to be surprised so few have signed?

(56 Posts)
Flojobunny Sun 07-Apr-13 11:01:52

Just signed the 'Justice for Jade' e-petition.
If it reaches 100,000 signature, they can discuss it in parliament.
Surprised to find only 2,000 or so votes.
It is to change the law so people can be prosecuted if their dog attacks on private property.
Is this not important?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Nancy66 Mon 08-Apr-13 08:37:04

If you're going to go to the trouble to launch a petition which, presumably, you want hundreds of thousands of people to sign - then why would you not proof read the wording?

Yes, I know it's petty but the fact it's so badly written will put many off.

HollyBerryBush Mon 08-Apr-13 08:37:52

I fail to see what isn't already covered by DEFRA and the Dangerous Dogs Act

www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/dog-ownership/

I didn't know this - that there is free microchipping available to all dogs at present, with becoming compulsory in April 2016 along with registering the animal.

""All dogs will need to be microchipped by 6 April 2016. This will allow people and small businesses, such as breeders, to adapt to the new requirement. The legislative mechanism to introduce this measure will be by regulations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

From that date owners will need to have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available; owners will have to register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away. Any owner will have to keep their contact details up to date on the microchip databases.""

Again this is already in the pipeline:

Summary

Defra sought views on a proposed package of measures aimed at tackling irresponsible ownership of dogs. The main proposals:
•Extending the criminal offence of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control to private property (where the dog has a right to be);
•Compulsory microchipping of dogs;
•Removing the need to seize and kennel all dogs where court proceeding are pending; and
•Increase the fee for placing a dog on the Index of Exempted Dogs

Verbalpunchbag Mon 08-Apr-13 08:43:28

Holly considering the glacial speed at which government often moves I don't see what harm a prod in the right direction from the public will do.

HollyBerryBush Mon 08-Apr-13 08:47:21

True, but that ^ is as the result of public consultation in April-June 2012.

So by my reckoning, within a year they already have free microchipping available to everyone, with it becoming compulsory in another 3 years - that is actually quite a speed

Sommink Mon 08-Apr-13 08:55:51

I was bitten by a dog. I wouldn't call myself attacked.

I was picking up stones and throwing them into a stream, a dog off its lead came over and tried to get the stone out of my hand. I still have the scars and it was very painful. Even if the dog isn't attacking what it can do to a small child is still dangerous and the effects can last a lifetime.

My daughter is terrified of dogs. When she was 2 four dogs off the lead ran up to her and jumped up at her. I picked her up so she was higher and they still jumped. Their owners didn't even bother to apologise. At 5 she would still run into the road if a dog came near her as she looks for any form of escape and you can physically see her pail.

I feel dogs of leads if a far bigger issue. Just because you are happy with your dog being off the lead and feel you have full recall doesn't mean everyone around you is happy, or that other dogs who are on their leads will be happy with a dog running up to them.

Sorry to go off topic.

I won't be signing the petition.

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