狗窝俱乐部believes that people living in rented accommodation should have the legal right to keep their dogs with them. We believe that no-pet clauses on tenancy agreements are unnecessary and unfairly punish responsible pet owners.
Background and proposals
The Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill, brought forward by Andrew Rosindell MP, proposed that owners of dogs or other domestic animals should have the right to have their pet live in their rented home, provided they are able to demonstrate responsibility and care for the animal. Under the proposed legislation, pet owners would be required to prove that they are responsible owners by, for example, obtaining a certification from a veterinarian prior to moving in to confirm that they have a healthy, well-behaved animal and are considered to be a responsible owner. Pets would also be required to be fully vaccinated, microchipped and responsive to basic training commands.
Current legislation and plans
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Governmentannounced a new model tenancy agreementto help responsible tenants with well-behaved pets secure leases more easily. Under the newmodel tenancy agreement布兰科,房东将不再能问题t bans on pets and consent for pets will be the default position. Should the landlord object, they must do so in writing within 28 days of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good reason – such as in smaller properties or flats where owning a pet could be impractical. Tenants will still have a legal obligation to repair or cover the cost of any damage to the property.
Those with assistance dogs and service animals must not be refused as tenants by landlords – doing so is discrimination and could be illegal.
We believe it is vital that those living in rented accommodation are able to have their pets living with them. With rental accommodation restrictions one of the biggest causes of dogs being take to rescue centres or rehomed, the new Model Tenancy Agreement and the proposed Bill are both important steps towards reducing the number of abandoned dogs each year.
As well as this, pet ownership has numerous positive health and social benefits. Daily exercise and the companionship provided by owning a dog improves mental, physical and emotional health, saving the NHS an estimated £2.45 billion annually1。重要的是，宠物主人没有与宠物分开，这样他们就可以继续享受狗所有权的好处。
No-pet clauses in social accommodation also has a deeply cruel impact on the homeless, with many relying on the support and companionship provided by their dog whilst living on the street. It has been estimated that over three quarters of the largest local authorities in London do not allow all their tenants to keep a dog2。如果无家可归者因物业的禁令条款而减少住宿提供，他们将被告知他们故意使自己无家可归，然后拒绝进一步的住房援助。这也提出了关于影响禁止宠物条款和残忍分离政策可能对心理健康产生的影响的担忧。
Depending on the local authority, animal breeding is currently not allowed in rented social accommodation. The proposed Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill could allow breeders to continue breeding pets in rented accommodation which would help to fulfil current high levels of domestic demand, which in turn would address other demand-related issues such as puppy smuggling and illegal importation.
如果您对您的议会代表贷款给您的支持，请写一封信给您的议会代表one of our many campaignsand letting them know how they can help. Your emails and letters don't need to be long, in fact, the shorter the better as politicians are very busy. By doing this you will be playing your part in keeping the welfare of dogs on the political agenda.
Our guide to letter writing
While we know that it is much easier simply to copy a letter and send it off, your parliamentary representative is far more likely to take notice if you write your own letter. Use the guideline below to draft your own letter:
[YOUR HOUSE NUMBER AND STREET]
[PARLIAMENT OR ASSEMBLY ADDRESS]
Paragraph 1: Why you are writing
The first paragraph of your letter should always introduce your concerns to your parliamentary representative. For example:
“我写信给你关于问题[插入主题]那to ask that you support The Kennel Club’s campaign to...’
(This information can be found onthe relevant campaign page of our website。)
Paragraph 2: What you want to change
…then write a bullet-point list into your letter.
Paragraph 3: Why these changes are necessary
Providing politicians with evidence will demonstrate that your concerns are valid. Use facts and figures to support your argument, and describe any personal experiences that you may have had to make your case even more powerful.
Tell your parliamentary representative the line of action that you wish them to take on this matter. This could be taking the matter up with their party, raising the issue in parliament, signing an EDM or supporting a specific Bill. If you are unsure what to write in this paragraph,联系Kennel Club的公共事务团队for advice.
Paragraph 5: Signing off
‘I look forward to hearing from you.
[INSERT YOUR NAME]’
Once you have received a reply
To help keep us up-to-date on which politicians are aware/supportive of our campaigns, please photocopy or summarise the response you receive and send it to usby emailor by post to: The Kennel Club Public Affairs, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.
If your parliamentary representative has agreed to meet with you, read our guide to a successful meeting with parliamentary representatives below.
Most parliamentary representatives hold surgeries where constituents can meet them face to face. Sometimes notices of surgeries appear in local newspapers, but if not you can contact your MP, MSP, AM or MLA’s office directly to book your appointment in advance.
Five steps to success
- Preparation is key.列出要与您的议会代表讨论的问题/主题领域。www.w88.com与事实和数字一起武装，以支持您的论点。您还应该采取记事本和笔来编写任何重要点以供参考
- 直接。Introduce yourself and what you are there to discuss. State your concerns clearly, countering any opposing points that they may make. Do not become emotional – you will make a stronger argument by being calm and reasonable throughout
- 倾听并建设性地回复。Once you have made your position, allow your MP/MSP/AM/MLA to present you with his/hers. Listen carefully for areas of agreement and disagreement, always be positive and try to ask questions that will probe their personal viewpoint rather than that of their party
- Be aware of time.Stick to the issue and try not to get sidetracked into general debate - you will have a limited amount of time with him/her and it is important to make sure you get across all the points you wish to make
- 在会议结束时和超越......Thank them for the meeting, summarise your discussion and outline the steps you can take going forward. Let them know that they can contact you in the future to discuss the issue further.
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