A new law has been passed in Germany which dictates all dog parents will have to walk dogs twice a day. The Hundeverordnung, or Dogs Act, was passed keeping in mind how one in five homes in the country has a pet pooch. These dogs need proper exercise, even when their hoomans refuse to do their bit. So the government has now put in place the new law.
Under this law, a quick stroll with your doggo won’t be enough. Owners will have to walk dogs twice a day, for one hour at least. The Dogs Act also mentions how owners cannot keep their dogs alone at home for the whole day. It also mentions how dogs cannot be kept on chains or lead for very long periods.
Who Walks the Dogs?
The government wants to ensure the best care for its 9.4million pooches. Julia Klöckner, the Agriculture Minister, mentioned that there was evidence of many dogs not getting adequate stimulation or exercise on a daily basis. She referred to the latest researches conducted in the country. These indicate how dogs need “sufficient measure of activity and contact with environmental stimuli” as well as nature, people, and other animals. Most owners treat their dogs as animated stuffed toys meant for their cuddling only. People forget how they are living, breathing beings who have their own needs. This law hopes to work for the betterment of the health of such dogs.
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But the public is not too happy with the new law. Germans are debating how the government cannot dictate them. They feel, as the owners, they can understand how to best take care of their paw-friends. A German newspaper even called the law “rubbish”. Some citizens raised the concern that many of dogs are either too elderly or have medical conditions that would prevent them from taking suck long walks.
A colleague of Klöckner tweeted that he refuses to take his Rhodesian Ridgeback for 2 such long walks in the heat of 32 degrees. He would rather let the dog go to the river for a refreshing swim.
Some are of the opinion that since so many households in the country have dogs, no one will be able to keep track of who is following the rules and who is not.
The Agricultural Ministry’s spokesperson said that the 16 states of the country will be responsible for making sure the law is followed and residents walk their dogs regularly.
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