It’s been a busy few weeks and as lots of folk will still be busy over the next weeks-Easter and children home from school-we’re having a little rest! If “the rays” will reach to 37 deg 30N/112deg 10W there might be a few additions but if not we’ll “see” you on April 19th. Have a good Easter!
Please find attached a copy of the draft dog control bill that is being considered by the major political parties in the UK and is the subject of a bill to be introduced to The House of Lords by Lord Redesdale in the near future.
This draft has taken many meetings of The Dangerous Dogs Advisory Steering Group (DDASG) involving most of the dog welfare and veterinary organisations along with the Metropolitan Police and Wandsworth Council. The chair of our meetings is Superintendent Simon Ovens of the Met Police.
Please feel free to circulate this draft and I very much hope that it will be received favourably. As you will see in section 12, the Act is intended to replace several current laws including the DDA (1991) and the amendment (1997). Whether this is practical will be seen over the coming weeks but even if those bills are not fully repealed, we feel that the success of the dog control orders in enabling the police and local authorities to deal with both criminal and inexperienced owners of ANY dogs BEFORE serious incidents occur will eventually lead to the DDA becoming obsolete.
Do let me have any comments and suggestions. This draft is only for England and Wales but a not dissimilar bill is already at the second reading stage in the Scottish Parliament having been introduced by SMP Christine Graham. The DDASG has provided input to Ms Graham’s Bill although there remain some differences that we feel unable to support.
It seems that we have an opportunity to respond to DEFRA and also to inform potential candidates in the forthcoming election about the importance of finally removing breed specific legislation and replacing it with a law designed specifically to provide protection to the public.
The draft is to big to attach onto here but Jean Rogers will forward it onto you with pleasure
As East of England and Paignton schedules arrive through the door it’s probably time to give an updat on 2010 Glen of Imaal Terrier judges.
Boston David Shields (no CCs)
Crufts Harold Gay (first time giving CCs)
National Terrier Anne Hardy (second time giving CCs)
Birmingham National Kathy George (second time giving CCs)
Bath Karen Forbes (no CCs)
SKC Alan Small (second time giving CCs)
3 Counties Jean Rogers (no CCs)
Blackpool Peter Chappell (no CCs)
East of England Margaret McDonald-Cross (no CCs)
Paignton Moira Barrass (no CCs)
WKC Mel Hardy (second time giving CCs)
Darlington Paul Eardley (third time giving CCs)
Belfast Jeff Horswell (first time giving CCs)
Glen Association Show John Bunting (second time giving CCs)
There is currently a campaign that calls for the repeal of Section One of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. This is called a breed specific legislation as it relates to specific breeds or ‘types’ of dog. Thousands have dogs have been killed because of their looks, not because of any problem! This is patently unjust and now, as an election looms, maybe somebody will realise if enough people point it out so do take a couple of minutes to sign the online petition.
In America the Kentuckiana Cluster is the second largest cluster in terms of entries in the land, second only to a California cluster in January. About a dozen terrier breeds had their regional specialties (Bedlingtons held their National there), the full roster of big name handlers, and all 28 Terrier breeds were represented in the Group so that says how big it is.
On two of the days Bruce and Curry were the only owner-handler in the Group Ring and on the third day they were joined by the owner-handled Bedlington so not an awful lot was expected in the middle of all those professional handlers. On two days though they were actually shortlisted in the Group so “nice one” for the Glen of Imaal Terrier and congratulations to Ch Coleraine’s Mandalay Royalty.
Wales has become the first part of the UK to ban the use of electric shock collars. Use of the collar, in Wales, could lead to a fine of up to £20,000 or 6 months in jail.
Shock collars are a very emotive subject but a few Glen of Imaal Terrier owners around the world have used them and have been very impressed. One owner had to go on a half day course (with the Glen) before being allowed to purchase one. The idea was two fold:- was the dog “suitable” for a collar and would the owner be able to use it correctly. Of course a collar isn’t the answer in many, many cases but any piece of training equipment in the wrong hands can be cruel. The key is to use the appropriate piece of equipment for a particular dog, in the correct situation, and in the correct way but not in Wales anymore
Entries are out for National Terrier on April 3rd at Stafford Showground. Judge Anne Hardy will have 24 Glen of Imaal Terriers to go over.