Many people are haveing their freedoms restricted due to the LACK of regulation in this area.

As an `obese Nation` we are encouraged to exersise etc, to use the many walks, woods and open spaces, which volunteers have restored and in many cases maintain. However, these places are littered with dog-faeces; there are clearly insufficient, indeed minimal prosecutions for this mess. With the exception of miltary dogs, police, guide dogs, and search & rescue dogs; all other dogs should be licensed & electronically `chipped`. The only dicounted license fees, should be for persons of state pension age. All other licenses ought to be in the region of £30/dog/annum; this will make a realistic return for adequate policing and administration, thus creating some employment possibilities. With an adequate No of dog-wardens, sufficiently empowered, spot checks could be a requirement to ensure dogs are chipped, and therfore traceable. All license applications could require the dog's breed and parentage; just like `cattle passports` which are operated from BCMS @ Workington; thus helping to eliminate dangerous breeds of dog being on our streets. In turn, it will help to avoid the annual deaths of young children from dangerous dogs.

Why is this idea important?

Many people who own dogs appear to need dicipline, there is an assumption that everyone in the UK loves dogs – not true. They interfere with other persons lives in many ways; there is always the fear factor as well as the mess they are allowed to leave in public places; there is the added danger of toxicaris (tape-worm) which can cause blidness in children if they are allowed to stroke untreated dogs and then digest the eggs of the said worm.

Many in the voluntary sector who have restored green areas and are friends/societies of Parks etc, are sick and tired of the mess caused, as their efforts are ignored by this minority of dog owners. Many grassed open spaces are being put to wild flowers etc, this leaves areas of long grass – dog owners see this as an opportunity for them to toilet their dogs!

PLEASE BRING BACK NATIONAL LEGISLATION TO CURB THIS PROBLEM, HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND CREATE SOME EMPLOYMENT AT THE SAME TIME

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