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  1. Dogs are sentient beings

    You know we really don't have to eat animals. I have been a vegetarian (not a vegan) for seven years and my health is excellent for someone in their middle to late seventies. I do eat a lot of chick peas and lentils and I drink soy milk with calcium added. I don't eat eggs but I do eat fish once a week and I have a little milk in my coffee. I really don't need meat but unfortunately my dogs do and I have to cope with that. As some early posters have said people are eating too much meat and it is shameful to see it being thrown away. I also think people eating less meat would be better for our environment as fewer grazing animals and more growing of vegetables and legumes etc would be better for the planet. Sorry powerlegs we posted at the same time.
  2. Dogs are sentient beings

    I originally intended this thread to be about dogs as this is a dog forum. I notice that on a Canberra facebook page posters are mainly concerned about having to walk dogs every second day and wondering how it will be policed. I personally welcomed the concern about dogs being kept on chains or otherwise confined which I think is so cruel but it is not illegal so long as they are provided with water and shelter. I have a neighbour who keeps their dog this way and it distresses me. Not an immediate neighbour thankfully but the immediate neighbour says she can't bear to hear the chain clinking as the dog moves during the day.
  3. Dogs are sentient beings

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-13/canberra-animal-laws-fine-owners-who-dont-exercise-dogs/11106158 Canberra set to recognise animals as 'sentient beings' that are able to feel and perceive in Australian first By Elise Scott, Tahlia Roy and Niki Burnside Updated 17 minutes ago PHOTO: The new laws would mean people could break into cars to protect an animal from serious injury. (ABC News: Tahlia Roy) RELATED STORY: In an Australian first, the ACT may legally recognise animals' feelings RELATED STORY: Is it legal to break into a car to rescue a distressed dog? Pet owners who keep their dogs locked up and do not allow them to exercise for longer than one day could face a fine of up to $4,000 under sweeping changes that enshrine animal feelings into ACT law. Key points: ACT to recognise animals as "sentient beings" New laws include harsher fines for mistreatment Pig dogging and steel-jaw traps banned Under the bill, confinement is judged on the dog's size, age and physical condition. And anyone found confining a dog for longer than 24 hours would have to provide two hours of exercise or pay the fine. Under the proposed laws the ACT would become the first jurisdiction in the country to recognise animals as "sentient beings" — the idea that animals are able to feel and perceive the world. The concept recognises that "animals have intrinsic value and deserve to be treated with compassion" and "people have a duty to care for the physical and mental welfare of animals". "The science tells us that animals are sentient," ACT City Services Minister Chris Steel said. "I know with my dog he gets very excited when we're about to go on a run. The animal welfare amendments, to be introduced into the ACT Legislative Assembly this week, would establish a suite of additional offences, including hitting or kicking an animal, abandonment, and confinement in a car that is likely to cause the animal injury, stress or death. A person would be allowed to legally break into a car to protect an animal from serious injury or death, if they acted honestly and there were no other reasonable options like calling the police. Having an animal in a moving vehicle without proper restraint would also be punishable by up to one year in prison or a $16,000 fine or both. PHOTO: ACT City Services Minister Chris Steel says research has shown animals are sentient. (ABC News: Tahlia Roy) The new laws would also create specific offences for failing to provide appropriate food, shelter, water, hygienic living, grooming and medical treatment to an animal. For example, an owner could be prosecuted if their pet suffered an eye infection due to hair growing into its eyes, was impaired due to unclipped nails or had irritated skin due to fleas. The bill also doubles penalties for cruelty to an animal to up to two years' imprisonment or a $32,000 fine or both, and increases punishments for aggravated cruelty to three years behind bars or a fine of $48,000 or both. Fines would also apply for injuring animals and not reporting it — such as a car hitting an animal, including kangaroos. New protections for guide dogs, assistance animals For the first time in the ACT, guide dogs and other assistance animals would need to be accredited and listed on a register. It would become an offence to prevent a person with an assistance animal entering a public place, remove an assistance animal or impose a charge for the animal — with a fine of up to $8,000 for an individual or $40,500 for a business. And anyone caught pretending that an animal was an assistance animal would face a fine of up to $3,200. What to do when you see a dog in a hot car Is breaking into a car the best option to rescue a dog on a hot day? Pig dogging — using dogs to hunt wild pigs — would also be banned under the laws. "Dogs will still be allowed to go out hunting with a person but we're specifically looking at banning practices like pig dogging," Mr Steel said. Steel-jaw traps, which have metal jaws that close against each other when an animal enters it, have been banned in other Australian states and would also not be permitted in the ACT. Penalties would also apply for any trapping of animals without a permit. Animal sentience could have broader implications The ACT adheres to the national code of practice in culling animals, including in kangaroo culling, which is supported by the RSPCA. Veterinarian Dr David Rizkalla, from the Gables Veterinary Group, said the recognition of sentience was a good place to start enforcing animal rights. "It's more about protecting animals from people who can harm them, than giving animals better opportunities," he said. But he said it was important to clearly define which animals were recognised as sentient. "It could get in the way of the economy," he said. "I think it has to be quite clear if you introduce that sort of thing to large animals, like cows. "Farmers spend money on the animal if it gets them more money, it's a profit thing, it's not a sentimental value, it's an economic value."
  4. Saturday Senior

