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THE CANINE DEFENCE LEAGUE. TO THE EDITOR OF THE CAMBRIAN." I Sir. '-The resolution, which you hava pub- lished from the National Canine Defence League, on Mr. Long's Do; Bill, is so manifestly necessary that all rip-ht-thinkina: persons will surely suppoi t it by writing- at once to members of Parliament. urging them to oppose the Bill, or to taka such bteps as sball st-cure the adoption "f the amendments set forth in that resolution. In introducing hi.* Bill, Mr. Lonsrmacle the amazing and misleading titemert it had nothing to do with the Muzzling Order," but that its objects were simply a collar regulation and the conferring of power to make bve-laws for dogs on local bodies. But this is not so. The existing Dogs Act of 1871 is a thoroughly comprehensive measure, and no fresh legislation for dogs is required. By repealing Section 3 of teat Act, this Bill would deprive local bodies of the powers they already possess, and would usurp for Mr. Long's department supreme authority in this respect, with power to impose the useless, cruel and intolerable Muzzling Order, against which the nation has so constantly ami vigorously pro- tested, at any time, in any locality, for no reason but its own whims and fads, without reference to the local bodies. The Muzzling Order is, in fact, the moving spirit of the Bill. The Stray Dogs Clauses—Clauses 2-4 of Section 2-will be regarded by all humane persons with strong indig- nation for by them the police are authorised and incited to seize dogs, even though wearing engraved collars, whom they may elect to consider stray—a very dangerous license tbis-the defini- tion of the term being left to their discretion, and to destroy or sell them after the ridiculously, and, unjustly, short spa."e of three days, though many reasons could be given why it might be impossi- ble to reclaim a lost dog in that time. Now, a dog with a name and address, is not a stray, and the engraved collar should protect him from police interference. The Bill, by one Clause, orders the collar as a protection and mark of responsible ownership, but, by another, lays down that the collar is no protection The Stray Dogs Clauses would open the door to gross abases, being a direct incentive to the police to be always spying after and seizing our private, licensed property, our dogs, who, thougn possibly out without their owners, are not ownerless vagrawte. They would also lead to much cruelty, by perpetual chaining up of doga lest they should be raided by the police, and by the possible sale of captured dogs, cheap, to miserable homes, to dog stealers, or to even worse fates, unless the entering of names and addressee of the purchasers in a book open to public inspection is made compulsory. Those who know the terrible sufferings of dogs, dragged to police yards, hanged, drowned, bludgeoned, unskilfully shot, subjected to the agony of poison improperly administered, even pole-axed, will hesitate to sanction yet more of such shameful atrocity, yet more hunting down of our dogs by police, and will insist that should the destruction of any deg be, unfortu- nately, really necessary, the means of destruction shall not be left. as heretofore, to the selection of the police, but shall be by the humane method advocated in the resolution, remembering that our dogs are our private, licensed property, and the most intelligent and sensitive of creatures, not vermin, to be harried and destroyed, according to the spirit and principle of Mr. Long's Bill. Those who do not desire to hand over the entire control of our doga to the Board of Agriculture, which has proved itself utterly ignorant of dogs, their requirement and diseases, regardless of the rights and wishes of dog-owners, and absolutely without humanity towards dogs, should do their very utmost to ensure the rejection of Mr. Long's Bill or its amendment as recommended by the National Canine Defence League.-I am, Sir, your obedient servant, C. A. M. BAILEY. May 2nd, 1900.

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