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Write to your local candidates

With the election coming up, potential future MP's want to know how to secure your vote. This is the perfect time to write to them and push for their views on dog licensing.

Follow the steps below and use our template to make your voice heard.

Letter Template - Updated 4th June 2024. 

We recommend emailing all prospective MP candidates from your area. We particularly recommend writing to whoever the most recent MP and the Labour candidate is (regardless whether they are your MP or not) as Labour are likely to win the election, therefore we want to reach as many Labour candidates with this message as possible.

Why do this? They want votes. They want to know what issues are important to their voters. Our template has focused on dog licensing as we believe this should be on the agenda for the next government. 

Step 1

Click here to find all of the candidates for your area. Candidate lists will be finalised on 7th June 2024.

Step 2

Copy and paste the text below into an email and send! Make sure to check for sections where you need to insert your own text. Don't forget to encourage your friends and family to do the same!

[Subject] 

From a Constituent: Why dog licensing should be part of your campaign.

[Email Body]

Dear [enter candidate title and name]

 

NHS statistics show that dog bite incidents have increased by over 200% since 1999 [1], following the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).

Hopefully, based on this overwhelming figure, I have caught your attention.

I am a Constituent at [enter your postcode] and as I consider my general election vote I would like to know where you stand on dog licensing, a topic that I believe should be high on any MP's agenda given the forever increasing rise in dog attacks.

I would like to draw your attention to the Calgary Model [2], which, to date, is the only legislation in the world that has been conclusively proven to reduce dog bites. 

Would you be in favour of introducing a licensing scheme in the UK? 

The campaign group Don't Ban Me, Licence Me have a dog licensing skeleton proposal [3] with five key pillars:

  1. Regulation of breeding

  2. Responsibility in ownership

  3. Recording of dog bites and incidents

  4. Raising awareness and knowledge through education

  5. Resources for enforcement

 

This is what is needed in the UK to protect the public, promote responsible dog ownership and education, and improve animal welfare. The campaign group have already met with the Shadow Environmental Health Secretary, Ruth Jones, who has expressed an interest in exploring dog licensing for the UK.

Don't Ban Me, Licence Me are currently awaiting a date at the High Court for a Judicial Review against the government over the XL Bully ban legislation. If the ban is found to be unlawful, this is the perfect opportunity for the government to look at a better solution for the future of dog control in the UK. 

Are you going to ignore over 30-years of evidence and continue be part of the problem, or are you going to bring about a better solution?

This topic is important to me because I have been personally affected by the recent XL Bully ban [please insert your personal experience/story here, how the ban is affecting you etc – this is important for your MP to read your email].

It is evident that banning breeds is not a solution to the continually escalating dog control issue in the UK. The ban has so far not been successful in reducing dog attacks and does not protect people from incidents within the home, however, we already knew this since the breed specific legislation contained within the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) does not represent an evidence-based approach and more widely has been ineffective in delivering its stated aims. 

Dog related incidents and attacks will continue to rise as long as breeding remains unregulated, education is lacking, and the people who use dogs for illicit purposes move onto another breed. Licensing is the solution.

I am not alone in my opinion, I would like to draw your attention to a petition against the XL Bully ban [4], which received over 600,000 signatures and was passionately debated in parliament by MPs on behalf of their Constituents.
 
I hope you can see that licensing is a solution that any forward-thinking government should be campaigning for.

If you'd like to read more evidence to support this, please refer to the government's own commissioned responsible dog ownership report from 2021 [5].

In any case, if your party bosses do not put dog licensing into their manifesto, then I am sorry, but you won’t be getting my vote.

My dogs cannot vote for their future, but I can. 

 
Yours sincerely,

 
[insert your title and full name]
 

  1. NHS dog bites statistics: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/hospital-admitted-patient-care-activity

  2. Calgary licensing model: https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/teams/251/MelanieJRock_UCalgary_CalgaryPublicLibrary_v27Oct2021_18h.pdf

  3. Dog licensing skeleton proposal: https://www.licenceme.org.uk/licensing-campaign

  4. Petition against XL Bully ban: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/643611

  5. Responsible Dog Ownership Report: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45440/1/1512314_Nurse.pdf

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