But FNC member backs walking areas Dogonleash law ‘needed’
A law that bans walking dogs in public places without leashes is necessary to ensure public safety, a member of the Federal National Council (FNC) has said.
A nationwide ban is being considered as part of wider changes to the ownership of animals.
The FNC last week debated a proposed law that includes a total ban on keeping lions, tigers and primates as domestic pets.
Clauses in the law also outline stricter controls on domestic pets.
Those who fail to control their dogs in public places could face between a month and six months in prison and large fines.
Hamad Al Rahoumi, who represents Dubai, yesterday said a ban is required.
“It’s important for dogs to be on leashes whenever in public places to ensure the safety of the people,” he said.
“The leash allows the owner to control the animal just in case it becomes unruly.” Bur he said he also recognised that owners need somewhere to walk their pets. “I don’t think the law should prohibit dog owners to let them off the lead, if they are in places like the desert,” he said. “Dogs need to be allowed to play freely without a leash especially in areas where they don’t pose danger to people.” At present, owners in Dubai, for example, must walk their animals on a lead or face municipal fines but the new penalties would be much tougher. The proposal has sparked a debate among dog owners. Clare L’Estrange wrote on the 7DAYSUAE Facebook page: “Such a disappointing move. Dogs need to be able to roam free (within reason).” FNC members are due to discuss the proposed law again next week.