Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Dog law should target behaviour not breed

Dog law should target behaviour not breed

Dog behaviour, and not a dog's breed should be the focus of any dog control legislation, Labour MP Steve Chadwick said today.

“I’m proposing legislation that deals with antisocial and dangerous dogs' behaviour, not their breed.”

Mrs Chadwick is promoting her own Private Members Bill, the Dog Control (Dog Seizure) Amendment Bill.

“There are plenty of very well-behaved — and responsibly owned — pit bull terriers in New Zealand; it’s not them we should worry about.”

Mrs Chadwick’s legislation enhances the powers of dog control officers, making it easier for them to seize and impound dogs and enabling them to decide if the owner has made suitable enclosure provisions.

It also fixes the problem of Toot — the dog that was sentenced to death for mauling a cat that strayed into his territory — by making destruction orders an option for the Courts, rather than compulsory, where better confinement conditions might be good enough to eliminate risk to people, stock, poultry, domestic animal or protected wildlife.

“Not only is this provision more fair to dog owners and their dogs, but also it adds to community safety, ensuring an extra level of control for dog owners to do the right thing on their properties as well as in public spaces.

“The key is that it accepts that there are grey areas and therefore gives the court some flexibility.”

Mrs Chadwick said that a perception that the Local Government Law Reform Bill No.2 will fix the problem is wrong.

Part 1 of the Bill bans the American Pit Bull Terrier breed and provides for banning other breeds.

“That’s all very well intentioned, but it says nothing new — and can do nothing — about mongrels and unregistered dogs. These — and their irresponsible and thoughtless owners — are the real culprits,” said Mrs Chadwick.

“The recent attack on Carolina Anderson in Auckland was by a suspected bull mastiff-rottweiler-labrador cross. The Government bill that’s there at the moment would do nothing about that.

“This is why the Local Government Law Reform Bill No.2 is daft ... and a good reason why it deserves to languish on the Order Paper.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages