– with pet owners also facing fines for walking too many dogs.
The Australian Capital Territory’s Labor-Greens government is developing new laws which aim to recognise that animals are ‘sentient beings that can feel emotion and pain’.
Canberra’s City Services Minister Chris Steel said the proposed law was designed to make humans respect the feelings of animals.
‘It gives a new awareness that animals do feel emotions and they do feel pain, and when we’re considering legislative change, we need to consider that first and foremost,’ he told Triple J’s Hack radio program on Friday.
Mr Steel issued a media release late last year describing the proposed laws as ‘recognition that animals are sentient beings that can feel emotion and pain and deserve to have an acceptable quality of life’.
Walking three or more pooches would also be illegal to ensure ‘control of dogs and improve safety from dog attacks’.
Failing to provide adequate shelter, exercise or grooming could also see someone fined up to $3,750 under the proposed Animal Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill of 2019.
Canberra radio 2CC breakfast presenter Tim Shaw said the proposed law would see pets have as much power as human tenants.
‘It looks like dogs and cats in the ACT will have an equal right as the tenant over the landlord,’ he told Sky News on Monday.
‘And they’re wondering why landlords are departing investment here in Canberra.’
Mr Shaw said the ACT needed to focus on delivering better roads and rubbish collection. Husky is tricked by his cheeky owner’s treat ‘force field’Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:39FullscreenNeed Text
‘Now I love a fury-faced friend as much as the next one but I think we’re losing focus on delivering services,’ he said.
The proposed law would also proposes fines of up to $30,000 and three years jail for serious cases of animal cruelty.
People who are repeatedly convicted of animal cruelty offences would also be banned from owning, caring for an living with animals.
Public consultations have closed on the proposed law, with the ACT expected to pass legislation in the middle of 2019.
News CREDIT: DailyMail