Lennox Law
  • Petitioned UK Government,Uk Parliament/The House of Commons

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Department for Enviroment Food & Rural Affairs
UK Government,Uk Parliament/The House of Commons

Lennox Law

    1. Linda Rice
    2. Petition by

      Linda Rice

      Farnborough, United Kingdom

Under the current Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) a dog,of any breed or mixed breed,can be seized and subject to destruction based on how he/she 'looks',and/or by certain measurements deeming them to be 'of type' . This is without doubt a form of racial profiling which cannot continue.
We,the People,ask that the current BSL law be firstly terminated and then be replaced by a new law we would term 'Lennox Law' .


Under 'Lennox Law' a dog can only be seized and subject to destruction based on its actions,not based on its looks and/or breed,and certainly not based on meer measurements of certain areas of its body.


Under this new law we propose that each individual animal be assessed,by leading experts in the field of Animal Behaviour,to determine if they indeed pose a threat to society,along side which we also propose any and all mitigating circumstances be taken into account should a dog be seized for misconduct of any nature;for example was the animal under undue stress at the time of the alleged misconduct?;was the animal 'baited' in anyway to provoke alleged misconduct? etc. In direct connection with this clause it is asked that 'owner culpability' be looked into,should it be deemed the owner is in fact at fault through incorrect handling of the dog involved,or through actively 'training' the dog to behave in an unacceptable manner,that the owner be held accountable NOT the animal. It is asked should the owner be found accountable for the dogs misconduct that they (a) be charged with each offence relating to the incident resulting in the dogs seizure (b) be charged with animal cruelty and (c) be banned from owning dogs again for set period of time no less than 15 years,upto a complete life-time ban depending on the nature of the offence. It is asked any dog found to have been 'used' by an owner in this manner be given the opportunity for rehabiliation,re-training and rehoming under the supervision of Animal Behaviourists as well as Breed Specific Rescue. It is further asked if 'owner culpability' be found to be the cause of the misconduct resulting in the dogs seizure and subsequent trial that the owner be made to reimburse fully the cost of kennelling,including feeding and any vet treatment needed while in custody,as well as be made to pay the court fee's resulting from the trial on top of any additional fines added for offences in relation to the case. Also the owner will be financially responsible for the rehabilitation of their dog to allow for rehoming to be possible as opposed to having the dog destroyed. They will cover all costs of such rehabilitation,including payment in full to the Animal Behaviourists involved.

Its is also asked that any dog seized for being 'of type' be subject to DNA testing to establish if they are indeed one of the breeds banned under the current DDA laws,if they are found to indeed be 'of type' after DNA testing it is asked they be given the option of rehoming outside of the area where the ban applies,to a loving new home,should their temperament be found to be sound and balanced by Animal Behaviourists involved in the individuals case. It is asked that a Breed Specific Rescue be bought in,to work along side the Animal Behaviourists involved,to handle any and all such rehomings to ensure the animal goes to the best home possible.


We,the People, ask our proposed new law be put to The House of Commons,and ultimately to UK Goverment, to instigate the change and to make 'Lennox Law' the way forward in conjunction with The Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991.

*Revised Clause* 15/03/13

It is asked that the current ban of 'PITBULL/TYPE' dogs be LIFTED as part of the Lennox Law 'owner responsibility' clause.

Too many dogs are deemed 'of type' or 'Pitbull'-which incidentally IS NOT a recognised ''BREED'' -therefore should NOT be included as a banned ''breed'' under DDA 1991 to begin with-and seized and destroyed unfairly based on look alone. This does nothing to protect the public OR the animal itself and only serves to create confusion,fear and further bigotry. Lifting the current ban on Pitbull/type dogs and focusing more on 'owner culpabilty/responsibilty' will undoubtedly prove that these dogs are NOT a danger to the public and stop countless needless deaths due to this current legislation, it will also allow more dogs to be safely rehomed through rescues as apposed to destruction as at present the ones who find themselves in rescue are deemed 'unworthy' of being given the best homes possible,or indeed the right to a life, through no fault of their own and are killed unnecessarily when hundreds of people are ready to give them a loving,secure home for life. The focus can then be placed fairly on a 'deed not breed' basis of seizure,only allowing dogs who have done harm to be seized and allowing the majority who do no wrong their right to life.


Please sign below to put your name forward in agreement with this proposed new law. Thank you.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Petition closing.

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is closing. My warmest thanks to every single person who signed. For full info on why this is now being closed please visit our facebook page via www.facebook.com/llp2012
      Deepest regrets
      Linda Rice

    2. Two years and STILL fighting for change!

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow 11/07/14 marks the second anniversary of Lennox's murder by BCC. It is a time for all anti BSL supporters to reflect on his story and understand further the need for this new unbiased law in Lennox's name. We have been fighting so hard for this change and will continue to do so until UK government abolish BSL law for good. Please continue to sign/share to aid our fight. Our thoughts are with the Barnes family during this sad anniversary and our pledge to them is that Lennox Law WILL
      succeed in honouring Lennox by making this law in his name a reality no matter how long it takes,or how hard we have to fight to be heard. RIP Lennox <3

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. Typo!

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      In *London :)

    5. Anti BSL Walk with Lennox Law

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      Lennox Law are holding an Anti BSL walk in Lindon on Saturday 13th July,see www.lennoxlawpetition.info for details :)

      Lennox Law - Home

      Welcome to the information page for the Lennox Law Petition. Here I aim to give you one page where you can easily access all the links you will need to, firstly, sign for this proposed new law but also where you can follow progress and support the campaign via social media sites, plus give you full insight into what I hope to achieve with this petition and ultimately new, humane law to replace current Breed Specific Legislation.

