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category national | rights, freedoms and repression | press release author Sunday July 08, 2007 01:22author by Miriam Anderson - ANVIL Irelandauthor email info at anvilireland dot ieauthor address PO Box, 10914, Dublin 22author phone 0861999512 Report this post to the editors

Council tenants tagetted in councils' latest move

Many family pets are at risk of being destroyed following the decision by Dublin City Council to ban all dogs listed under the Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) Regulations, 1991.

ANVIL Ireland has condemned this move. Spokesperson, Miriam Anderson stated “this decision appears to have been made in the absence of any informed discussion with rescue or welfare groups. The fact that Dublin City Council has referred to all of these breeds as “dangerous dogs” implies a total lack of understanding of both the breeds in question and the existing legislation”.

Many family pets are at risk of being destroyed following the decision by Dublin City Council to ban all dogs listed under the Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) Regulations, 1991. Restricted breeds include; the American Pit Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Dobermann Pinscher, English Bull Terrier, German Shepherd (Alsatian), Japanese Akita, Japanese Tosa, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Ban Dog or any crosses of these breeds.

ANVIL Ireland has condemned this move. Spokesperson, Miriam Anderson stated “this decision appears to have been made in the absence of any informed discussion with rescue or welfare groups. The fact that Dublin City Council has referred to all of these breeds as “dangerous dogs” implies a total lack of understanding of both the breeds in question and the existing legislation”.

Some of these breeds were originally bred as herding animals, it is bad breeding, irresponsible owners, and negative reporting by certain sections of the media that has led to this situation. Education and stricter enforcement of the existing legislation is what is needed, not an outright ban. Such bans have not worked in other countries and to say certain breeds of dogs are dangerous is not an accurate statement. All dogs can be dangerous if in the hands of an irresponsible owner

This is discrimination against council tenants as well as any responsible owner of one of these breeds. The councils’ proposed bylaw amendments will mean that these animals could not be walked in a public park, regardless of where its’ owner lives.

ANVIL members are angry but not surprised by the councils’ decision; “It further proves how little we care for companion animals in this country when an ill advised decision like this can be taken so quickly, but we have waited over a year for the implementation of the dog breeding regulations, and almost 100 years for updated animal protection legislation. We cannot call ourselves civilised if we can treat animals in this cavalier fashion”, their spokesperson said.

ANVIL is calling on all owners of restricted breeds to write to Dublin City Council and the Minister for the Environment to register their opposition to the councils’ decision and proposal of a nationwide ban on these dogs. Further information may be obtained from www.anvilireland.ie

For more information, contact: Miriam Anderson, ANVIL Ireland Co-ordinator on 0861999512 and/or visit the ANVIL Ireland website www.anvilireland.ie

