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Panorama - Britain's Unwanted Pets (Last night)

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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Did anyone watch Panorama - Britain's Unwanted Pets last night?

No matter how much you try and educate people there are some that are to stupid or ignorant to get through to.

What are your views?

All the websites and newspapers free ads should block advertisement of puppies for sale.

I think all vets across the UK should do free neutering of dogs.

RSPCA should drop their adoption cost to a affordable price. £50-£60 is to high

I think a pilot scheme of one year would be worth a try.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tcfmp/Panorama_Britains_Unwanted_Pets/
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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#1
If we could afford it I'd suggest a licensing scheme of some kind, RFID every animal, owners would need to register (send off a V5 slip etc) might sound absurd, but it would hold old and current pet owners responsible.

Doesn't have to be a Government scheme, just I doubt the animal charities could afford to implement it.

Edited By: schizoboy on Aug 03, 2010 09:30: $"£!$"
#2
schizoboy
If we could afford it I'd suggest a licensing scheme of some kind, RFID every animal, owners would need to register (send off a V5 slip etc) might sound absurd, but it would hold old and current pet owners responsible.Doesn't have to be a Government scheme, just I doubt the animal charities could afford to implement it.

It does sound good. I adopted my cat. I found her in a carboot sale. The old owner had this beautiful 10 months cat stuffed in a small box. When I challenged him to call the police, he offered me the cat. Now my 'Cheeky Monkey' is 3, very well behaved and a delight to be around me.
banned#3
The bigger or more aggresive the dog the more the license should be, if you want a scary macho dog you pay a hefty premium, I would prefer to see small harmless dogs as pets, whats the point of staffordshires ?? last nights programme summed it up
#4
you used to have to have a dog license and all it was was about about a pound from the post office, why can't we go back to that but now, say, you initialy get a provisional license then you have to get your dog neutred before you get a full license but it must be done within a month. If you want to breed then you would need a breeding license.
Like the idea of stopping the free ads too.
I know this wouldn't completely stop the problem but would lessen it a great deal.
#5
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f we could afford it I'd suggest a licensing scheme


Battersea, the Metropolitan Police and the RSPCA are all lobbying government to introduce a registration or licence scheme paid for by the owner which would reliably link a dog to the person responsible for it.

But the government fears a licence might just end up taxing the careful dog owner and leave the irresponsible untouched.

In an interview, Department of Food, Rural Affairs and Agriculture Under-Secretary Lord Henley, who is responsible for dangerous dogs, said he was "not convinced" a dog licence was the way forward.

"We've had licence in the past and we all know what's happened to that - a great deal of non-compliance."
#6
Dogs Trust response to the show -

"Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, surveys Local Authorities in the UK each year to identify instances of dogs straying. The charity recognises that there is still a problem of stray dogs in the UK – over 107,000 instances of straying in 2009 - and has been campaigning for the introduction of a system of compulsory microchipping of all dogs to help speed up the process of returning lost dogs to owners and making irresponsible owners more accountable for their pets.

The charity which looks after 16,000 dogs every year has a non destruction policy has been campaigning to stop the loss of life of healthy dogs.

Dogs Trust is campaigning for:

- A compulsory scheme to have all dogs microchipped at first change of hands and to make it a legal requirement to keep the database up to date.

- A ban on dogs being sold in pet shops as we believe that too many are sold on impulse.

- The Dangerous Dogs Act to be repealed and replaced with more robust but fairer Dog Control legislation.

- Border crossings, particularly from the Republic of Ireland, to be more strenuously policed.
The breeding of dogs legislation reviewed and for anyone breeding any litter to be registered or licensed.

- Dogs Trust believes that compulsory microchipping is the best way of permanently identifying a dog and is a more cost efficient and effective system than dog licensing, which the charity regards as a tax on dog owners.

