Opposition against the new Christchurch City Council dangerous dog breed law
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Under the Dog Control Act 1996, it states under Section 33E (1) Owner of the Dog: Must not allow the dog to be at large or in a public place or in any private way, except when confined completely within a vehicle or cage, without being muzzled in such a manner as to prevent the dog from biting but allow it to breathe and drink without obstruction.
However, new council law, recently updated this week, and due to 'recent seriously dog attacks within the city', Christchurch City Council now requires all 'menacing' breeds to be muzzled at all times. This includes on your own property and includes inside the dwelling house, except when they are securely contained within a cage or inside of a vehicle.
This petition is to make Christchurch City Council aware of the following :
- ALL dog breeds can attack or cause injury to another animal or person. It is not breed specific. Thinking this is seriously misguided and not factual. Taken from the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA), under the term 'Dangerous Dogs', it states : Dog bite statistics do not accurately reflect the risk of a given breed or type as they are skewed by the popularity of the breed or type of dog. The list of biting breeds is also subject to change over time to reflect changes in popularity of dog breeds or types (Collier, 2006). The identification of the breed or type of dog involved in a dog bite incident is also subject to inaccuracies (Wake, Minot, Stafford, & Perry, 2009).
- It reduces the dog's quality of life. No dog benefits from being locked up, caged, tied or muzzled for long periods of time. It can become more harmful than good, and behavior/health issues can stem from the above methods.
- More commonly than not, it is how the owner raises, treats and interacts with the dog that is the problem, or how dogs interact in social situations. With proper education, training, desexing and microchipping programs along with focus on responsible dog ownership , dog attacks can be reduced. Please see more about this from the SPCA here https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156301781109438&id=157304364437
- All dogs should be allowed to freely roam their property as long as there are measures taken to reduce the animal from getting out, interacting with others through gates and fences if applicable, and from causing harm to another person or animal when visitors come into the yard. There are thousands of owners around New Zealand with dogs that have been labelled as dangerous and menacing. 90% of these people will happily share with you stories of how their animals are big softies when it comes to everyday interaction or how their animals are part of the family. Unfortunately there a few who spoil it for others but that does not mean all owners should be tarred with the same brush.
We would like to see Christchurch City Council look into more effective, positive options other than what has already been proposed. We would also like other councils around New Zealand to take note of this. While dog attacks are serious and we don't wish to see them happen, there are better steps to take to reduce them. This petition will be presented to the City Council, either by myself or by a local council member who is willing to help out on behalf of those who want to see this law changed or revised.
Thank you for your support and I hope we can make a difference.
UPDATE ON THE VICTORY - CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL HAS RELEASED A STATEMENT https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1906710506035554&id=189426624430626
HOWEVER WE URGE YOU TO KEEP FIGHTING TO END BREED DISCRIMINATION. FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS PETITION IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY/CITY TO SHOW YOU ARE NOT OK WITH STUPID LAWS THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SPECIFIC BREEDS!
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