Repeal the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, which doesn't work. Don't bother trying to amend it; that won't work either. Start again, after taking expert advice and studying the evidence on irresponsible dog ownbership.

Why is this idea important?

The 1991 act banned ownership of four types of dog: the pit bull terrier, the Japanese tosa, the dogo Argentino and the fila Brasileiro.The RSPCA says it doesn't work. The evidence says it doesn't work. The act hasn't prevented tragic incidents like the sometimes fatal attacks on babies and children by dangerous dogs, which weren't all from these categories. It hasn't helped to reduce the cruelty and suffering inflicted on so-called status dogs used for illegal fighting. It ignores the fact that dogs from these breeds, such as the much-maligned pit bull, aren't necessarily dangerous. It ignores the fact that almost any dog can be dangerous, if it has a personality defect or is owned by an irresposnible person.

Reintroduce dog licences at a realistic rate and use the income to pay for the education and policing of dog owners. Increase the penalities in cruelty cases. Promote neutering.

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