Please read this link and please copy and send that letter to the ministers. They are idiots. This could be the start of something bad.
You will have to copy and paste it.http://www.irishdogs.ie/Forum/forum_pos ... 1410#11410
"Dublin City Council is to introduce a ban on eleven breeds of dog from properties including houses, flats and estates, with immediate effect.
The breeds are: English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherd (Alsatian), Doberman, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Japanese Akita, Bull Mastiff, Japanese Tosa and Bandog. Cross-breeds of these dogs or crosses of these dogs with any other breed are also banned.
Owners will be given the opportunity to rehouse the dogs but if alternative accommodation cannot be found for they will be destroyed.
The council has taken the step to remove all "dangerous breeds" due to the increasing numbers of complaints from tenants and because of the legal implications associated with an attack taking place on one of its properties.
The ban initially applies to council housing and all public areas within council estates."
As is typical - a small child gets mauled and I get dozens of 'phone calls from the Radio, TV and newspapers ... now ... absolutely nothing.
So, it's time we started doing things here folks. Make no mistake ... it's the thin end of the wedge. Perhaps tomorrow my Yorkies will bite someone and then they will be on the 'controlled' list as well?
Perhaps tomorrow the loony Councillors will decide that certain portion of society are more 'prone' to violence than others ... and they will be euthanized?
This is the man we need to talk to NOW from Dublin Council - and don't forget he will want your vote soon. I don't think so?!
Councillor Kevin Humphreyscllr_kevin.email@example.com
+353 087 298 91 03 (M)
+353 01 667 80 97
+353 01 668 68 54 (H)
Then, of course, there's John Gormley - Minister of the Environment who's got the ultimate responsibility.
Address: Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1.
Tel: +353 01 888 2403 Fax: +353 01 878 8640 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
He had the distinction of being the first elected representative in Ireland to have an email address email@example.com
Here is a sample letter I have sent to a number of news agencies and, of course, the above two individuals. Even if you are not in Ireland these nutters need to be TOLD that they cannot take away our Civil Rights ... we can own whatever dogs we like ... as long as WE ARE RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS!
Please e-mail them with different Subject: lines it'll keep them bemused for hours (and might not do their e-mail systems any good, either).
Dear Mr Humphreys
I have just read the article in Saturdays Irish Times on Dublin City councils decision to ban certain breeds of dogs from council properties. This decision causes me great concern for a number of reasons. How did the Council reach the decision about dangerous breeds? What criteria were applied and who advised them on this decision? Did the Council consult with any of the animal welfare organisations that are now going to have deal with a huge increase in abandoned and unwanted dogs as a result of this decision? Were they consulted as to the wisdom or otherwise of such a decision. How many other options were explored before this decision was reached?
Be VERY assured that I have sent out your decision to all my friends – urging them to contact you PERSONALLY to voice their total disgust and displeasure at your unilateral and illegal decision banning family pet dogs.
The Council, before reaching their decision, should have sought the advice of people who deal with animal welfare on a daily basis. Such organisations are by and large lobbying for responsible legislation that states that it should be dealt with by “deed not breed”. Any dog can have the capacity to be aggressive depending on how it has been treated by human beings. Such legislation would also allow for degrees of offences and remedies required by the owners as opposed to wholesale destruction of dogs by virtue of the fact that they have a specific breed name.
Such draconian actions and legislation that supports such actions has proven in other areas to be a resounding failure. This decision will result in a number of things:
Distraught families and children who have to hand over beloved family pets either for re-homing or destruction with no responsible assessment of the individual dog and its owners.
Irresponsible owners, particularly those who use their dogs for fighting and who breed dogs for the same purpose will most certainly not hand their dogs over and will instead put them into hiding and carry on with their cruel practices even further from the public eye.
Amnesties will be offered by councils to those owners to hand their dogs over and this will fail also.
Many dogs will now be abandoned or thrown on to the streets for animal welfare organisations to pick up and take responsibility for. These organisations are generally under resourced anyway and this will result in the needless cull of many dogs.
The whole area of fighting dogs is a very lucrative one and it will now be driven further underground and people will make even more money out of this cruelty to animals.
In short the Council has been very irresponsible and rash in taking this decision with very little thought for the consequences. The focus should be on the behaviour of the owners and not the dogs and this issue can be addressed with responsible ownership not destruction.