Stop life-chaining dogs in New Zealand

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This is a problem as chaining a dog up for the whole day is a form of animal abuse. Chain dogs are also often deprived of food, water and veterinary care whilst also having their emotional and social needs completely ignored. This treatment can cause dogs to often become aggressive and attack children or other people who approach them. Chained dogs are more likely to bite because they are usually unsocialized and their living space is reduced to a few square feet, which heightens their territoriality. Chained dogs are also vulnerable to other animals and cruel people, and many chained dogs have been stolen, set on fire, shot, stabbed, tortured, or poisoned by neighbours who were annoyed by their barking as these dogs have nowhere to run. Therefore when dogs are rescued for loving homes, these dogs already have this aggressive behaviour implemented from the abuse they have endured and are forever untrusting of people. Through having more aggressive dogs through this abuse leading to more dog attacks and deaths of new zealanders from attacks.  New Zealand already has a high rate of dog attacks with an increase from 9 cases per 100,000 in 2004 people to 12 per 100,000 in 2014. By allowing dogs to have more time in the day off the chain, we can avoid more attacks and deaths and decrease this statistic.  

We plan to help this issue by raising awareness towards the social issue through our expo and petition to gain more support and educate people of the abuse these dogs face. We will be gaining as much support as possible to sign our petition aiming to change the law of life chaining dogs. 

We believe policy needs to change to address this social issue. The policy we want to change is under the Dog Code which states the minimum of simply kennels should be dry and provide shelter from the sun and the rain as well as dogs can be chained up for the maximum of 23 hours a day with only 1 required hour a day. A more effective policy would be to change the law to dogs must have a maximum of 2 to 4 hours on the chain if needed such as when someone goes out. When it is not necessary, a dog should not be chained and should be able to roam freely in the backyard etc. therefore this enables that owners still have the freedom of chaining dogs when necessary and will further improve dogs mental and physical health. 

We strongly believe that you should present this petition of changing the life chaining dogs law to parliament in order to save these innocent dogs who may become dangers to society due to these abusive conditions.