Rescind the proposed 'Dog Control Orders' with immediate effect
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The proposed 'Dog Control Orders' for Mid and East Antrim are poorly constructed, questionable in their legality due to the reference to 'penalties' yet lacking in specific detail of such penalties, and are draconian in their widespread, 'scatter gun' effect. In effect, anyone with a dog is virtually banned from taking them to any open/public space in Mid and East Antrim area, on a lead longer than 6 feet in length, or on a beach. Community spaces, open areas, parks and beaches are closed to dog owners, leaving these companion animals with nowhere to exercise.
The petitioners recognise the need for responsible handling of all dogs, and welcome the intentions of the control of dog feaces, however this order is equally poorly written and needs a full review.
The persons signing this petition call on Mid and East Antrim Council, and the Northern Ireland Assembly, to rescind the proposed Dog Control Orders in their current form. Orders denying dogs access to open spaces (including beaches) are draconian, inhumane, and are ill-considered. Proper control of dogs in public areas, including access to these areas, use of suitable leads and clearance of dog feaces can be better managed by other, less draconian means.
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