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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-08-2006, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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U.K. Pets Get 'Freedoms'

Just wondering if our UK people have heard about this Animal Welfare Bill.

The article is interesting. Just wanted to get people's (UK and everyone else) views on it and what it has to say about "our freedoms" vs. "our pet's freedoms".

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11178912/site/newsweek/
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-08-2006, 08:15 PM
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Personally, I don't agree with the bill - I read about it a few days ago and frankly, I was appalled. Although the items contained within the bill aren't unreasonable at all, I think that the law could too easily be misinterpreted, or people could have their pets taken away unnecessarily by "animal police" with a personal agenda, or simply those who are misinformed. I think it delves way too far into peoples' personal lives - I mean, one of the items in the bill states that anyone who is able should acquire a companion for their animal if that animal seems to need it. Well, who decides that? The arbitrary decision of the enforcers of the bill, or the owner? How can the animal police ever get a grasp on the pet's care and quality of life day-to-day?

I especially disagree with the fact that the animals can be taken away due to "possibility of future abuse or neglect" - basically you can be charged before you even commit any crime. I think that this gives the animal police far too much power. The problem isn't the actual items in the bill itself - the problem for me is giving flawed human beings so much control over others' personal lives. Although I agree with taking the best possible care of our animals, I think that making a bill like this goes way too far. Our personal lives should be just that - personal.
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Yeah I have mixed feeling. The intentions are good but I could see how it could get out of hand.
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Well, it is still considerably milder than Rome's laws or Tokyo's laws.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2006, 07:53 AM
 
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Wow I hadn't heard of that! Really interesting article. I wouldn't consider any of those things a 'freedom' though, but a basic necessity of looking after your pet well. I agree with nekomi 100%. There are ways of reporting an abused animal and those cases tend to get dealt with efficiently and sensitively. This is a step too far and in the process of attempting to give animals freedoms, they are restricting those of the owners. Wow, I live in a seriously weird country!
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My jaundiced view is that it's just another way to distract the attention of the populace from more weighty issues like the war in Iraq. They know we are a nation of animal lovers and they think this will put them in a good light.
Although in theory it could get seriously out of hand, I don't think the government has the funds to set up an 'animal police'. They can't even deal with Child protection properly.
I think this is just window - dressing.

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They can't even deal with Child protection properly.
Off topic but you'd be surprised at how far advanced Scotland is over England with regards to child protection. A friend of mine works in a respite home for Learning disabilities and he had never heard some of the policies and procedures that work well in the places I have worked. It is bizarre...
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My jaundiced view is that it's just another way to distract the attention of the populace from more weighty issues like the war in Iraq. They know we are a nation of animal lovers and they think this will put them in a good light.
Although in theory it could get seriously out of hand, I don't think the government has the funds to set up an 'animal police'. They can't even deal with Child protection properly.
I think this is just window - dressing.
Agreed. There is a whole lot of window dressing going on around here in the U.S.
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