Last Spring, the UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) did a 40 question survey of residents in the nation of it's opinion of the nation's Dangerous Dogs Act (which bans 4 different breeds of dogs). According to their survey, 71% of respondents called for the legislation to be repealed.
For nearly 2 decades, animal welfare organizations, along with the British Veterinary Association and The Kennel Club have been calling for a repeal of the legislation and replace it with legislation that would change the emphasis to creating better care for animals and on the actions of irresponsible pet owners -- saying that this would do a better job of protecting the public.
"The problem of dangerous dogs will not be solved until the government accepts that the Dangerous Dogs Act has failed. This view is supported by the thousands of reponses to the consultation," said Bristish Small Animal Veterinary Association President Grant Petrie.
In addition to favoring a repeal of the legislation, 88% of the 4250 repondents said that they don't believe the current legislation is effective at protecting the public. (I personally think the idea of asking this question is ridiculous -- I really don't care if people >think< it is effective -- the statistics -- which show a 66% increase in dog attacks requiring hospitalization in the past decade speak to the ineffectiveness. However, it does show that the majority of people REALIZE it is ineffective).
The law has been a failure....and the public support for a repeal of the law appears to be overwhelming.