Dog owners rebelling against no-dog zones

As I said in a Spectator article, dog owners are rising up across the country in protest against no-dog zones.

Here are a few of the groups taking on their council’s zero-tolerance rules…

Friends of dogs in parks – Holland Park, London. A group (including vets) taking on Holland Park’s dogs-on-leads orders, which prevent dogs from getting proper exercise in this large central London park. Their petition has 3000 signatures…

West Shore Dog walkers – North Wales – a well organised group opposing Conwy council’s ‘bullying and illegal’ enforcement of no-dog zones, carried out through private enforcement officers. Caroline and Tony Costa have made a series of films about people who have been unfairly fined.

Walton dog walkers – Kieran Burke and others managed to defeat the council’s plans to ban dogs from the village green, which would have been catastrophic for elderly residents. See news of their victory…

Portrush dog walkers – campaigning against a year-round ban on dogs on the beach. See their petition; and ‘barking mad’ dog protest walk.

Many other campaigns are overseen by the Kennel Club’s excellent campaigning network KC Dog.


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