The McGowan Government in Western Australia has developed a set of “draft standards and guidelines” to deal with the health and welfare of dogs. Included in these guidelines:
- Training should be stopped or modified when it causes the dog to be anxious or distressed;
- Minimum size dimensions for doghouses and kennels;
- Avoid speed bumps when driving with their dog and carry a canine first-aid kit when going for a run;
- Motorists drive with care and try to minimise bumps, jolts and swerving;
- Pets be restrained during transport to prevent distractionand risk of injury;
- Dogs not be tethered for a period exceeding two hours in 24 hours.
Put in something about climate change and safe schools and you might get the Green’s school curriculum.
Clearly there is a problem warranting government intervention. Maybe the WA Government could engage former NSW Premier Mike Baird to consult on a pet dog ban or at least a dog walking curfew.