has published new figures that has revealed over 3,300 postal workers were
attacked by a dog between April 2013 to April 2014 – an 8 per cent increase on
the previous year
also face the risk of being attacked by a dog when out canvassing and
Parliament and Royal Mail are calling for responsible dog ownership and are
appealing to dog owners to keep animals under control
Roger Gale MP for North Thanet attended a drop-in session at Westminster,
supported by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Dogs Trust, with Royal Mail
Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability, Shaun Davis.
Around 70 MPs attended and the session provided them with advice on how to
react around dogs when out in their local areas.
forms part of Royal Mail’s wider campaign to reduce the number of dog attacks
on postal workers and to encourage responsible dog ownership during Dog Awareness
Week which runs to the 4 July. However, postal workers are not alone in facing
the risk of being attacked by a dog while carrying out their jobs. Politicians
and volunteers may also encounter dogs when out canvassing and leafleting in
their local areas.
Roger Gale MP is
working with Royal Mail in encouraging dogs owners to play their part in
reducing the number of incidents.
Roger Gale MP said; I am pleased to have
attended the session at Westminster where I learned and shared tips on how to protect myself and my colleagues
from dog attacks when out canvassing in North Thanet.
Dog attacks are a significant issue faced by postal workers, members of
the public and indeed by myself and my colleagues when out leafleting. Royal Mail, CWU, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
and Dogs Trust are doing a fantastic job promoting responsible dog ownership
and I fully support this important campaign”.
were 13 attacks recorded across the North Thanet constituency from April 2013
to April 2014.
Mail has published the results of a survey of MPs and Assembly Members about
their personal experiences of being bitten by a dog.
survey found that politicians face similar risks of being attacked by a dog to
postal workers when out canvassing or delivering leaflets. Just over half of
the near-50 respondents revealed they had an incident with a dog.
Dog attacks on the
Dog attacks are a
significant hazard faced by postmen and women on a daily basis. On average
around nine postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK with
over 3,300 attacks taking place from April 2013 to April 2014, some leading to
a permanent disabling injury. The number of attacks has risen by 8 per cent
nationally since 2012*.
campaign is being held in partnership with the Communication Workers Union
(CWU) and has received support from a wide range of organisations and animal
charities. This includes Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Dogs Trust, Blue
Cross, National Animal Welfare Trust and the National Dog Warden Association.
Shaun Davis, Royal
Mail Group Director of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Sustainability said; We’re
pleased that Roger Gale MP is lending their support
to our important campaign.
As we’ve seen from our survey, postal workers are not
alone in facing dog attacks – politicians experience the same risk of being
bitten by a dog every time they canvass or deliver a leaflet through someone’s
door. Nobody should face this hazard whilst simply trying to do their job.
first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people
who provide a valuable service to our customers. We appeal to owners to keep
their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial
nature. It can also be simple things that help - for example just making sure
the dog is kept inside when the postman calls.”
An Early Day Motion
has been tabled by Andrew Rosindell MP promoting the change in law and Dog