Dogs (Amendment) Bill
Proposals contained within the Bill include:
- The introduction of compulsory microchipping of dogs;
- An increase in the cost of the existing dog licence;
- Amendments to existing legislation on dangerous dogs to include
attacks taking place on private property and dog on dog attacks;
- The introduction of a range of dog 'control conditions' which
can be imposed on dog licenses.
The Kennel Club opposes licensing, but welcomes the introduction
of 'control conditions' and the extension of current legislation to
include attacks on private property. The Kennel Club also supports
proposals to bring in compulsory microchipping.
Welfare of Animals Bill
The Bill contains proposals for the general protection from
suffering and applies to all vertebrates. It contains specific
sections dealing with tail docking, showing of docked dogs and
The Kennel Club in general welcomes the greater protection from
cruelty for all animals but is disappointed at the lack of
proposals to tackle the farming and trafficking of puppies without
regard to their health or welfare or that of the breeding bitch.
Introducing stricter regulation in regard to breeding would reduce
the volume of litters bred, ensure better education of the puppy
buying public and ultimately reduce straying. The Kennel Club is
opposed to legislation regarding the docking of dogs' tails which
it believes should be a decision for the individual breeder based
on his or her own knowledge of the dog.
Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill is an
Executive-led Bill which, amongst its objectives, aims to create
powers for local authorities to make restrictions on access for dog
walkers to public places within the authority boundaries.
The proposed 'dog control orders' are:
- Dog fouling
- Dogs on leads
- Dog exclusion
- Maximum number of dogs to be walked by one person
The Kennel Club is proposing a number of amendments to the
- Introduction of a right of appeal following public
- Requirement on local authorities to consult through a variety
of channels, as well as placing public notices in local
- Requirement on local authorities to specify the land to which
the order shall apply, in order that meaningful public consultation
can take place.
- Requirement on local authorities to report access restrictions
made to DOE (or other body) to enable record to be kept and
- To include the 'dogs on leads by direction' order, with a
requirement for authorised officers tasked with enforcing
legislation to hold or undergo training in dog behaviour enabling
them to adequately determine when this should be used.
Visit our KC Dog pages to find
out how the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 has
affected dog owners in England and Wales.
What can I do?
Contact your Member of the
Legislative Assembly (MLA) and ask them to support the Kennel
Club's amendments. For help on what to include in your letter, use our suggested wording as
You may also wish to arrange a meeting with your MLA to discuss
these proposals face-to-face.
For more information, or for further advice on how you can
influence the debate, contact the Kennel Club Public Affairs Team
on 020 7518 1020.