Local Authorities should provide Urban Fox Control

Lets face it, in urban areas the foxes are getting out of control and nobody is willing to do anything about it.

Wrecking gardens, digging under properties, fouling our schools, attacking our pets, livestock and even reports of urban foxes attacking children & adults.

Boris Johnson said the local councils should start taking pest control more seriously following the attack of the Hackney twins in June 2010.

Has there been any changes or improvements? NO

Why is this idea important?

Lets face it, in urban areas the foxes are getting out of control and nobody is willing to do anything about it.

Wrecking gardens, digging under properties, fouling our schools, attacking our pets, livestock and even reports of urban foxes attacking children & adults.

Boris Johnson said the local councils should start taking pest control more seriously following the attack of the Hackney twins in June 2010.

Has there been any changes or improvements? NO

Reduce restrictions for dog-owners in shops, restaurants and pubs

The presence of dogs in a pub or other food eating area is no more unhygienic than the people that enter, yet dogs are banned willy-nilly from many pubs and eating-places. This reduces usage and therefore undermines the viability of the premises. I have dined in France with the owners' dogs resting their heads on my knee in restaurants, and have suffered no ill-effects. The over-regulation of food and drink premises is a major nonsense, but pales into insignificance as a lunacy when a sports shop claims that dogs are not allowed on grounds of health and safety.

Cut the red tape and make the premises the responsibility of the owner, not a local authority employee.

Why is this idea important?

The presence of dogs in a pub or other food eating area is no more unhygienic than the people that enter, yet dogs are banned willy-nilly from many pubs and eating-places. This reduces usage and therefore undermines the viability of the premises. I have dined in France with the owners' dogs resting their heads on my knee in restaurants, and have suffered no ill-effects. The over-regulation of food and drink premises is a major nonsense, but pales into insignificance as a lunacy when a sports shop claims that dogs are not allowed on grounds of health and safety.

Cut the red tape and make the premises the responsibility of the owner, not a local authority employee.

Allow Pets to Travel Internationally

Where did this crazy myth start up, that the Continent is riddled with rabies?

Fill in the missing letters: T*b*oids.

There might have been some rabies issue in the 80s, but within a few years of spraying animal habitats with antidote food-pellets, the number of infected aniimals had dimininshed to practically zero. This was achieved within a few years by the 1990s.

Yet it was NEVER reported on.

Well, it’s now 20 years on from 1990, and we’re still the nanny state we were then. (Even worse if you count everything else.)

A number of other rabies-free countries (like Finland and Cyprus) have already signed up for the Schengen freedom-of-movement agreement. And I’d hate to count the number of times I’ve been scratched and bitten by playful cats on the Continent.

Time we reviewed and reformed this uniquely British crazy law.

Why is this idea important?

Where did this crazy myth start up, that the Continent is riddled with rabies?

Fill in the missing letters: T*b*oids.

There might have been some rabies issue in the 80s, but within a few years of spraying animal habitats with antidote food-pellets, the number of infected aniimals had dimininshed to practically zero. This was achieved within a few years by the 1990s.

Yet it was NEVER reported on.

Well, it’s now 20 years on from 1990, and we’re still the nanny state we were then. (Even worse if you count everything else.)

A number of other rabies-free countries (like Finland and Cyprus) have already signed up for the Schengen freedom-of-movement agreement. And I’d hate to count the number of times I’ve been scratched and bitten by playful cats on the Continent.

Time we reviewed and reformed this uniquely British crazy law.

Retain the Ragwort Control Act 2003

The fact that there are few notified incidences of death or liver damage to animals is itself evidence of the effectiveness of the RCA 2003. If there was no control Ragwort would spread exponentially.

The incidences and severity of damage to animals would increase accordingly. It is a very persistent weed and once it takes hold can be expensive as a result of having to use a suitable weedkiller or take a number of years to properly eradicate from land by painstaking and careful pulling up of the plant with it's roots.

Whatever the number of actually reported incidences there are Ragwort does damage the liver of animals. To leave it unrestricted will simply increase incidences and underlying problems of animals which fail to be related to the consumption of ragwort with consequences tthat the animal is unaware of.

Why is this idea important?

The fact that there are few notified incidences of death or liver damage to animals is itself evidence of the effectiveness of the RCA 2003. If there was no control Ragwort would spread exponentially.

The incidences and severity of damage to animals would increase accordingly. It is a very persistent weed and once it takes hold can be expensive as a result of having to use a suitable weedkiller or take a number of years to properly eradicate from land by painstaking and careful pulling up of the plant with it's roots.

Whatever the number of actually reported incidences there are Ragwort does damage the liver of animals. To leave it unrestricted will simply increase incidences and underlying problems of animals which fail to be related to the consumption of ragwort with consequences tthat the animal is unaware of.

Hobby breeding more defined laws

Hobby breeders should have a more consistant law for breeding, not just the individual council bylaw.  It should be consistant across the UK and be more understanding to the hobby breeder. Who do not breed for profit, but for continuation of lines, and take time choosing a stud dog, health testing, and most of all with the puppies.  They should be recognised for what they are, not penalised because they do not see their dog as commercial gain.  Many councils are using the loop hole in the law to dictate that only one litter is breed per year without a licence.  An essence on quality not quantity.

