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    Aim is to create a national welfare standard
    Dogs regularly exercised, fed and watered
    Fines of up to $12k if proposal becomes law
    PET owners could be punished for not walking their dogs, under radical new laws being proposed by the RSPCA.
    Under the legislation, they would have to regularly exercise dogs, ensure animals are not kept chained up and give their pets adequate food and water.

    If the proposal becomes law, dog and cat owners across Australia would face prosecution, fines of up to $12,000 fines for animal cruelty and magistrates could consider jail in extreme circumstances.

    Dr Hugh Wirth, head of RSPCA Victoria, is one of four experts the Federal Department of Agriculture's welfare division has appointed to draft national animal welfare guidelines.

    "The draft will tell people what they have to do rather than what they want to do," Dr Wirth said.

    "The new standards would be regulatory, therefore a breach of the standards is a breach of the law."



    Victorian RSPCA head push for tougher penalties for people who fail to walk their dogs


    The proposed new laws are designed to formalise the national code, which states dogs must be walked at least once a day.

    Dr Wirth said jail sentences would not be handed out for a first offence, but it would something available for magistrates to consider.

    "I would be amazed if a magistrate ordered jail time on the first offence, but, like every other offence under cruelty legislation, jail is an option," Dr Wirth said.

    The proposed laws would be designed to help overcome the problems animal inspectors have had penalising bad owners. The working party is designed to create a national standard, but ultimately the laws would be have to be passed by State Governments.

    Catherine and Mitch Wells said they would welcome laws to prosecute animal owners who did not exercise their pets.

    They said exercising their much-loved "Diva" was part of the deal of owning a dog, and they said all pet owners should be made to regularly walk their animals.

    "That's part of our responsibility of having dog," Mrs Well said.

    The Newcastle couple gives their two-year-old English staffy at least 30 minutes "roaming time" each day at the local dog beach, and they say she thrives on it.

    "Seeing her happy makes me happy," Mrs Wells said.

    Mrs Wells said it distressed her to see larger dogs cooped up in yards, and barely ever let out to exercise.

    "It's not fair to the dog," she said.

    A spokesman for the federal Department of Agriculture said the working group was one of six set up to look at animal welfare.

    "One of the goals of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy is to develop national standards and guidelines for the care of different kinds of animals," the spokesman said.

    "The states and territories are ultimately responsible for legislating for animal welfare, not the Commonwealth."

    The draft is still in its early stages.

    Walk the dog or face time behind bars | News.com.au


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    Yeah i saw this one on the news today.... interesting.. though there will need to be loop holes for working dogs or dogs living on large property's IMO!
    How sad though, that this has to be made a law... i mean... doesn't it just go without saying that dogs need to be exercised? It's just as important for a dog to be exercised as it is to feed them!
    I guess it's a good thing if it makes some people think twice before getting a dog!

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    All well and good...who is going to police this law?

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    I have never walked my dogs here. They came with me if they chose to on my rare walks.
    I wonder how that law would be policed out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    All well and good...who is going to police this law?
    I would think the same ppl who will be policing the 30 minutes a day walking for all obese Australian humans. LMFAO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I would think the same ppl who will be policing the 30 minutes a day walking for all obese Australian humans. LMFAO.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    Just what we needed, more PATHETIC legislation that does nothing to address the real problems in our society with animals.

    They've lost touch with reality.

    If anyone thinks I am taking my Pugs for a walk every day to suit some law then they have rocks in their damn heads. Caring for animals, and animal welfare, has more important things that need to be addressed.
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    Boris is also on a chain here when he visits, under a huge tree with water.
    He chases cattle and would kill my cats if off it.

    The alternative would be that he stays in his cage over on the other farm, sometimes an entire day if both the men are away in town or at a clearing sale.

    He has a hole dug to his own specifications behind the trunk and he gets a bone or pigs ear to keep him occupied, mostly he just sleeps and Pretty will spend some time with him. Those days he gets a good run when he gets back to the other farm.

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    There would definately need to be stipulations as to how big your property is. It would be advisable for city people, but so far from what I've seen around my area people are pretty good with walking their dogs everyday. Of course (if policed and people actually did walk their dogs) you are going to get a lot of problems associated with unsocialised animals being out in public to begin with.

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    Its just another useless idea to keep petty pen pushers in a job. Impossible to enforce. Who decides how long the walk should be? Should the dog be walked on a loose lead or in heel position and will the act include free exercise in a controlled area? At what age will we be forced to walk our puppies? Will I be expected to drag my 17 year old Pug up and down the street for half an hour to satisy the law?

    As Anne said, there are many more important welfare issues to consider. If magistrates let perpetrators of real cruelty off with a smack on the wrist can you really see them sending old Mrs. Goodbody to jail because she is unable to walk her 20 year old Chihuahua and manage her walking frame at the same time?

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