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Western Australia: Service association wants stricter BSL

The misleadingly-named WA Local Government Association (which is not a government agency) is pushing for revised dog control laws that would include stricter regulations for “dangerous breeds.” It intends to survey local governments to get their ideas and perspectives (and presumably support). Western Australia already has BSL in place for the Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier, and “pit bull.”

Contact info for WALGA: http://www.walga.asn.au/AboutWALGA/WALGADetailsContacts.aspx

Dog control laws ‘outdated’

Phoebe Wearne, The West Australian
June 7, 2012, 9:55 am

[…] The WA Local Government Association plans to draw councils on their views on a push for tougher restrictions on dangerous dog breeds.

[…] Mr Pickard said it was encouraging that proposed amendments to the Bill included prohibiting availability, breeding and sale of dangerous breeds, sterilisation of dangerous breeds, increased penalties for irresponsible owners and powers for local rangers. […]

Full article retrieved 6/9/12 from http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/13893243/dog-control-laws-outdated/

Press release from the WA Local Government Association (basically similar to the “news article”): http://www.walga.asn.au/NewsPublications/tabid/66/id/85b2f6ff-716a-4d5e-a161-ad59b20c8431/Default.aspx

Trinidad and Tobago: BSL to go into effect, August 2012

We last reported on Trinidad and Tobago in May 2011. Trinidad and Tobago has had BSL in place since 2000 (regulating “pit bulls,” Japanese Tosa, and Fila Brasiliero), but the Act has never been enforced. T&T government has decided to enforce the BSL, effective August 2012.

Last year, the government was considering some revisions to the Dangerous Dogs Act, but as of today, they have decided not to revise it. The T&T Dangerous Dogs Act currently mirrors the Dangerous Dog Act of the UK, which has been a miserable failure.

The following news article also contains the text of the DDA for T&T. Click the article link (below) to read the entire article and to see the text of the DDA.

Man’s best friend in the doghouse

By CAROL MATROO Sunday, May 20 2012

Despite misgivings by various interest groups and dog lovers throughout Trinidad and Tobago, Government will apparently make the Dangerous Dogs Act law on August 1 without amendment.

The act, originally inspired by former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, was passed in June 2000 but was never proclaimed. It requires owners of dangerous dogs to be at least 18 years old, carry $250,000 insurance, adhere to special containment requirements, sterilisation and registration, and to apply and obtain a $500 annual licence per dog. […]

Full article retrieved 5/21/12 from http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,160437.html

All alerts for T&T: http://www.stopbsl.org/?s=trinidad

New Zealand: Presa Canario added to import ban

The New Zealand parliament has recently added the Perro de Presa Canario to Schedule 4.

New Zealand’s Dog Control Act 1996 prohibits the import of any dog believed to be of a breed listed in Schedule 4. Such dogs already in New Zealand are also classified as “menacing.” Menacing dogs must be leashed and muzzled in public; they may also be required to be neutered.

The breeds and types of dogs that are listed on Schedule 4 are now currently as follows: American Pit Bull Terrier (type), Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, and Presa Canario.

The committee report on Dog Control (Perro de Presa Canario) Order 2010 may be read here: http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/2B34A146-823B-47C2-B582-3C38B8D291A4/164778/DBSCH_SCR_4928_DogControlPerrodePresaCanarioOrder2.pdf


Subang Jaya, Malaysia: Seven breeds banned

Perplexingly, though the article cites several attacks by Rottweilers and public concern and comments are focused primarily on Rottweilers, that breed has not been targeted by the new breed ban.

The ban goes into effect immediately and does not contain a grandfather clause.

Pit bull among seven breeds banned in Subang Jaya

By EDWARD R. HENRY, edward@thestar.com.my

SEVEN dog breeds — Akita, Neapolitan Mastiff, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanesa Tosa and American Pit bull — are set to vanish from households in Subang Jaya soon.[…]

MPSJ director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin said the ban was with immediate effect.

He said the council had begun operations to check residential areas in the township for such dog breeds.[…]

Full article retrieved 4/14/11 from http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/4/14/central/8475437&sec=central

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.

Tasmania, Australia: Tougher Controls on Dangerous Dogs (BSL passed)

The following dogs are now considered “restricted breeds” in Tasmania. There are special requirements for owners of these types of dogs:

(a) dogo Argentino;
(b) fila Brasileiro;
(c) Japanese tosa;
(d) American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier;
(e) Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario;
(f) any other breed, kind or description of dog whose importation into Australia is prohibited by or under the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth.

Read the entire Dog Control Amendment Act 2009 here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/tas/bill/dcab27o2009243/


Tougher Controls on Dangerous Dogs

[…] Changes to the Act include:

• Stronger control measures on dangerous dogs, including child-proof enclosures of a minimum standard.
• Stronger provisions for councils to seize and detain dogs.
• A new noise abatement notice process to tackle problem barking dogs.
• A new classification of restricted breed dog with stronger control requirements.
• Mandatory de-sexing of restricted breed dogs and dangerous dogs.
• Restrictions on selling and exchanging dangerous and restricted breed dogs.
• Compulsory micro-chipping of all dogs.[…]