    It looks as if this boy is safe as he has left the pound hopefully adopted or to rescue.
  5. Saturday Senior

    Click on photo to follow the link. Another old fellow at DAS. He has been there for about a month so may be running out of time.
  6. Foster Dogs

    KTB this thread always lifts my spirits which are often sagging. Your dogs are so loved and your photos so beautiful and lifelike that I can see the expression in the dogs' eyes and I want to reach out and pat them. You are an inspiration and you make the world and DOL a better place. Thanks for sharing and a happy new year to you and your entire household.
  7. RSPCA at it Again...

    Hmm!! Interesting reading
  8. Seizures: at what point do you start to medicate

    Thank you so much Gallomph. That is exactly what I wanted to know. I don't have a syringe but I will go to the chemist tomorrow. She is sleeping at the moment.
  9. Seizures: at what point do you start to medicate

    I don't really know where to put this and I hope KTB won't mind but my girl has just had another seizure which lasted for at least five minutes. Is it true that seizures lasting that long cause brain damage? Also my vet gave me some valium and I am supposed to put it up her bottom if she has a seizure. How would I do this? Just with my finger inside a latex glove. My vet has closed down for Christmas and I am feeling quite alone with this. I had my dog there on Thursday for something else and I never thought she might just be brewing another seizure.
  10. RSPCA in the news

    Okay I will start the ball rolling I thought that each state had its own regulations based on based on state laws. For example NSW has Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) https://www.rspcansw.org.au/what-we-do/animal-welfare/prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals-act-1979/ and the ACT has the Animal Welfare Act 1992 https://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/1992-45/ I think the other states also have their own legislation. I also thought that within a state each RSPCA had different guidelines on how they interpreted their state's legislation but I may be wrong. I live in the ACT and I am quite happy with what the RSPCA ACT does to protect animals from cruelty and abuse and I regularly make donations. It seems to me to be unfair to tar them all with the same brush if you are unhappy with your local one because they are all different.
  11. Seizures: at what point do you start to medicate

    Deleted because as usual I have totally failed to answer your question. Happy Christmas everyone.
  12. Thanks for the offer. It is very kind. I bought some BH grain free with chicken yesterday and it will do. She has had it before with no ill effects. The man in the pet shop seemed to think that the BH with salmon would be back in the future so I am not so worried. Initially it was just the last straw in a bad week but I have calmed down now.
  13. Thanks Anna but she can't eat roo. It gives her diarrhoea. I have found chicken or fish the safest for her. I have rung my vet and am waiting for a reply. Last week she had three seizures on the one day and she also vomited with them. Maybe it was the food but she often vomits when she has seizures.
  14. After a lot of trial and error this is what I feed my allergic dog and it seems to be the only dry food that she can eat without scratching herself until she bleeds. Now I don't know what to do.
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