of yet this hasn’t been followed by any legislation.”

Sunday, 31 January 2021

COVID Advice Updated:

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals:

Some of the government advice relating to animals, for dog carers looking after the welfare of their pets during the coronavirus pandemic was updated by government in January 2021 and is as follows, full info is available on the government website - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

Animals with coronavirus:

It is rare for an animal to contract coronavirus, and they may show only mild clinical signs and recover within a few days. Limited evidence available at present suggests that coronavirus:

may pass from infected humans to certain pets such as dogs, cats and ferrets following close contact

does not easily pass between cats or most other pets, but this cannot be ruled out

may pass between ferrets and humans based on the evidence from mink

Pets - In line with public health guidance, you should:

wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet, its food and bedding

not share food with your pet

avoid contact such as kissing or cuddling if you’re self-isolating

There is no evidence that you need to wash your pets to control the spread of coronavirus. Only wash or use products on your pets that are approved for use on animals.

Animal boarding services:

You may leave your home to access animal boarding services.

You should take your pet to, or collect your pet from, a boarding establishment by appointment only. Ask your animal boarding service if they provide a collection or drop-off service.

Grooming:

You may leave your home to take your pet to be groomed. You should do this only if necessary for your animal’s welfare and not simply for aesthetic purposes.

You should contact the groomer in advance to make an appointment. Ask the groomer if they operate a mobile service or provide a collection and drop-off service.

Buying or adopting a pet:

You must follow social distancing rules when buying or adopting a pet.

You should not visit a breeder or rescue centre in person to view an animal before buying or adopting it. This is not a reasonable excuse to leave your home.

You should ask for a virtual tour instead. Take extra care to make sure that the seller is legitimate by following government guidance on how to get pets responsibly.

Breeders and rescue centres should make arrangements to deliver your pet to you when it is ready to be rehomed. Where this is not possible, and it is reasonably necessary for the pet’s welfare, you may collect the animal. You should collect your pet by appointment only.

You must collect the pet without entering the premises where this is a private home.

If your animal needs vet treatment:

You can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment. If your animal needs vet treatment, phone first to arrange the best way to meet their needs.

You may also leave your home to access urgent veterinary services when you’re self-isolating. You should only do this if it is not possible for another person to take the animal to the vet.

Dog walking:

You may leave your house to walk your dog:

by yourself

with the people you live with

with your support bubble (if you’re legally permitted to form one)

or, when on your own in a public outdoor space, with one person from another household

This is covered by the exemptions for animal welfare and exercise.

Although the government generally advises you should exercise once a day, you can go out more often if you need to walk your dog but should limit this where possible.

You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household or support bubble.

When walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should consider putting your dog on a lead to ensure you can stay 2 metres away from others.

You should wash your hands before and after handling your dog.

If you’re walking dogs on behalf of someone not able to:

You may walk a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self-isolating.

You should wash your hands before and after handling the dog and keep 2 metres away from other people and animals, including when handing over the dog to the owner.

If you’re self-isolating:

If your dog cannot be exercised at home, you should ask someone outside of your household or support bubble to walk your dog for you, or access walking services provided by a professional.

You should notify anyone walking your dog on your behalf in advance that you’re self-isolating and arrange a no-contact service where possible.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Fireworks Petition

The Government Petition circulating has now been closed due to there being a General Election in December. A government response was given on the 5th November 2019 and can be read in full on the petitions website.
Petition that have more than 100,000 signatures are considered for debate in the new Parliament and are now waiting for a new petitions committee after the General Election.

The petition gained over 305,000 signatures calling for a ban on fireworks for general sale to the public and reads:

Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks. It’s time something was fine to stop this. There are enough organised firework groups around for us to still enjoy fireworks safely so please help me stop the needless sale of them to the public!

The noise from fireworks causes a great amount of fear, stress and anxiety in wild animals. ... Errant fireworks can also cause environmental damage though fires, and from the release of poisonous chemicals and particle-laden smoke, which is not just inhaled by wildlife, but contaminates the natural environment.
In England last year, 4,436 individuals attended A&E because of an injury caused by a firework - more than double the 2,141 in 2009/10.
With around 40% of the UKs dogs being scared.

