Closed petition Compulsory Penalties for Dangerously out of control dogs attacking other animals

Dogs, cats and Live Stock are increasingly being attacked by out of control dogs resulting in trauma and death.
Increase and include compulsory penalties for dog attacks and attempted attacks on other animals.
Provide pet dogs with the same rights under the dangerous dog act as assistance dogs.

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Dogs are being killed by other dogs both on and off leads due to their owners being unable to control them

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MPs debate Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill

The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill was debated at second reading on Monday 25 October. This is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of a bill.

You can watch the debate on the Parliament Live TV website:

Read the transcript of the debate:

Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill

This bill aims to improve welfare standards and protect pets, livestock and wild animals.

It includes provisions to:
- Introduce new powers to tackle puppy smuggling
- Give new powers to police to protect livestock from out of control dogs
- Introduce regulations which prohibit the importation of animals that have been mutilated, such as ear-cropped dogs.

What happens next?

The bill has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee, where MPs will scrutinise the bill line by line. They are expected to report to the House by Thursday 18 November.

Read more about the bill and keep up to date with its progress:

What is a second reading?

Second reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of a bill.

The Government minister, spokesperson or MP responsible for the bill opens the second reading debate. They usually begin by responding with their views on the bill. The debate then continues with other Opposition parties and backbench MPs giving their opinions.

At the end of the debate, the Commons decides whether the bill should be given its second reading, meaning it can proceed to the next stage. If there isn't consensus that a bill should proceed to its next stage, MPs will vote on this.

Find out more about how second readings work:

Further information

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