The nation’s rebellion against banning dogs from shops
Coinciding with National Dog Day on Monday 26 August, a newly discovered record at The National Archives shows the public outcry at the proposal by the Consumer Council to ban dogs from shops 45 years ago.
The 1968 file (ref: AJ 3/182) contains over 60 letters from members of the public in protest at this proposal. The vast majority of the public who wrote in stated that they would prefer to see children – as well as unhealthy humans – banned rather than dogs as they believed that people were more unhygienic (looking at the image on the right, you might be tempted to agree!).
Barking up the wrong tree
The letters received show how the nation of dog-lovers was more concerned about the welfare of dogs, rather than the matter of hygiene. One member of the public went as far as asking the Consumer Council not to ban dogs just to ‘please a few Hitlers’ and another letter from an ex-pilot who fought in the Second World War argued that he ‘fought for the preservation of Freedom 1939-45 which included the individual freedom to enjoy dog companionship’. Continue reading »