And all you thought they would do to stomp on individual rights was to take away everyone’s guns! No, that was signature significance, you see. A state that decides that it, and not its citizens, should decide how they get to protect themselves is not going to stop with that. As Clarence Darrow said in the Scopes Trial, “Fanatacism is ever busy and needs feeding. Always it is feeding and gloating for more.”
Down Under they just passed something called the the Animal Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill. Among its provisions is one that holds that dog owners can face heavy fines if they keep their dog confined for 24 hours. Unless they then allow the dog to “move freely” for the next two hours or face prosecution. That’s just a sample, however: the Australian Capital Territory’s new law says…
A person in charge of an animal commits an offence if the person fails to give the animal —
- (a) appropriate food; or
- appropriate water;
- appropriate treatment for illness, disease or injury; or
- appropriate shelter or accommodation; or
- a clean and hygienic living environment; or
- appropriate grooming and maintenance; or
- appropriate exercise; or
- appropriate opportunities to display behaviour that is normal for the animal; or
- care that is appropriate for the animal’s well-being.
No vagueness there! Maximum penalties include heavy fines , imprisonment for up to a year, or both. The territory is the first jurisdiction in Australia to recognize animal sentience, which apparently means the legislators let dogs write the legislation. Not smart dogs, either. Basset Hounds maybe. Irish setters.
Here are the particulars on dog-walking: Continue reading