UK: Update on DDA repeal

In the UK, the Dangerous Dog Act of 1991 bans four breeds of dogs: “Pit bulls,” Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Braziliero. Lord Redesdale has introduced a private members’ bill, Dog Control Bill [HL] 2010-11, that would replace the DDA. Lord Redesdale’s bill is breed-neutral.

In July 2010, the bill was debated in the House of Lords. A recent press release indicated that the bill was to move to Committee Stage on Jan 21.

However, the Parliament Bill Tracker indicates that the bill has not yet moved into Committee Stage.

The bill may be tracked here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/dogcontrolhl.html

A BBC news article about the bill may be viewed here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/cambridgeshire/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9373000/9373155.stm

The BBC article indicates that the bill was “postponed” on Jan 21 before it reached Committee Stage. I am unfamiliar with the legislative process in the UK, so I do not know what postponement means for the bill.

The Kennel Club (UK) has further information and a link to a petition: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/3532/23/5/3

I encourage UK residents to reach out to their national lawmakers to show support for Lord Redesdale’s Dog Control Bill [HL] 2010-11.

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