Jade Lomas-Anderson's family vow to fight on after losing parliamentary vote
THE family of a tragic teenage girl who was killed by a pack of dogs have vowed to keep campaigning after losing out in a vote in parliament.
Jade Lomas-Anderson was aged just 14 when she was mauled to death in March.
Since then her family has been campaigning for stronger measures on the issue of dangerous dogs.
They have been backed by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling, who spoke during the debate and called for an amendment to the anti-social behaviour, crime and policing bill which would see the introduction of dog control notices.
The notices would permit authorised officers to impose a number of key conditions on irresponsible owners of dogs deemed to be out of control, such as muzzling or forcing them to stay on a lead whilst in public places.
Speaking in parliament, Ms Hilling said the government’s proposed community protection notices did not go far enough in tackling the issue of dangerous dogs.
She added: “There is much of this bill that can be welcomed — but it does not go far enough — Jade and her parents, as well as all of the people who have been attacked by dangerous dogs deserve more.”
But members in Parliament voted against the amendment, with Home Office Minister Norman Baker stating that the amendment was “not required” as such issues “could be tackled by the community protection notice.”
Speaking after the vote, Jade’s stepfather, Michael Anderson, from Atherton, said: “I’m disappointed with the result but we are not going to stop there.
“I think they have got it wrong, what they are proposing will deal with the effects after a dog attack, but we want to try to stop them in the first place.
“Experienced groups like the RSPCA have called for dog control notices — so I don’t understand why the government are choosing not to listen to them, it’s not good enough.”
Ms Hilling echoed his sentiments and said that as the bill now moves into the House of Lords to be discussed, she will be calling on members of that house to continue to push for the amendment.
She added: “It’s not over yet, it has to get through the Lords and we will be asking people to keep raising this.
“Even if we had got everything we wanted today, we still would have carried on campaigning because it doesn’t cover everything — we need to look at holistic measures and educating people on all the issues surrounding dangerous dogs.”
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