Repeal the Dangerous Dogs Act and reintroduce dog licences.
Repeal the Dangerous Dogs Act. Reintroduce Dog Licences to be granted only to dog owners who can demonstrate that they can care for and control their dogs. The licence should be renewable annually at a cost high enough to cover the cost s of testing, administration and supervision. Training could be available at a cost to the dog owner from the RSPCA and all dogs should be microchipped. Exemptions to the cost for guide dogs etc. and costs to owners of working dogs may be tax deductible.
Why does this idea matter?
All dogs are potentially dangerous although the results of attacks from some breeds are more severe than others. Legislation should be aimed at the owners not the dogs. Owners need to be held responsible for the behaviour of their dogs. Attacks from dogs which are not controlled are too common as are instances of neglected or abandoned dogs.