On the 7th June 2001 representatives of The Kennel Club travelled to Brussels to attend a meeting with Michael Scannell - a Member of Mr David Byrne's* Cabinet, who specialises in Animal Welfare Legislation, and Paul Remits - a European Commission legal advisor, to discuss the current 'dangerous dog' legislation being perpetrated in Germany and other areas of Europe.
The meeting lasted for over an hour and was considered constructive by all parties.
Interestingly, Mr Scannell
said "Whilst dog welfare issues are not always high on the political agenda, the German situation has made a significant impact and could easily be measured on the Richter scale"!
Whilst Mr Scannell
confirmed that ultimately the EU is unable to make legal proposals to the German Authorities, he
assured the Kennel Club representatives that his
office would continue to request the scientific evidence that proves that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is more likely to be 'dangerous' than any other breed.