    6. Reached 9,000 signatures
    7. Shimmer...

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      While I appreciate the public outcry relating to the seizure of Shimmer last Friday 08/03/13 please can people bear in mind that this petition is NOT aimed at saving individual dogs. Please follow Shimmers story and support the family devestated by this seizure by joining the FB group specifically set up for this individual case "Bring Shimmer Home". please continue to sign for Lennox Law as a means to ending Breed Specific Legislation and protecting ALL BREEDS. Thank you x

    8. Reached 8,000 signatures
    9. New info video narrated by Samantha Fox.

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      New information video featuring narrative by Samantha Fox. The Lennox Law team would like to extend our thanks to Samantha for generously giving her own time to help support this campaign.

      http://youtu.be/Hy_y8puQj8w

      Lennox Law featuring Samantha Fox

      Following the success of the last video, Linda RIce (Lennox Law petition owner), asked Samantha Fox if she would kindly do the voiceover for this video. I can't thank her enough and it's lovely to have such a down to earth celeb support this cause.

    10. New info video

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer
      Lennox Law - Bringing an end to BSL

      I hope after watching this video you will realise that not all dogs are dangerous, just the ones who are sadly mistreated. These dogs wouldn't hurt a fly! Please sign Lennox Law and shout about it! http://www.change.org/petitions/lennox-law Massive thanks to those who sent me or Linda a picture for this video.

    11. Reached 6,000 signatures
    12. London Evening Standard

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      I was asked to comment by The London Evening Standard on the latest government proposals,you can read the article here:
      http://tinyurl.com/av8ohzf
      Pls sign for Lennox Law-BSL needs to end before more breeds are targeted and slaughtered!

    13. Blog Talk Radio feature...

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      Lennox Law was featured on an anti BSL discussion on the Ask Sue Show via Blog Talk Radio,you can hear the discussion in full by clicking here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ask-sue/2013/01/18/ask-sue-show--bsl-seized-dogs--bringing-us-all-together

      Ask Sue Show - BSL Seized Dogs - Bringing us all together

      Ask Sue Show - BSL Seized Dogs Following the request for this show we would like to invite everyone to the show especially those affected by BSL. This is yet another subject that has effected so many.

    14. Happy New Year!

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      Wishing each and every Lennox Law supporter a very Happy 2013! Please keep up to date via Twitter @LLP2012_lindr76 and on facebook www.facebook.com/LLP2012 we are hoping to start the new year with a bang & getting to 10k-see FB for details

      Lennox Law Petition

      Under the current Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) a dog,of any breed or mixed breed,can be seized...

    15. Tumblr...

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      Lennox Law petition can now be shared via Tumblr here: http://lennoxlawpetition.tumblr.com/ please be sure to follow and share blogs posted to keep spreading the anti-BSL message,Thank You xx

      Lennox Law Petition

      BSL is the dog equivalent of putting a human being into prison for being a certain hight or weight... The idea of destroying a dog due to its measurements seems crazy to me. Any dog can be dangerous, and any dog can be safe, no matter what breed it is.

    16. New Twibbon!

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      Supporters can now add a unique Twibbon to their FB or Twitter profile now by visiting www.twibbon.com and search LLP2012 -its FREE & so easy and takes just a few minutes to help spread the word and show your support for this campaign. Don't forget we are now on FB too :) pop on the page www.facebook.com/LLP2012 and ''like'' us,leave a comment on the many interesting topics or ''pin'' it to your wall...every little bit of support goes a long way to helping gain awareness for this petition and is greatly appreciated x

      Twibbon

      A Twibbon Campaign is your very own microsite where users can support your cause, brand or organisation in a variety of ways.

    17. Now on Facebook!

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      dear supporters,Lennox Law Petition can now be found on Facebook

    18. Reached 5,000 signatures
    19. Leaflets now available for distribution.

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      I have now created a leaflet for distribution at pet stores,vets,fundraising events etc to promote this petition. For a copy of the leaflet,in JPEG format ready to print,please contact me via Twitter @lindr76 or via email lindr76@gmail.com and I will send you a copy at the earliest opportunity.
      Thank you to all who have,and continue to,support my campaign,your support is invaluable to me :)
      Lind x

    20. added clause...

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      I have now added a clause to the petition asking that 'owner culpability' be taken into account,please read the revised petition fully. Thank you.

    21. No ZIP/POSTAL CODE now required!

      Linda Rice
      Petition Organizer

      For all in areas of Ireland who had problems signing due to no postcodes please be aware you can now sign without one,it is not MANDATORY for this petition any longer~happy signing Irish friends ^_^

    22. Reached 4,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Filipe Silveira PORTUGAL
      • 13 days ago

      Because, like children, a pet's personality dependes on education.

      The breed isnt dangerous, its just that the jaw can aply realy a lot of force in a bite. But that doenst mean the dog is gonna kill everybody on sight.Not even in nature animals do that.

      Dogs are not dangeroous, some owners are..

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    • Vera Nova LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 13 days ago

      No human is given any right to judge any living beings. These belong to anyine but to Mighty Nature.

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    • Caroline Green MECHANICSVILLE, MD
      • 15 days ago

      BSL needs to end! Size, shape and breed don't make a dog dangerous! Punish bad owners and hold them responsible. Don't punish the innocent dog!

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    • suzanne pergolatto COCONUT CREEK, FL
      • 23 days ago

      I'm signing to fight for animals' rights! Judge animals as people should be, by actions!

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    • Troy Holbrooke AMITYVILLE, NY
      • 24 days ago

      Responsible society contributing people are being highly damaged by BSL for simply owning a certain breed/type of dog. This dumb down diminish one's rights knee jerk policy opposes all virtues of the freedom, individual responsibility and non judgemental society that we elect our piers to legislate toward and that we all live and announce to be stewards of.

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