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International Dog Law:
New Zealand Government
Select Committee urged to throw out BSL



THE NEW Zealand government is now under extreme pressure from canine experts, as well as opposition MPs to throw out the breed specific element of its proposed new dog laws, following the a meeting of the Parliamentary Sub Committee on the proposed amendments to the Dog Control Act 1996 earlier this week.

The select committee, having studied expert submissions, invited various groups, organisations and individuals to speak to them at a special meeting on Monday.

Anti BSL campaigner Marion Harding attended, and told OUR DOGS: "There could be another date set yet for further invited parties to speak. It apparently depends on whether the committee feel they have sufficient information before them now to consider in their decision making process. They will then make the decision as to whether this Bill proceeds further or not. If they feel it should go ahead, they will report their findings and recommendations. But the word at the meeting was very definitely an anti-BSL one."

Amongst the speakers at the meeting were several Territorial Authorities, some by phone and some, including Marlborough authority, appearing in person. Also present were
Ray Greer, President of the New Zealand Kennel Club, Clyde Rogers Exec. Member of the NZKC, Rod Jamieson Dog Training Chairperson, Frank Denson of the Canterbury Bull Terrier Club and Ann Byers, President of the Southern Cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society, with canine expert Dr Kersti Seksel, Australia via Power Point showing video clips and photos.

A full report form the meeting will appear in next week’s OUR DOGS.