A plea to New Zealand
Tuesday 4 October, 2016
An open letter to all New Zealanders: please don't make this mistake.
Dear animal lovers,
I'm Ginny, a member of the SPCA team in Auckland. I'm writing to you today after I read the Government's proposed action plan for dogs in New Zealand last week.
A couple of years ago I worked in an animal shelter in the UK. Every Thursday, an enforcement agency would come into the shelter and round up all the dogs they thought looked like a pit bull type and order them to be euthanised.
I know the heartbreak that breed-specific legislation causes, because I've seen it first hand.
Saying goodbye to innocent dogs and knowing we were powerless to help them is something that will stay with me for life.
The scary thing is, this is the future for our dogs if they look a certain way.
So I'm urging you all - act now while you still can.
The UK introduced breed-specific legislation 25 years ago, and it has not led to a reduction in dog bites. The casualties of this law are the thousands of innocent dogs who were denied a chance to grow up, and have a family, and learn how wonderful the world can be for a dog.
All because of the way they looked.
Studies from the UK show us that breed-specific legislation does not work and we need to do everything possible to ensure New Zealand doesn't make the same mistake. Our focus should be on responsible dog ownership and public education.
The good news is there's still time to make a difference for the lives of dogs in New Zealand. Right now we're setting up meetings with important decision makers to get our voice heard.
But we can't do it without you. Please sign our petition and share it with everyone you can.
Thanks for your support,