This petition closed early because of a General ElectionFind out more on the Petitions Committee website




Friday, 18 May 2018

DDA/BSL Consultation Opens

EFRA Committee Information

An inquiry into the Dangerous Dogs Act and breed specific legislation is now open for written evidence.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into the legislation on dangerous dogs.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced to protect the public from dangerous dog attacks. The Act made it an offence to keep four types of dog traditionally bred for fighting - the pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasileiro and Dogo Argentino - unless the dog was placed on the Index of Exempted Dogs and kept in compliance with certain requirements.
There has been substantial debate about the effectiveness of this legislation and the impacts on dog welfare. According to the RSPCA, 30 people died between 1991 and 2016 in dog-related incidents, of which 21 involved dogs of breeds/types not prohibited by the law. The number of attacks has also risen, with yearly hospital admissions for dog bites increasing by 76% between 2006-2016.
Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said:
“The Government is responsible for protecting the public from dangerous animals, so it is essential that laws evolve alongside our understanding of what works.
“The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act banned four specific types of dog, but since then attacks have continued and 21 people have been killed by non-banned types.
 “My Committee will investigate whether the Government's current approach is having the desired effect, and whether any changes are needed to ensure that the public is properly protected and that animal welfare concerns are properly addressed”.  
Terms of reference
  1. How effective is the Government’s current approach to protecting the public from dangerous dog attacks?
  2. What changes, if any, should be made to the current approach and legislation?
  3. How can local authorities and police forces be best supported in reducing the number of dangerous dog-related incidents?
  4. What lessons could the UK learn from other countries dealing with similar issues?

Deadline for submissions


Written evidence should be submitted through the Committee’s web portal by midnight on Wednesday 6 June. It is recommended that all submitters familiarise themselves with the Guidance on giving evidence to a Select Committee of the House of Commons which outlines particulars of word count, format, document size, and content restrictions.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

DEFRA Consultation

Banning third party sales of pets in England: call for evidence.



Consultation description:

Defra are inviting evidence from all stakeholders and experts on the effect of introducing a ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens in England. 
This ban would mean that pet shops, pet dealers and other outlets and licensed sellers of puppies and kittens would be unable to sell these pets unless they themselves have bred them. 
DEFRA want to know:
  • whether the ban should be made
  • how the ban should apply
  • what specific measures might be adopted
  • what other issues should be considered
Presently, DEFRA  are seeking people to send them evidence which will specifically help them to understand the effect of introducing a ban, and any limitations of doing so. 
DEFRA do not want people to send in their wider opinions at this stage.

Ways to respond

Email to:

Write to:

Animal Welfare Team
Area 5B Nobel House
17 Smith Square,
London
SW1P 3JR

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Electronic Collars - Consultation

Defra are seeking views on banning the use of electronic training collars (e-collars) and you have until Friday 29th April 2018 to submit yours.

Defra recently announced proposals to ban two types of e-collars for cats and dogs. The proposal is to make it an offence to use an e-collar, or to put one on a dog or cat, or be in charge of a dog or cat that is wearing one.


This would bring England in line with the law in Wales - where they have been illegal since 2010.


Electronic shock collars are sadly easy to purchase, these barbaric devices are used to deliver a shock to the neck, either via a remote or automatically. 


The DEFRA consultation can be completed online here.

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Petition: There is a UK Government Petition created by Ben Macpherson MSP to ban the sale of electronic training aids for dogs, the petition urges Government to ban the distribution, sale and use of any electronic training device for dogs. This petition urges the UK Westminster Government to ban the distribution, sale and use of any electronic training device for dogs, and ensure it is an offence to cause pain or distress to dogs through the use of such devices in England.
This petition also recognises that some specific devices, such as collars which only vibrate, offer potential benefits in certain circumstances such as when dealing with dogs suffering from hearing loss.

Friday, 23 February 2018

UK Government Petition-Pet Theft:

This petition will run to the 8th August 2018 and when it reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will respond (currently awaited). 

At 100,000 signatures the petition will be considered for debate in parliament.

Please sign and share - CLICK HERE

Reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right.

Review the sentencing guidelines for theft offences, so that where the theft of a family pet is involved, monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of the crime for sentencing purposes.
Ensure Police Forces are given appropriate guidance and training to record and investigate cases.
More than 60 dogs are stolen every week in England and Wales. Less than 5% of cases lead to convictions.
Pet theft is currently seen as no different to the theft of an inanimate object - despite pets being sentient beings. The theft of pets is generally categorised as robbery or burglary, but lead to minimal sentences. Enforcement of existing laws do not currently act as a deterrent or fit the crime itself.
For more information, please see: http://www.stolenandmissingpetsalliance.co.uk/