September 23, 2017

Take the Sting out of the Dangerous Dogs Act

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Data analysed by the campaigning organisation Born Innocent, has revealed that people are more likely to die from a bee or wasp sting than a dog attack.

Since the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has just had its twenty sixth-year anniversary, the average number of deaths due to dog bites in the UK is 2.8 people per year.  This is in contrast to the average number of bites for the ten years before the introduction of the Act, which was 1.1 per year.

That is a rise of 155%

The number of dogs is believed to have increased by 16% since the Act came into force and the population rise is similar at 15%.

The team analysed data by the ONS (Office of National Statistics) and found that you are more likely to die of eye disease, drowning in the bath or by other mammals, such as cows and pigs: all of these situations cause more deaths than dogs every year.

Shaila Bux, Board Member of Born Innocent said: “Understandably, people are very shocked when they see a news report of a dog attack but we must move away from kneejerk reactions and look at how the law can punish irresponsible owners and also protect the public from dog attacks. If we go by statistics, then current legislation has failed in every area that it was set out to tackle. We are at a crossroads with the Dangerous Dogs Act (in its current format): politicians must be brave enough to admit that the Act has failed and implement laws that will reduce dog bites whilst at the same time, not punish dogs based on how they look. The law should target irresponsible owners and their dog’s behaviour. Plenty of other countries have achieved this, such as Calgary in Canada who saw a whopping 80% reduction in dog bites once they introduced the ‘Calgary Model’ and the UK should be following the same path.”

Deaths by dog bites are still incredibly rare and the chances of one happening are 0.00005%.

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