After all a licenced breeder has no restriction on how many litters a year they can breed or if they are designer or pedigree breeds.  Most dont even health test.  As everything is purely for profit.

Why is this idea important?

Hobby breeders should have a more consistant law for breeding, not just the individual council bylaw.  It should be consistant across the UK and be more understanding to the hobby breeder. Who do not breed for profit, but for continuation of lines, and take time choosing a stud dog, health testing, and most of all with the puppies.  They should be recognised for what they are, not penalised because they do not see their dog as commercial gain.  Many councils are using the loop hole in the law to dictate that only one litter is breed per year without a licence.  An essence on quality not quantity.

After all a licenced breeder has no restriction on how many litters a year they can breed or if they are designer or pedigree breeds.  Most dont even health test.  As everything is purely for profit.

Repeal of the hunting ban

As a simple working class city person with very little spare money to purchase a horse and all the other necessary items required to go hunting, even if I wished to which I don't, but a strong belief in my right to spend my money in any way that  I like within reason and having read the comments posted here which  I have been persuaded by I can only say to all those that want to dictate to others how they spend their own hard earned money that they would do more good in the cities trying to persuade all those young thugs to give up their knives, guns etc and allow their neighbours to live in peace & not be afraid to go out of their homes without fear instead of chasing around the countryside hiding behind bushes ,trees etc trying to get photographs of people trying to do a job that is necessary to keep the balance of nature. Finally I would add that out of interest I have been to a few meets to see what happens, have been made very welcome and have yet to meet these 'toffs' some of you refer to. In fact I am left wondering if any of you that do all the shouting have ever taken the trouble to go to a 'meet' or just talk out of ignorance. IanD.

Why is this idea important?

As a simple working class city person with very little spare money to purchase a horse and all the other necessary items required to go hunting, even if I wished to which I don't, but a strong belief in my right to spend my money in any way that  I like within reason and having read the comments posted here which  I have been persuaded by I can only say to all those that want to dictate to others how they spend their own hard earned money that they would do more good in the cities trying to persuade all those young thugs to give up their knives, guns etc and allow their neighbours to live in peace & not be afraid to go out of their homes without fear instead of chasing around the countryside hiding behind bushes ,trees etc trying to get photographs of people trying to do a job that is necessary to keep the balance of nature. Finally I would add that out of interest I have been to a few meets to see what happens, have been made very welcome and have yet to meet these 'toffs' some of you refer to. In fact I am left wondering if any of you that do all the shouting have ever taken the trouble to go to a 'meet' or just talk out of ignorance. IanD.

Massive expenditure on protecting endangered species which are not threatened

Developers and construction companies are spending inordinate amounts of money on the protection of 'endangered' species which are not endangered as a consequence of planning approval. The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 is the main piece of law. The fact is that the badger is still classed as a protected species (the Protection of Badgers Act 1992). As we know these creatures are not rare now and have setts everywhere and this can hold up developers for months for anything from a new motorway down to a new housing estate. It is costing millions in delay & disruption and feathering the nests of environmental consultants including English Nature with no added value to the environment. In the case of great crested newts. This is classified as a rare species in Europe because they are all in the UK. You can bet you're bottom dollar that where you find a pond the enviromentalists will find at least one newt. It only takes one newt egg to be found to create a scenario of severe delay & cost as the whole machinery of complying with the 'Newt Licence' from English Nature is enacted. You could build a wildlife park for newts for the money it is costing as the result of finding one newt egg.

Why is this idea important?

Developers and construction companies are spending inordinate amounts of money on the protection of 'endangered' species which are not endangered as a consequence of planning approval. The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 is the main piece of law. The fact is that the badger is still classed as a protected species (the Protection of Badgers Act 1992). As we know these creatures are not rare now and have setts everywhere and this can hold up developers for months for anything from a new motorway down to a new housing estate. It is costing millions in delay & disruption and feathering the nests of environmental consultants including English Nature with no added value to the environment. In the case of great crested newts. This is classified as a rare species in Europe because they are all in the UK. You can bet you're bottom dollar that where you find a pond the enviromentalists will find at least one newt. It only takes one newt egg to be found to create a scenario of severe delay & cost as the whole machinery of complying with the 'Newt Licence' from English Nature is enacted. You could build a wildlife park for newts for the money it is costing as the result of finding one newt egg.

Dromedaries and Bactrians

Why is camel ownership restricted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act? Most camel breeds are no more wild than domestic cattle, and far less dangerous than most bulls, yet this largely placid breed is among lions, tigers and crocodiles.  Even if you can get a lical authority permit to own a dromedary or bactrian, councils will impose a raft of requirements which will generally preclude you taking it anywhere. It's absurd.

Why is this idea important?

Why is camel ownership restricted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act? Most camel breeds are no more wild than domestic cattle, and far less dangerous than most bulls, yet this largely placid breed is among lions, tigers and crocodiles.  Even if you can get a lical authority permit to own a dromedary or bactrian, councils will impose a raft of requirements which will generally preclude you taking it anywhere. It's absurd.

remove movement ban on livestock

remove the animal six day movement ban as it restricts farming business (and is still enforced from 2001 foot & mouth outbreak) It  is of no benefit to disease control and is costly to both farming and Trading standards council enforcement officers. 

Why is this idea important?

remove the animal six day movement ban as it restricts farming business (and is still enforced from 2001 foot & mouth outbreak) It  is of no benefit to disease control and is costly to both farming and Trading standards council enforcement officers. 

Repeal of the Fur Farm Act

Repeal of the Fur Farming in the UK Act on the grounds:
1. It set a dangerous precedent in UK Law:
a Law was passed in ‘the interests of public morality’ – no legal precedent for such rubbish
2. It sends out a bad public message about a completely legitimate, ethical, Conservation friendly material. Fur is an infinitely renewable resource. The alternatives; made from petro chemicals are evidently as we see in the Gulf of Mexico are not eco friendly and are finite.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal of the Fur Farming in the UK Act on the grounds:
1. It set a dangerous precedent in UK Law:
a Law was passed in ‘the interests of public morality’ – no legal precedent for such rubbish
2. It sends out a bad public message about a completely legitimate, ethical, Conservation friendly material. Fur is an infinitely renewable resource. The alternatives; made from petro chemicals are evidently as we see in the Gulf of Mexico are not eco friendly and are finite.

Reform of the Animal Health Act 1981

The Animal Health Act 1981 gives powers to government to make orders allowing authorised officers to enter land without permission of the landowner to carry out destruction of any wild members of a species to which the order relates that may be on that land, if the Minister is satisfied this is necessary in order to eliminate, or substantially reduce the incidence of the specified disease in animals of any kind in the area.

In light of the potential major disruption to established ecosystems due to the eradication of protected species, along with the serious infringement of the basic civil liberty to peacefully enjoyment of one's property, the wording of the Act should be tightened to 'if the Minister is satisfied this is absolutely essential to eliminate the specified disease in animals of any kind in the area'.

Why is this idea important?

The Animal Health Act 1981 gives powers to government to make orders allowing authorised officers to enter land without permission of the landowner to carry out destruction of any wild members of a species to which the order relates that may be on that land, if the Minister is satisfied this is necessary in order to eliminate, or substantially reduce the incidence of the specified disease in animals of any kind in the area.

In light of the potential major disruption to established ecosystems due to the eradication of protected species, along with the serious infringement of the basic civil liberty to peacefully enjoyment of one's property, the wording of the Act should be tightened to 'if the Minister is satisfied this is absolutely essential to eliminate the specified disease in animals of any kind in the area'.

Change the Rabies Legislation to enable service dogs to enter UK without quarantine

The United Kingdom is unique amongst the western world in having a near zero level of rabies (an awful disease). Thanks to our strict quarantine rules. However, the rules need to be clarified with respect to guide and service dogs travelling with their owners from outside the UK.

At the moment, the UK government permits Guide Dogs trained by Guide Dogs for the Blind to travel in and out of the UK without the need for quarantine. However, dogs from outside the UK, with a full medical history and full up to date rabies vaccinations, are not exempt from quarantine. This means that anyone travelling to or through the UK has to register their guide/ service dog with the PETS and travel on some of the most expensive routes in to the UK.


 

Why is this idea important?

The United Kingdom is unique amongst the western world in having a near zero level of rabies (an awful disease). Thanks to our strict quarantine rules. However, the rules need to be clarified with respect to guide and service dogs travelling with their owners from outside the UK.

At the moment, the UK government permits Guide Dogs trained by Guide Dogs for the Blind to travel in and out of the UK without the need for quarantine. However, dogs from outside the UK, with a full medical history and full up to date rabies vaccinations, are not exempt from quarantine. This means that anyone travelling to or through the UK has to register their guide/ service dog with the PETS and travel on some of the most expensive routes in to the UK.


 

Repeal the Hunting Laws & the Countryside Act

Whilst I would agree that the dispatch of a fox should be humanely managed the hunt is part of the rich pattern of countryside life which is now in danger of being legislated into extiction. The countryside act also does nothing to support the hunt as it places impossible restrictions on the control of dogs on open moorland. Threatening all dog owners with police action and fines is a nonsense as the laws are impossible to police. Education of the general public with regards to behaviour in the countryside is more important than beating them with a big stick. I hold up the New Forest as a model for educating users of it's facilities that perhaps the rest of the land owners/managers should follow. 

Why is this idea important?

Whilst I would agree that the dispatch of a fox should be humanely managed the hunt is part of the rich pattern of countryside life which is now in danger of being legislated into extiction. The countryside act also does nothing to support the hunt as it places impossible restrictions on the control of dogs on open moorland. Threatening all dog owners with police action and fines is a nonsense as the laws are impossible to police. Education of the general public with regards to behaviour in the countryside is more important than beating them with a big stick. I hold up the New Forest as a model for educating users of it's facilities that perhaps the rest of the land owners/managers should follow.