Jamie has moved a Bill in Parliament amending the Companion Animals Act in NSW to allow dogs indoors in pubs, subject to the permission of the proprietor.
Mr Parker said:
“Dog-friendly pubs are a key ingredient of the charm and unique atmosphere of some of our pubs here in Sydney’s Inner West and in many other places in NSW too.
The ability to bring a well behaved dog into their establishment is a key driver of custom for many pubs and hotels.
We believe that there’s a strong argument for changing these restrictive laws to allow pub proprietors to have the right to welcome dogs into their establishments, as they can in the UK and parts of Europe.
Australia is regarded as one of the strictest nations when it comes to accessibility for companion animals.
Dog-owners in many European countries are free to take their pets inside shops, cafes, restaurants and onto public transport.
Studies have shown that having dogs in areas where food or drinks are served poses no risk to human health.
Pub owners should be able to decide for themselves whether allowing dogs in is right for their establishment and their customers. Some businesses may have a “no pets” policy; others may welcome well behaved dogs in public areas.
We don’t need government legislation on this, especially when dogs are already allowed into outdoor areas at the proprietors’ discretion.
In our local Inner West area and in many country regions, dogs are part of the community and accompany their owners everywhere.
Since starting my investigation in March this year, I’ve received hundreds of responses and the vast majority of people are in favour of letting pubs decide if dogs can come in.
In metropolitan areas like Sydney where people work long hours, they often don’t get the chance to walk their dogs daily. Being able to bring dogs into the local pub would enhance the quality of life not only for dog owners, but for dogs too.”
Background information: http://www.jamieparker.org/dogs_indoors_in_pubs