Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

New UK law points the way on tail docking

Media Release 17 October 2005

New UK Animal Welfare law points the way on tail docking

“The British government is on the right track with its new Animal Welfare law. It is making owners responsible for their pets' welfare and continues to allow breeders the choice of whether to dock puppies' tails or not,” said Mrs Lesley Chalmers, president of the NZ Kennel Club.

The Animal Welfare Bill was introduced into the House of Commons in London on Friday (UK time) after a lengthy consultation process.

“New Zealand would do well to follow the United Kingdom's lead, by toughening up penalties for animal abusers and by recognising that docking puppies' tails is a legitimate choice for breeders.

“Responsible dog owners in the UK have welcomed the new bill. It is the first overhaul of this area of law for 94 years and quite properly targets the few idiots who do not properly care for their pets.

“Fines of up to ₤20,000 ($51,000) and a year in jail are appropriate for people who wilfully mistreat dogs.

“And similarly substantial penalties for organising a dog fight are justified.

“On tail docking, the NZ Kennel Club welcomes the clear statement of the UK government that 'there should continue to be freedom of choice.'

“We hope that the New Zealand Parliament will listen, and quickly throw out Dianne Yates' private member's bill, Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which would ban tail docking outright.

ENDS

www.nzkc.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election