KC Dog is becoming increasingly concerned about proposals from
local authorities to implement compulsory dog DNA registers in a
variety of areas across the country (notably in Barking &
Dagenham and Warrington). We have been meeting with Government
departments including the Department of Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, and the Home Office about this, as well as a local
authority intent on taking this forward, as we do not consider such
proposals to be reasonable.
Under the proposals samples of dog poo left in public spaces
would be collected and analysed, from this a DNA profile would be
generated and matched back to the offending dog on the DNA
register. The registered keeper of the dog would then be sent a
fine through the post. To work this would require the dog to be
registered on the database, so ultimately it would mean that all
dog owners in that area, or visiting that area, would need to have
their dog's DNA registered on a database - at a cost to them, in
order to walk their dog.
If a dog is not registered to the database, it is impossible to
identify its owner, and this is one of the major issues with a DNA
register approach. Those who are intent on not picking up (or for
that matter those with banned types of dogs - pit bulls etc) are
unlikely to submit their dogs for DNA testing, and therefore it is
unlikely that this sort of scheme will result in a substantial
reduction in dog fouling - but will be a significant burden on
responsible dog owners.
We have written a detailed document about why we do not believe
compulsory registers will be effective or fair.
This can be found here