UK to curb dangerous Pets
By our petshop girl,
|A new law to ensure that our kiddies are properly protected from dangerous household pets was introduced in a draft Bill this week, promising the most comprehensive review of animal safety for more than a century
The new law will confine popular pets such as goldfish, budgerigars, guinea pigs and known troublemakers like feral cats to specially designed steel enclosures located at least two miles away from the nearest habitation.
Along with this measure, the law will also tighten offences relating to horse fouling — £10,000 fine — widen the range of sentences for letting your dog crap in your neighbour's drive, and increase the effectiveness of bullbars on 4x4's to help reduce the cat population.
Explaining the details of the draft Bill, Animal Health and Welfare Minister Stan Shufflebotham told Utterpants: “The draft Bill extends a duty to promote public safety — currently present in farmed animal legislation — to all animal keepers. This will mean that all household pets must be kept under lock and key except for two 10 minute access periods at 8am and 8pm. This is a major improvement to current welfare laws which are often based on the view that safe practice is about taking action after a child has suffered severe injury or even death."
"Isn't that a bit draconian?" we asked the Minister.
"But why goldfish?" we asked. "What harm do they do?"
"Do you foresee any opposition to this bill?" we asked.