Dangerous Dogs Catalogue Of Injuries And Deaths Cameron Is Ignoring
The CWU’s ‘Bite Back’ dangerous dogs campaign, continues unabated as Cameron’s government still refuse to implement law changes which will adequately address the injuries and deaths occurring on private property, every year.
Now the Union has published a catalogue of dangerous dog attacks which have resulted in horrendous injuries and deaths. Including very graphic images, the document can be downloaded via a link at the end of this news item.
Dave Joyce the Union’s National Health, Safety & Environment Officer says on the CWU national website:
"It's outrageous that hard-working and conscientious people, providing a whole range of vital public services have been, effectively, treated the same as criminal trespassers by the law. We desperately need new laws to protect victims and promote responsible dog ownership to prevent attacks taking place."
You would have thought that the argument from the CWU alone, never mind the wider campaign made up of a consortium of groups which include, the RSPCA, Kennel Club, the Police Federation, Association of Chief Police Officers, Royal College of Nursing, and Royal Mail; would have resulted in changes to the law; not to mention the fact that it would mean fewer pieces of legislation which this government favours, as existing laws would be amalgamated into one item of legislation if the proposals in the ‘Bite Back’ campaign were implemented.
According to figures from the NHS, 6,005 adults and children were admitted to hospitals over the year to March 2011, after being "bitten or struck by a dog", the fifth successive year-on-year increase.
But the cost to the public alone should be galvanising a government that puts profits and tax payers money before the needs of the employer and vulnerable; to actually do something.
In 2009 a four year old child John Paul Massey, who lived in Wavertree in Liverpool constituency was mauled to death by a pit bull terrier at his uncle's house.
Luciana Berger, Labour MP for Wavertree was featured on BBC’s Newsnight programme last week, calling for changes to the law.
"This isn't a party political issue, there are MPs from across the house... that are demanding of government to wake up, pay attention and take some action. We cannot afford to see another child die. We've seen six children lose their lives since 2006," she said.
An excellent short news video was broadcast at the beginning of what was good coverage of the issues by the Newsnight programme, followed by a debate between Luciana Berger, MP and Mark Littlewood Mark Littlewood from think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs.
As can be expected, the former Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats was totally against changing the law and said doing so was simply another example of health & safety gone mad.
As mentioned above, the CWU have just issued a document, compiled by the Union’s National Health & Safety Department which details harrowing accounts of injuries and deaths caused by dangerous dogs attacking members of the public and postal and telecoms workers.
It lists a total 8 children and 5 adults killed between 1989 and 2012 and states that over 6,000 postal workers are bitten each year as they go about their work.
The document provides facts and photographs of some of the most publicised cases, and is not for the squeamish, given the clarity of the photographs in illustrating just what dog bites can do by way of injuries, not to mention cause the death of both adults and children.
Source: CWU / BBC News website