What is happening about dangerous dogs?

09 Nov 2019

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By Adele Waters

The government is being chased on its progress in reviewing dangerous dogs legislation in the run-up to the general election next month.

Last week Neil Parish, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom), wrote to Defra to find out when it planned to provide an update on research it had commissioned on the causes of dog attacks and the effectiveness of current policy.

In a letter to Lord Gardiner, parliamentary under-secretary for biosecurity and rural affairs, he asked: ‘We have not heard anything further to date, and several stakeholders and members of the public have raised the lack of an update with the committee. I would therefore be grateful if you could provide the committee with an update on progress.’

Last year, the EFRACom published the report ‘Controlling Dangerous Dogs’, which discussed growing concerns that dog control measures were failing to protect people...