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KC hits back at ‘offensive’ claim

The Kennel Club has hit back at a recent attempt to ban an image of a dog, on the basis of religious sensibilities and insists that dogs are an integral part of British society that cannot simply be swept under the carpet.

The Kennel Club has taken the stance after Tayside Police took the decision to withdraw a promotional poster, which featured a German Shepherd Dog puppy, because of fears that it might be considered offensive. However, some Muslims in the Dundee area have reportedly been upset by the image because they consider dogs to be "ritually unclean", while shopkeepers have refused to display the advert.

Caroline Kisko, spokesperson for the Kennel Club, said: "Dogs are an integral part of British society and we do not support any actions which seek to apologise for their existence. We are surprised that Tayside Police took the decision to withdraw a poster that showed a picture of a puppy when dogs are so important to effective policing.

"There is nothing offensive about using an image of a dog on promotional material, which many advertisers and organisations choose to do because of the positive and affectionate feelings that they evoke. Dog owners are urged to keep their dogs under control as a matter of course, in order to respect individual sensibilities, but we also believe that as many public places as possible should be Open for Dogs and we are running a campaign to this effect.

Tayside Police have admitted they should have consulted their 'diversity' officers before issuing the cards, but critics argued their apology was unnecessary.