Kennels in apartments should be banned, and dogs should be allowed into shops. All the same, animals should be walked in a muzzle, and the Hermitage cats should be left alone. These ideas will soon be widely discussed with specialists and the public in St. Petersburg, where deputies are preparing to develop a law on keeping pets. Deputy of the Legislative Assembly Denys Chetyrbok told about this to “Parliamentskaya Gazeta”. The State Duma approved the ideas, noting that some of them are even ahead of federal legislation.
“It is impossible to take and regulate everything related to the maintenance of pets at one time. This will be a big job with the involvement of public figures, animal rights activists and the executive branch,” said Denis Chetyrbok, deputy of the Legislative Assembly.
One of the first issues will be a ban on the actual placement of nurseries in residential buildings. According to Chetyrbok, many citizens complain that people in small apartments are breeding animals for sale. “There may be 40, 60 individuals there. Something needs to be done about this,” the St. Petersburg parliamentarian believes.
According to him, there are many problems with kennels, including cynological ones: “Breeders are engaged in thoughtless crossing, so there is no question of the breed. The main thing is to have more puppies that could be sold out quickly. And those who are not sold out are thrown out the door, replenishing the flocks of the homeless.
• How many cats and dogs can be kept in a St. Petersburg apartment
Walking on the withers
The second area in which Chetyrbok works is walking dogs in muzzles and with leashes. According to the parliamentarian, a clearer order is needed, which is based not only on the provision on the height of the animal at 40 centimeters at the withers. Perhaps breeds need to be considered. And start from what areas the dogs live in, because in the city center, for example, there is no way to organize walking areas. There, animals must be muzzled and on leashes, and the owner must clean up after them. And if there is a fenced area, then you can walk and practice without a leash and a muzzle.
Vladimir Burmatov believes that there is no need to narrow down the categories too much: “According to the law, owners are required to control their animal. Well, what can be a muzzle for a small dog? Collar – yes, of course, there should be. Either the dog must be on hand or in a carrier. This is due, among other things, to the safety of the animal itself,” Burmatov believes. According to him, a muzzle is a controversial thing, if we are not talking about a large dog. He also recalled that at the federal level they are preparing to establish large fines of up to 200 thousand rubles for animal bites of a person: “If you don’t want to be fined, of course, put a muzzle on the dog.”
Friend with you
Vladimir Burmatov fully agrees: “My opinion is that everything should be opened. People do not want to part with their animals in different situations, they want to be with them. And we can’t go anywhere with pets. There are resort regions where animals cannot be brought into hotels, shops, beaches, or cinemas. Comes to the point of absurdity. For example, people bought business class tickets for a five-hour flight, paid for a ticket for a dog. And in the business hall, they were required to put the animal in a carrier for three hours, ”the parliamentarian was indignant. At the same time, Vladimir Burmatov said that, for example, in St. Petersburg, he met the hospitality of catering owners who organized the opportunity to visit their establishments with a pet: “There are a number of cafes where they will offer you some water, treat you to delicious animals and there are no conflicts with other visitors. So it’s a matter of setting rules, including based on the size of the animal.”
Hermitage cats outlawed
But the city legislators will not regulate the habitation of pets in non-residential premises. For example, the cats of the Hermitage will be bypassed. According to Chetyrbok, the stay of animals in enterprises and institutions should be regulated by the rules of the organization itself. Including taking into account the norms of SanPiN. And Rospotrebnadzor can control this.