Meeting first of its kind to discuss new strategy on
The Kennel Club, the UK's largest dog welfare organisation, will
lead discussions on the need for better investigation into dog bite
incidents, at a meeting at its Clarges Street offices, London, W1,
on Monday (26 January).
The meeting, which could influence the future of dangerous dog
legislation, is the first of its kind in bringing together experts
from across the veterinary and medical professions, the police,
local authorities, government representatives, academics,
sociologists, as well as animal welfare charities to explore ways
to move forward with a strategy on dangerous dogs.
The Kennel Club has invited experts in this field, including
animal behaviourist, vet and expert witness in dangerous dogs
cases, Kendal Shepherd; veterinary surgeon, Danielle Greenberg; and
facial reconstruction surgeon, Chris Mannion, who will present the
view supported by the Kennel Club that preventative measures are
needed to reduce the number of dog bite incidents that occur,
beginning with proper investigation into these incidents.
Currently there is a lack of detailed data to explain why dog bite
incidents occur in the first place and, as such, no thoroughly
effective or evidence-based education measures are being
implemented to reduce them.
The Kennel Club believes that dangerous dog law should be updated
and consolidated and replaced with preventative measures based on
evidence gathered through data collected on a national level from
hospitals and GPs, veterinary surgeries, police dog units, and dog
wardens, amongst other sources, instead of laws based on the
stereotyping of certain breeds.
The Kennel Club will present these views at the meeting in the
first step towards planning and implementing a strategy to secure
government support for greater data collection, and subsequently,
evidence-based education strategies.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Kennel Club is
firmly of the view that dangerous dog law as it stands is next to
useless and has done nothing whatsoever to reduce the number of dog
biting incidents across the UK. Instead it demonises certain
breeds based on stereotypes and not scientific evidence.
"There are a range of factors which contribute to dog biting
incidents and each incident is specific to its circumstances, and
we need accurate data to build a more reliable picture of the
incidence of dog bites and their causes.
"The issues being presented at the meeting fully tie in with the
Kennel Club's A Dog's Life manifesto, which was launched to advise
an incoming government on how to improve dog welfare. The Kennel
Club, alongside other dog welfare organisations, is perfectly
placed to offer guidance and expertise on the subject of dogs and
we hope that a new government will be open to working with us,
including on a new strategy for dangerous dogs."
More information on the Kennel Club's dangerous dogs campaign work
can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dangerousdogs.
Biographies for four key speakers at the dangerous dog meeting
being held by the Kennel Club:
Kendal Shepherd BVSc CCAB MRCVS
Kendal qualified from Bristol University in 1978. With
extensive experience in small animal practice, she was the first
veterinary surgeon to be accredited by ASAB as a certificated
clinical animal behaviourist in 2005. She is currently
heavily involved in the behavioural assessment of dogs for the
Courts under both sections 1 and 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act
Danielle Greenberg BA Hons (Oxon.) MA BVSc
Danielle studied Modern History at Oxford University before
following her dream to become a vet. She qualified in 1998, and
works in a busy small animal hospital in Liverpool.
Christopher J. Mannion FRCS(Eng.)
FDSRCS(Eng.) PGC MedEd FHEA
Christopher qualified in Dentistry and then in Medicine from
Guys, Kings and St Thomas' Medical school. Christopher works as a
Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS
Trust. He has a subspecialty interest in trauma and facial
reconstruction. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University
of Leeds, School of Medicine, and is the Training Programme
Director for training in Maxillofacial Surgery.
Bill is the Kennel Club Health & Breeder Services Manager.
Bill has been involved with dogs all his life and bred his first
litter in 1982. He is a Championship show judge of Bull Terriers
and Miniature Bull Terriers and has officiated in a number of
countries around the world. He is a former Vice Chairman of the
Bull Terrier Club, and was a Committee Member from 1984 to 2007.
Bill's interest in dangerous dogs began as early as the late 1970s
when the American Pit Bull Terrier was first imported into the UK
in large numbers and since that time he has visited breeders across
the globe to gain a fuller understanding.