Ireland’s Dublin City Council has made a controversial decision to ban all dogs on its Control of Dogs list, putting many beloved family pets at risk of being confiscated and destroyed.
Under the Dublin Control of Dogs list, last updated in 1991 a number of popular dogs would now be banned. The dogs on the list are: Bulldog, German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Bull Mastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier, Rhodesian Ridgeback, English Bull Terrier, Japanese Akita, and any crosses of these dog breeds.
This move by the Dublin City Council has caused uproar. ANVIL Ireland has spoken out against the new dog ban. A representative fromANVIL, Miriam Anderson said, “this decision appears to have been made in the absence of any informed discussion with rescue or welfare groups. The fact that Dublin City Council has referred to all of these dog breeds as ‘dangerous dogs’ implies a total lack of understanding of both the breeds in question and the existing legislation.”
ANVIL Ireland went on to say that the reputations some of these dogs have is due to human irresponsibility. In some cases the breeds were actually first breed as herding dogs. The reasons some of these dogs have developed dangerous tendencies is down to poor breeding, poor owners and also the image of the dog as portrayed by the media.
Instead of a complete ban ANVIL is suggesting a much more sensible option in the control of dogs that could have the potential to be dangerous. They suggest that an increase in education about the breeds and better enforcement of the measure already in place would be a far better solution. ANVIL point out that every dog could potentially be dangerous if it had a bad owner.
ANVIL also points out that this new law could seriously affect dog owners that live in council housing and other city dwellers. If enforced that law would mean owners of these breeds would be unable to walk their dog in public areas such as parks.
Members of ANVIL has expressed their anger at this law saying, “It further proves how little we care for companion animals in this country when an ill advised decision like this can be taken so quickly, but we have waited over a year for the implementation of the dog breeding regulations, and almost 100 years for updated animal protection legislation. We cannot call ourselves civilised if we can treat animal in this cavalier fashion.” (ANVIL)
ANVIL stands for Animals Need a Voice in Legislation. The group was formed to try and ensure that animals were protected in any legislation passed. They want to give animals representation in government, all animals.
ANVIL Ireland press release