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Date:- 23 April 2007

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Members of the public invited to take part in National Dental Survey online

MEMBERS of the public are being invited to take part in this year’s National Dental Survey online.

The National Dental Survey 2007 is being conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation in association with HSA and will be used to document the views of the British public on dental issues and their oral health.

The survey includes the below questions:-

* Would you like your water supply to be fluoridated?

* Would you ever be happy to lend your toothbrush to someone?

* What is the most unusual thing that you have ever used to pick your teeth?

* Which celebrity do you think has the best smile?

The survey is being conducted for National Smile Month which takes place between 13 May 2007 and 12 June 2007 under the theme ‘Two Minutes Twice a Day’.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, commented:- “We really hope that as many people as possible will spare 5 minutes to answer the questions of the survey.  This really is a very important document. It will provide a record of people’s attitudes to oral health in 2007 and will be used to initiate political and media discussion on a range of issues over the coming year.”

You can take part in the National Dental Survey 2007 by visiting and clicking on ‘Take the Survey’.


THE Kennel Club has welcomed the decision reached by a presiding judge at Merseyside Magistrates Court to allow a further thirteen Pit Bull Terrier ‘type’ dogs, which were seized as part of the recent Merseyside Police ‘amnesty’, to be returned to their owners. The verdict echoes a previous decision in February 2007, which saw the release of fifteen dogs also seized under the amnesty.

The dogs and their owners were expertly defended by solicitor Trevor Cooper, well known for his knowledge in such cases. Having listened to the prosecution evidence, the presiding District Judge concluded that although they were aware that an uncontrolled Pit Bull can cause harm, they were satisfied that the owners of these dogs were all responsible and could not be categorised. The judge added that the Index of Exempted Dogs would be opened for these dogs to be registered on it, provided that the requirements of registration were met, such as neutering, microchipping, muzzling and that the dogs were kept on a lead in public.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:- “This is another important victory both for the dogs involved and in proving that breed specific legislation does not work. The amnesty did nothing to address the primary issues of irresponsible dog ownership and ‘dealing with the deed, not the breed’ as it only affected responsible owners and their much loved pet dogs, who have been persecuted simply for how they look.

The Kennel Club believes that it is the temperament and behaviour of the dog which should be examined, and assessment should not be based on the dogs appearance. We will be lobbying the Government to open up the register and will continue our work on the flawed Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to make owners more liable for the actions of their dogs.”

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