It is extremely important as it is obvious that this law was not thought through properly and was `rushed` on to the statute book without any consideration for not only animal welfare but the freedom of any individual that has dogs. Just an afterthought that, like me, I doubt if it deterrs anyone who strongly believes in the rights of going about everyday things such as taking your dogs out and not worrying about them `hunting`. I shall fight it if I am criminalised.
Whilst agreeing with all the previous comments regarding this ridiculous law, all I can add is that I take the chance of becoming a criminal every time I take my 3 dogs out. Stupidity in the extreme.