Smoking to be banned in pet owners' homes
As part of the review of legislation concerning dogs, a new proposal has been released with the intention of banning smoking in pet owners’ homes. A spokesperson for DEFRA is quoted as saying “Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, if a pet owner knowingly exposes a pet to a risk of disease, they are committing an offence. Smoking in the presence of a pet will inevitably expose the animal to known irritants and carcinogens, which are likely to cause both disease and suffering to the animal.”
Local authority and RSPCA officers have already been instructed to investigate possible instances of smoking in pet owners’ homes. If smoking is proven to have taken place, the pet owner will be given two options: surrender of the animal into local authority care, or confiscation of all smoking materials.As with the other 'joke' story I mentioned earlier, this isn't a new area for the righteous.
It first raised its pug-nosed head in 2002 and, a couple of weeks ago, at least one state-funded smokefree quango was still dribbling on about it.
Andrea Crossfield**, director of Smokefree North West, said: “Our pets are part of the family and they have as much right to be protected from second-hand smoke as our children and loved ones.Besides, a ban on smoking in private homes is already on the cards, and is almost certain to swiftly follow
“Our evidence suggests that many smokers aren’t aware of the damage that smoking around pets can have.
“If animals could talk, they would probably be asking their owners to go outside to have a cigarette.”
It's not really funny if it could (or even will) happen, is it?
** You may remember nasal whiner Andrea Crossfield from Radio 5's coverage of the RCP report on smoking in cars.