There has been a recent spate of letters in the media on this subject and I wondered whether there is a solution to this problem? I always carry a black plastic bag and pick up my dog's mess as I am sure do the majority of forum readers but there remains a large number who choose not to do so and bring shame on responsible dog owners. For example in my area owners walk their dogs on open private land with public rights of way and ignore the signs encouraging individuals to pick up their dog mess. The area has become a minefield and to be fair the Parish Council it has taken the initiative by erecting signs, providing bins and getting the local primary school children to design posters encouraging all to be responsible citizens - all to no avail. Recently, a member of the Council has taken to spraying dog mess in open areas with a brightly coloured paint spray. Unfortunately, other than drawing people's attention and irritating responsible owners, it has done little to resolve the problem which will remain until a law is introduced (like seat belts in cars) which identifies the culprits and punish them. IMHO,the only way to eliminate the problem would be to include the subject in our schools calling it something like Good Citizenship and bring back the licence for all domestic pets requiring them to be electronically chipped and DNA tested. The costs of such action would be huge and is probably the reason why nothing has been done and concede that I maybe living in cloud cuckoo land? Anyone else with better ideas?