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MPs to debate petition relating to breed specific legislation for dogs

1 July 2021

On Monday 5 July, MPs will debate a petition relating to breed specific legislation for dogs.

The debate will be led by Petitions Committee member Elliot Colburn MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and Victoria Prentis, a Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will respond on behalf of the Government.

Replace Breed Specific Legislation with a new statutory framework

The petition, which received more than 118,000 signatures, states: “Breed Specific Legislation fails to achieve what Parliament intended, to protect the public. It focuses on specific breeds, which fails to appreciate a dog is not aggressive purely on the basis of its breed. It allows seizure of other breeds, but the rules are not applied homogeneously by councils.”

In response to the petition, the Government said: “The Government considers that prohibition on the four types of fighting dog under Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 should remain in place. This is supported by police who are responsible for enforcing the Act.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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