As a writer, I cannot tell you how often I had to grit my teeth and write something like “The dog was handed over when the new life situation of his person did not allow animals”. It breaks my heart that someone has to choose between living and keeping their furry family member.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one who feels that way. A new bill proposed in the UK would ensure that tenants no longer have to part with their best friends when moving. Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, who heads the prosecution, said:
“Moving to a new home is a normal part of life, but what if each time you move, you run the risk of being separated from someone you loved? Can a house or apartment ever truly be a home if you’ve been forced to leave a family member just to move in? “
The calculation, he argues, is necessary, just as a dog is an essential member of a family.
“Unfortunately, pet owners moving to rental homes are facing the reality that their families could be torn apart because most landlords have unnecessary pet ownership bans.”
Rosindell herself has two Staffordshire Bull Terriers: Spike and Buster.
“I also know how tight the bonds can be between a dog and an owner, and how devastating it is to lose them.”
About the bill about dogs and pets
The bill is named “Jasmine’s Law”. from a Weimaraner that belonged to the Adams family from Surrey. The puppy was not allowed to live with them in a rented house.
Officially, the bill goes through “The dogs and pets (shelter and shelter) bill.”
“The no-pet clause means that someone cannot have a dog for a short period of time for fear of being accused or losing their home. This discrimination must stop now. “
You can read or listen to Rosindell’s speech on the bill here.
Support and criticism of the bill
In general, animal welfare groups and charities support the action. This important issue deserves treatment, according to Clare Kivlehan of Dogs Trust.
“One of the main reasons dogs are turned over to us is because they have trouble finding accommodation that can accommodate pets.”
First and foremost, owners fear that letting all types of animals in rented premises can cause costly damage. Landlord Fred Cowler said:
“If required by law, I want to guarantee that damage and additional costs will and could be borne by the tenant.”
However, Rosindell told landlords that the bill wouldn’t necessarily mean renters have an “unconditional right” to have pets in their properties. Obviously, anyone wanting to have a pet must first pass a responsible possession test. This includes a checklist that must be met; Things like vaccinations, microchips, and responding to basic commands.
Rosindell told the National Residential Landlords Association:
“The bill will include measures to ensure that pets are suitable for the type of accommodation.”
A second reading will take place on January 29, but so far there has been bipartisan support for the bill. If successful, the UK will follow the example of Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland.
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