Sunday, April 24, 2005

Another European Law We Need

Given the love affair that U.S. liberal judges have with European law (ie. Justice Ginsburg) maybe they should look at this fun law.

ROME (Reuters) - Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to 500 euros ($650) if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.

People will also be banned from dyeing their pets' fur or "any form of animal mutilation" for merely aesthetic motives such as docking dogs' tails, under the law about to be passed in the northern Italian city.

"In Turin it will be illegal to turn one's dog into a ridiculous fluffy toy," the city's La Stampa daily reported.

Italians can already be fined up to 10,000 euros and spend a year in prison if found guilty of torturing or abandoning their pets, but Turin's new rules go into much greater detail.

Dogs may be led for walks by people on bicycles, the rules say, "but not in a way that would tire the animal too much."

Ok, I think lopping your dog's tail off just "cause it looks kewl" is rather mean. However, you can't walk your dog if it tires the animal too much. Better not run with your dog, he might get tired. I wonder if there are provisions for drinking out of the toilet and three square meals from the garbage can a day?