THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­pond.com

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.

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