This is from the final Course Assessment of my ISCP Diploma in Canine Psychology/Behaviour. I just have to complete my final Thesis, which by the time you read these posts, I will hopefully have completed and submitted. And who knows, I might have even passed and been awarded the Diploma?!
Go to www.doglaw.co.uk or the relevant dog law websites in your country and read through the legal links. Write an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words on how these laws affect dog owners in your area. Conclude with your personal opinion on Breed Specific Legislation, and the reasons for your opinion.
For this question, I will answer in some places by quoting references from various websites. There is a plethora of information about breed specific legislation around the world, some more accurate than others. For this question, I shall concentrate only on UK and Australian law.
Here’s a breakdown on breed-specific legislation of each different state in Australia:
|State||Yes/No||Details of conditions and any associated laws|
|NSW||Yes||Section 55 of the Companion Animals Act 1988 contains restrictions for the prescribed breeds (see above)
The owners of restricted dogs must comply with the following requirements:
|QLD||Yes||Restrictions for the prescribed breeds (see above)|
|SA||Yes||Restrictions for the prescribed breeds (see above), must be desexed, muzzled in public, not allowed to be sold or given away|
|TAS||No||Restrictions for the prescribed breeds (see above) under Dog Control Act 2000|
|VIC||Yes||Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 of the Commonwealth – restricted breed dog
Domestic (Feral & Nuisance) Animals Act 1994: Section 7: Exemptions for Guide Dogs Section 27: Restraint of greyhounds. Section 41G/L: Restraint of restricted breed dogs when on owners premises
Also specific regulations (Catchment & Land Protection Act 1994) regarding keeping of dingoes
|WA||Yes||Federal import ban – Dog Act for dangerous dogs|
The following is from the Australian Veterinary Association’s website http://www.ava.com.au/policy/614-breed-specific-legislation
CONTINUED TOMORROW IN PART 2: Breed-specific legislation
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