NAWT Comments on the Government Response to the EFRA Committee report on Controlling Dangerous Dogs.
The Government’s response to EFRA’s Dangerous Dogs report is published today.
NAWT welcomes the fact that the Government is committed to gaining an insight into the detailed anatomy of a dog attack, rather than just focusing on the breed or type of dog.
To this end, the Government has commissioned research into the effectiveness of current dog control measures and the factors and situations leading to dog attacks, as well as exploring methods of collecting robust nationwide statistics on dog attacks, including the type of incident and the dogs involved.
It is disappointing that there is currently no appetite for making any substantial changes to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) especially with regard to allowing rescue and rehoming charities to rehome Section 1 banned breed dogs, which professional behaviour specialists have assessed to be of excellent temperament.
The most common dog on the banned breed list is the pit bull terrier type dog. However, NAWT hopes that the results of their research study will give the Government confidence to review the implications at a later stage.
In its written evidence to the EFRA Committee enquiry, NAWT concluded that any future approach to preventing dog attacks should focus on the human element in terms of highlighting the high-risk occasions for potential dog attacks and advising dog owners and visitors how to keep themselves, their children and their dogs safe.
In short, society needs to recognise that the responsibility for preventing dog attacks lies with the human and not the dog.