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) does not work     Sarah Gunther    Sun Jul 08, 2007 01:43 
   Ban the deed not the breed     kim    Sun Jul 08, 2007 02:10 
   Punish the deed     Susan Duff    Sun Jul 08, 2007 02:21 
   Civil Liberties?     gill    Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:38 
   Dublin City Council's ill-informed decision     Sheena    Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:03 
   Dublin's Discrimination     Miranda Cook    Sun Jul 08, 2007 15:09 
   and the parks     citizen    Sun Jul 08, 2007 17:50 
   Restricted Breed ban     Katy    Sun Jul 08, 2007 17:55 
   'family pets'     citizen    Sun Jul 08, 2007 18:06 
 10   Nonsense     Jacqui    Sun Jul 08, 2007 18:51 
 11   Attack Dogs Are Not Pets     Dorothy Gale    Sun Jul 08, 2007 19:25 
 12   To Dorothy     Jacqui    Sun Jul 08, 2007 20:10 
 13   Jacqui     Dorothy Gale    Sun Jul 08, 2007 20:20 
 14   ?Attack dogs     S ROSS    Sun Jul 08, 2007 21:20 
 15   Ross     Dorothy    Sun Jul 08, 2007 21:27 
 16   Dorothy     Jacqui    Sun Jul 08, 2007 23:39 
 17   This is wrong!     Mikesch    Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:18 
 18   Punish the Deed not the Breed     Jane    Mon Jul 09, 2007 13:44 
 19   baby and bathwater     Catlady    Mon Jul 09, 2007 13:55 
 20   If you really care     Susan Duff    Mon Jul 09, 2007 14:19 
 21   You Dont Care     Dorothy    Mon Jul 09, 2007 14:30 
 22   If you really care     Susan Duff    Mon Jul 09, 2007 15:54 
 23   Dorothy et al     Catlady    Mon Jul 09, 2007 15:56 
 24   Catlady     Dorothy    Mon Jul 09, 2007 16:22 
 25   Does size matter     Susan Duff    Mon Jul 09, 2007 16:28 
 26   Susan     Dorothy    Mon Jul 09, 2007 16:41 
 27   Owners rights     We the People    Mon Jul 09, 2007 17:03 
 28   Owners Rights     Dorothy    Mon Jul 09, 2007 17:12 
 29   Dorothy     Catlady    Mon Jul 09, 2007 19:41 
 30   Im with Dorothy on this one but Jacqui has a point     Mike    Mon Jul 09, 2007 21:00 
 31   Losing sight of the facts     Susan Duff    Mon Jul 09, 2007 21:50 
 32   Re: banning of dogs     Catherine    Mon Jul 09, 2007 22:34 
 33   Outrageous     SBTJulie    Mon Jul 09, 2007 23:10 
 34   Ownership of Restricted Breeds     Sarah Gunther    Tue Jul 10, 2007 01:18 
 35   BSL does not work     Amelia    Wed Jul 11, 2007 09:31 
 36   Amelia     Dorothy    Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:17 
 37   Thugs with dogs     Raptor    Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:51 
 38   Dorothy     Raptor    Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:05 
 39   There is no such thing as a safe Rottweiler....     Sue McCabe    Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:06 
 40   Existing legislation is there. Stop the madness!     Concerned    Thu Jul 12, 2007 15:00 
 41   Concerned     Dorothy    Thu Jul 12, 2007 15:33 
 42   confirms     Concerned    Thu Jul 12, 2007 15:53 
 43   10 People (inc 3 children) attacked by these dogs on DCC property so far in 2007     Dorothy    Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:40 
 44   Newstalk     K9    Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:54 
 45   K9     Dorothy    Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:02 
 46   Discriminatory Eric     K9    Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:24 
 47   K9     Dorothy    Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:38 
 48   Poor Toto     K9    Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:18 
 49   K9     Dorothy    Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:30 
 50   Still misreading     K9    Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:47 
 51   K9     Dorothy    Fri Jul 13, 2007 13:42 
 52   Friday afternoon and the weather tempts me to engage     K9    Fri Jul 13, 2007 16:40 
 53   K9     Dorothy    Fri Jul 13, 2007 16:54 
 54   Dorothy     Ger    Fri Jul 13, 2007 17:27 
 55   well said     Concerned    Fri Jul 13, 2007 17:35 
 56   Ger     Dorothy    Fri Jul 13, 2007 17:56 
 57   priorities     Parent    Fri Jul 13, 2007 18:02 
 58   interesting     Concerned    Fri Jul 13, 2007 18:35 
 59   No point arguing with Dorothy     K9    Fri Jul 13, 2007 20:47 
 60   Cheers Babe!     Gerard    Fri Jul 13, 2007 22:58 
 61   dog lover     towser    Sat Jul 14, 2007 13:14 
 62   Ridiculous     Salina    Sat Jul 14, 2007 13:35 
 63   Purchased Rottweiler from Ireland     Loraine Jesse    Sat Jul 14, 2007 15:55 
 64   "Help wanted, no Irish need apply"     Claire Duffy    Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:32 
 65   cute spaniel     towser    Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:33 
 66   woof woof     towser    Tue Jul 17, 2007 13:24 
 67   legislation in place already     concerned    Tue Jul 17, 2007 21:53 
 68   towser     Salina    Wed Jul 18, 2007 00:01 
 69   Salina and towser     claire d    Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:59 
 70   So Claire, if you love dogs (as I do) get a spaniel     claire d    Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:29 
 71   kill all dog then you killers......     maurice sheehy    Thu Jul 19, 2007 22:59 
 72   badly behaved     towser    Fri Jul 20, 2007 09:21 
 73   Biting     Salina    Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:10 
 74   towser you're digging for support....     claired    Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:00 
 75   dont ban the breeds     aine    Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:50 
 76   Yes these poor people should keep     Martin    Thu Nov 29, 2007 13:23 
 77   Get Dog Friendly....Work with dogs......Horses for children in underprivileged areas and form bonds.     Michelle Clarke    Fri Nov 30, 2007 17:34 
 78   grrrrrrrrrrr     bonzo    Fri Nov 30, 2007 21:52 


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