ANEW book called Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding
Animals by Rory Freedman is an entertaining and amusing guide for animal lovers.
This book cleverly presents a range of animal topics in a mainstream way that leads us beyond our love of dogs and cats.
Frank, funny and revealing, the author explains how our simple choices can make the world a better place for all its inhabitants. It’s an inspiring call to arms are you really an animal lover or just a pet lover?
Beg is honest, reader- friendly, equally humorous and confronting but most of all empowering. It’s a must- read.
Watch the introductory video at roryfreedman.com
While on the topic of “showing up” for animals, here is a plea to all dog people to have a look at the proposed dog welfare standards that have just been published for public comment.
The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee has developed proposed standards and guidelines for the care and management of dogs.
Once accepted, standards become regulations and compliance is mandatory and legally enforceable.
Guidelines are less binding more like recommendations and non- compliance is not an offence in itself.
Separate standards and guidelines are proposed for domestic animal businesses and dogs kept privately ( pet dogs).
Domestic animal businesses include dog breeding operations, pet shops, training and boarding kennels, shelters and pounds.
Under the proposed standards, offi cers will be empowered to inspect a “domestic animal business” as well as inspect any premises where puppies are bred for sale whether or not they are a “domestic animal business”.
Anyone breeding pups ( whether they are sold or given away) will need to comply with the standards for private dogs at the very least.
Some of the proposed standards will apply to all dog owners in Tasmania so take a look at the discussion paper at www. dpipwe. tas. gov. au/ dogs
The cut- off date for public submissions is November 22.