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Extract from the Prime Minister's statement to Parliament - 11 February 2003

"I believe we must ensure that animal control officers have the powers they need to take dangerous dogs out of circulation. Parliament should consider whether it is practicable to designate dangerous breeds and their cross breeds and then ensure that they are leashed and muzzled whenever they are out of containment. Increased penalties for breaking the law should be considered, and enforcement of the law needs to be stepped up across the country." - Prime Minister, Helen Clark, 11 February 2003

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