Monday, January 30, 2006

Pet off, Margaret...

Oh, for pet's sake...

Margaret Beckett, the Environment Secretary, is to produce detailed codes of conduct telling pet owners how to feed their animals and where they should go to the toilet, along with ways of providing “mental stimulation”...

Every domesticated animal will have a code of conduct tailored to their species, each of which is expected to run into dozens of pages...

Although any breach of these codes is not an offence in itself, failure to observe elements of the code will count against defendants in court... The law will be enforced by “pet police”; council employees with powers to enter property and seize animals.

Now, how have cat owners managed for the last 3,500 years, dog owners for the last 150,000 years and the Phoenicians in 1,000 years BC without Margaret Beckett to tell them that:

“Dogs should be introduced to cats very carefully. The dog should be on a lead at first so that it cannot chase the cat.”

Why devise a vision for Britain when you can write 18 page guides telling people that lobsters die unless fed. And just incase you're not convinced Big Bulldog is trying to watch you:

Pet shops may bring in a register of animals sold, with customers signing to signify they are above the age of 16 and have been given care advice...

... Ben Bradshaw, the Animal Welfare Minister, said: “The vast majority of pet owners have nothing to fear from this legislation.”

2 Comments:

  • At 3:41 pm , Blogger Tristan said...

    Oh my god...

    This is absurd.
    We have RSPCA inspectors to ensure people don't abuse their pets, some people always will, but this is just extra regulatory burden just for the sake of it.

    The attitude of this government is so unbelievably authoritarian. We obviously cannot be trusted to do anything without the state to tell us how to do it.
    No wonder there's a decrease in respect and responsibility, we are continually told we aren't capable of doing anything and the state must do it.

    I think the LibDems should start a review of the laws of this country and come up with a list of stupid, invasive, unnecessary laws which benefit nobody (except perhaps those who are meant to enforce them) and propose to abolish them.

     
  • At 9:39 pm , Blogger Chris Palmer said...

    There must be some mistake. Surely this is a disturbing extract from an animal rights extremist's wet dream..?

     

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