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In her Daily Telegraph column today, Miranda Devine is calling for Australia to embrace a dog buyback scheme, "similar to John Howard's gun buyback." 

Back in 1996 following the tragedy of the Port Arthur massacre, then Prime Minister John Howard implemented a scheme where the Government bought back thousands of legally and privately owned guns from the Australian public.

Remarkably, Australia has not experienced a gun massacre since then.

Devine thinks that a similar scheme could be the solution to force owners of dangerous breeds, to finally give up their household pets to be euthanised, in exchange for money.

"There can be an amnesty of a few weeks before the owner of every pit bull, or similar vicious breed, is required to relinquish their dogs to the local council," Devine said.

"They can then choose a safer breed from the tens of thousands waiting for a new home in pounds and animal shelters."

"The owner can be re-compensated by the taxpayer for the small costs incurred. The dangerous breed is then humanely put to sleep, while a dog on death row is saved."

HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think about this?

Do you think people should be allowed to keep dangerous dog breeds as pets? Do you think Australians would part with their dogs in exchange for cash? Should owners be held criminally responsible for the actions of their animals?

MIRANDA DEVINE can be contacted in these ways..



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