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People barking their protest at dog registration requirements probably shouldn’t own a pet



Would animal welfare improve if we considered pet ownership a privilege and not a right? Photo: Supplied.

It seems like every time the ACT Government shows leadership on animal welfare, it cues the moans of lazy Canberrans across the Territory, complaining about the supposed red tape burden of being the base level of responsible when it comes to pet ownership.

This time, the moans and groans are in response to the announcement of a new digital dog database which will require dog owners to check and update the registration details of their pet each year – at no additional cost and prompted by a reminder. It’ll be easier than registering a car, which most people seem to accept is a reasonable and important thing to have to do.


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