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Insurance for all dogs in UK!

Post by herbiedog on Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:09 am

Today on our news it has been said that all dogs in the UK will have to be insured and micro chipped under the dangerous dogs act.... really don't know how they will police this because the people who train their dogs to be fighters are the ones who don't give a jig for laws in general

It's always the ones who are the true dog lovers and keep their dogs under control are the ones who suffer most


ALL DOGS TO BE INSURED BY LAW







By Donna Bowater




EVERY dog owner in Britain will be forced to fork out up to £600 a year for insurance under new Labour plans to tackle so-called "devil dogs".




Last night critics said the proposals will punish responsible owners while those who keep dangerous breeds will simply continue to flout the law.



And it could cost even more. The Kennel Club warned insurance firms might take advantage of the new law to inflate prices.



Plans to review the Dangerous Dogs Act, being announced today by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn and Home Secretary Alan Johnson, will mean anyone who keeps a dog, including docile miniature breeds, will have to take out an insurance policy in case their pet attacks someone.



The review also suggests that all Britain’s estimated 10.5 million dogs must be fitted with a microchip, further pushing up the cost of owning man’s best friend by another £25.



Alex Deane, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “We have managed to own dogs in this country for hundreds of years without any tax policy.



“There’s a reason why the saying is ‘One man and his dog’ and not ‘One man, his dog and his third-party liability’. I think this is absurd and completely disproportionate Andi Godfrey, of the London Dog Forum, said: “It’s all very well bringing in this legislation, but it’s always the people who are responsible dog owners who suffer.

“From the emails I get, dog owners feel let down and my feeling is that dangerous dogs are a social problem.”



The Government’s 12-week consultation is announced after police seized 900 dangerous dogs in the capital alone last year.



The RSPCA has reported a 12-fold increase in complaints about dog fights between 2004 and 2008.
Other proposals include the introduction of Dog Control Notices to give police and councils more powers, and extending the law to include private property. Home Secretary Alan Johnson said: “Britain is a nation of animal lovers, but people have a fundamental right to feel safe on the streets and in their homes.


“The vast majority of dog owners are responsible, but there is no doubt that some people breed and keep dogs for the sole purpose of intimidating others, in a sense, using dogs as a weapon.”



A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs said: “There would be a financial impact on dog owners, but there also might be an impact on dog risk.



“We think it’s worth discussing and asking the question, would insurance for all dogs have that extra safety dimension?”



A spokesman for specialised pet insurance firm Petplan said: “The most basic option, which covers you for £1million and includes third-party liability, is around £15 per month.



“Our maximum third-party liability cover, which provides £3million of liability, is between £40 and £50 per month, working out at around £600 a year.”



The Kennel Club’s communications director, Caroline Kisko, warned that insurance firms could take advantage of the new legislation to inflate prices.



She added: “While we believe it is sensible to have third-party cover, we would not want insurers to see this as an opportunity to take advantage of responsible owners who abide by the law.”



Claire Robinson, the RSPCA’s government relations manager, said there was “a real need for updated legislation” but the Government should focus on irresponsible dog owners rather than specific types of “devil” dogs

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Post by oldboi on Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:15 pm

Bugger, this is blackmail or wat ?

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Post by herbiedog on Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:18 pm

Seems like it Glen .....several people on one of the English forums are going to refuse to do it..

Must admit we do have insurance for Herbie and he is microchipped but that is one thing that I think everyone should do

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Post by lorie on Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:20 am

Ridiculous, so if someone owns several dogs it would cost a fortune!!!!
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Post by herbiedog on Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:08 pm

Think that you may get a discount for 2 or more dogs but it will still be expensive..

The insurance companies must be rubbing their hands with glee

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Post by Mali on Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:24 pm

This world has gone totally fucken mad... what a load of horse shit!! Sorry but when is all this shit going to stop?

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Post by herbiedog on Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:55 am

when it hits the fan

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Post by Mali on Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:33 pm

Your right!!

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