Devolution means taking responsibility, says Plaid
The Party of Wales has today accused the Welsh Government of shirking its responsibility on legislating to control dangerous dogs in Wales.
The party’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Llyr Gruffydd has said that the government’s decision to abandon its own legislation in favour of the UK Government’s Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policy Bill, was a step back for animal welfare.
The Party of Wales Shadow Animal Welfare Minister Llyr Gruffydd said:
“Having consulted, drafted and published its own Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill, the Welsh Government has shredded its proposals which would have contained a number of provisions to make a real difference in tackling dangerous dogs.
“The Welsh legislation had a particular emphasis on prevention, education and awareness-raising. The UK Bill on the other hand adopts a more punitive approach to dog control, and does not achieve the objectives set out by the Welsh Government in its original legislation.
“The Welsh Government’s intention is at odds with much of the excellent work undertaken in recent years in furthering the animal welfare agenda in Wales. We are proud of our record on issues such as the compulsory microchipping of dogs and the landmark ban on electric shock collars.
“But now, barely two years after animal welfare was devolved to Wales, we see a Labour Minister preferring to allow the UK coalition government to legislate on this rather than taking the responsibility himself.
“The Welsh Government’s bill was bespoke legislation for Wales focusing firmly on tackling dangerous dogs. The issue has now been thrown into the cauldron of legislation that is the UK Bill, which deals with a plethora of issues, ranging from forced marriages to terrorism.
“This is a step back and the Welsh Government mustn’t pass the buck on controlling dangerous dogs.”