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March 17, 2010

Compulsory dog insurance proposals binned

by Gill Montia

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The Government has abandoned the idea of mandatory third-party insurance for dogs, the BBC has reported.

Concerns that dogs are being bred solely for the purpose of intimidating others have led ministers to review the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and a week ago, Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced that plans were under consideration for legislation demanding that every dog owner in England and Wales carries third-party insurance against their dog causing injury to a person.

However, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced yesterday that the proposal was being dropped as ministers did not want to penalise responsible owners.

According to the BBC, the insurance industry had already raised the issue of who would compensate the victims of uninsured dogs, should the proposed legislation to ahead.

Common sense dictates that owners of dangerous dogs kept to intimidate others could be among those who don’t bother with car insurance, let alone dog insurance.


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