Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside

The proposed legislation would impose a curfew on cats, only allowing the animals outside between sunset and sunrise, or they might have to be kept indoors at all times.
Dogs apparently aren't man's best friend in Australia. Perth, in Western Australia, is looking to introduce a new law which, if approved, would have dogs seized from their owners if the animal barks too loudly. Furthermore, the proposed legislation also suggests that cats be banned from going outside. The state government is reportedly considering these radical new laws after the number of stray and feral cats increased, and seeing a spike in complaints about dogs barking. While the authorities are reviewing current legislation, there is also a call for higher penalties for owners of dogs who attack other humans or animals.
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside
As per a report by Mirror, if the proposed changes to the Cat Act are approved, the animals could be barred from going outside at night or maybe even ordered to be kept indoors at all times. While this sounds like an extreme step, according to Evening Standard, cat welfare activists claim it would actually be beneficial to the animals. Speaking to 9 News, Roz Robinson, who runs cat welfare organization Cat Haven said, "We believe in responsible cat ownership, which is containment to your property or an enclosure inside your house. For their health it’s much better - they live a longer, happier life."
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside

Meanwhile, the WA Rangers Association (WARA) is also calling for higher penalties to be imposed on pet owners whose dogs attack others. Under the current law which was put in place in 2013, owners of dogs which attack people or other animals can be given a maximum fine of $10,000 or sentenced to 12 months in jail for more grave incidents. However, a paper reviewing the proposed changes claims this might not be enough.
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside

The paper says the penalties "may not be high enough to make some people comply with their responsibilities of owning a dog". In addition to supporting the need for higher penalties, the WARA asked for clarity over restricted breeds, including pit bull crosses. The association president, Dene Lawrence said, "Greater enforcement powers to authorized officers and further amendments to dog barking offenses are also required."
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside

According to Perth Now, an analysis of people being treated for dog bites in Perth hospitals revealed that there were 25 such cases every week. Of these 25, over a quarter of the incidents were grave enough for the individual to be admitted in the hospital. Cases of pounds or rescue organizations rehoming animals without conducting a thorough check on their history have also been cited as a matter of concern as it leads to dogs previously declared dangerous to be readopted or placed in foster care.
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside

Robinson also stated that Cat Haven wanted the mandatory neutering age of cats to be reduced from six months to three months as the animals could reach sexual maturity as early as four months. The changes proposed to the current legislation also includes one allowing greyhounds to go muzzle free. As of now, greyhounds are required to wear a muzzle even if they have never raced before.
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside

However, Toni Donelly from Greyhound Adoptions WA claims the muzzle is often a factor which stops the breed from being adopted. "Some people don't like friends and neighbors seeing them with the muzzled dog. It can be an impediment," she said. Speaking about these radical changes being put forward, Local Government Minister David Templeman said, "The State Government is committed to ensuring this important legislation is up to date and fit for purpose in the control and management of cats and dogs in Western Australia."
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside

"From encouraging responsible pet ownership, keeping the community and other animals safe, reuniting lost pets with their owners to reducing the number of animals that are admitted to shelters and euthanized, the legislation impacts the whole community. We are now seeking community feedback to ensure that the operation and effectiveness of these laws meet community expectations. Local governments do a terrific job in administering the laws in their local communities and their feedback is also encouraged," Templeman added. The state is expected to give feedback on the new laws by August 4.
Australian Officials Propose Law Banning Dogs From Barking And Cats From Going Outside