Dogs Trust is also concerned about the large numbers of Bull breeds that are being abandoned following increasing publicity associating them with dog attacks, crime and antisocial behaviour. Breeds such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Mastiffs and Rottweilers are being unfairly vilified and labelled ‘dangerous dogs’. Sadly overbreeding and negative publicity has resulted in many of these breeds being abandoned both on the streets and at rescue charities such as Dogs Trust.

Dogs Trust is:

- Working closely with local communities to give youths in urban environments the knowledge to be better and responsible dog owners. The project has been piloted in London and the intention is to roll out this model to other areas around the UK.

- Conducting over 3,000 classroom presentations per year to educate the dog owners of tomorrow about being responsible

- Neutering around 40,000 dogs belonging to people on low incomes

- Offering local authorities free microchips in order to ensure that stray dogs are returned to their owners quickly"
#7
i would say if it is more expensive to adopt then it may put off the time wasters and encourage people to think "can we look after it properly?"
Rather than some eeejit that can buy one as its a cheap xmas pressie for someone who might get bored after the novelty has worn off.
#8
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f we could afford it I'd suggest a licensing scheme

Battersea, the Metropolitan Police and the RSPCA are all lobbying government to introduce a registration or licence scheme paid for by the owner which would reliably link a dog to the person responsible for it.

But the government fears a licence might just end up taxing the careful dog owner and leave the irresponsible untouched.

In an interview, Department of Food, Rural Affairs and Agriculture Under-Secretary Lord Henley, who is responsible for dangerous dogs, said he was "not convinced" a dog licence was the way forward.

"We've had licence in the past and we all know what's happened to that - a great deal of non-compliance."

I think the government are quite right here and glad to see some common sense from them, I get annoyed having to jump through various hoops which are supposed to be protecting the system while in reality it's still being abused.

John
#9
Punkytiptop
i would say if it is more expensive to adopt then it may put off the time wasters and encourage people to think "can we look after it properly?"
Rather than some eeejit that can buy one as its a cheap xmas pressie for someone who might get bored after the novelty has worn off.


I totally disagree because you may have someone who wants a dog to share love with(not rude jokes there please) and maybe for a family as well but gets put off because they have to worry about paying for a license or just put off.

Its the almost reverse of an impulse buy, you see something and know its easy so you are more likely to buy it, give it a minor barrier and it puts you off but doesnt stop certain people just buying them anyway.
#10
ryouga
Punkytiptop
i would say if it is more expensive to adopt then it may put off the time wasters and encourage people to think "can we look after it properly?"
Rather than some eeejit that can buy one as its a cheap xmas pressie for someone who might get bored after the novelty has worn off.

I totally disagree because you may have someone who wants a dog to share love with(not rude jokes there please) and maybe for a family as well but gets put off because they have to worry about paying for a license or just put off.


With or without the license, dogs are expensive and unfortunately 'love' won't pay the vet's bills when the dog is in agony and in need of expensive treatment.

John
#11
12Years ago the Glasgow Evening Times ran a story about how some idiot let out a litter of pups on the MOTORWAY and drove off. He was caught. They were looking for families to adopt the pups that survived and our Haggis is one of them :D She has been the best dog ever and been loved very much these past 12 years.

I just hate anything to do with animal cruetly. I agree with you John about the expense of having a dog sometimes its very high when they are ill. Worse when they are old as insurance doesnt cover a lot but hey ho we find the money from somewhere and pay it
#12
OH and I were discussing the licence last night. I certainly would be willing to pay for a licence. Those that say it may put people off getting a dog then good......If you cant afford a yearly license how on earth will you afford the vet fees for illness, chipping, neutering, worming, fleaing, injections and annual boosters?? My pup is less than 7 months old and already we have paid out over £2000 in vet fees.
A dog can be an expensive luxury that people should not rush into lightly.


Edited By: bitseylango on Aug 03, 2010 17:16: £%$^&&%$^&*()
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Sorry forgot to add "my point"! Yes all for licence fees for dogs - as Bitsey says if u cant afford that then then thats a sign of not being able to afford the other financial costs associated with being a dog owner.
banned#14
Ban pets. Animals for food and clothing!

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