New Brunswick — The Gallant government is making a motion to protect the innocent citizens of New Brunswick from the potential health hazards that can be passed on second-hand by the disgusting habits of uncaring pet owners.
Health Minister Victor Boudreau has introduced a bill that will ban dog-walking in any public place where people with allergies might be exposed to the potentially deadly allergens. The location list includes:
- On patios and similar outdoor facilities, and within 3 metres of these patios;
- Within 9 metres of doorways, windows and air intakes of enclosed places and indoor workplaces;
- On or within 20 metres of playgrounds, sports areas and other outdoor public places used by people;
- On or within 9 metres of a public walking or jogging trail;
- Within provincial parks, except in rented campsites, on golf courses and designated areas within the park;
- Wherever anyone who has an allergy might be, including one’s own home if they receive home mailing services;
- Dog parks.
The bill would also ban the walking of Labradoodles even though they’re hypoallergenic, in fear that it may encourage young children to one day get a dog of their own, which could potentially cause health problems for them and others at some point in the future.
The fine for violating the ban is $10,000 for an individual while a business could be fined $25,000 for allowing people to have dogs on their property.
Boudreau says not only will the restrictions limit people’s exposure to harmful dander but, “it will also teach people that they need to be responsible for the health and feelings of others.”
The Manatee spoke to several New Brunswickers who applauded the move. “Finally, I can breathe again!” championed Jim Freely of Fredericton. “I’ve been stuck in my house with allergies for years in fear that I might come across a Golden Lab or a German Shepherd on the sidewalk — I wouldn’t be able to breathe for weeks.”
Debra Holland of Saint John was also thrilled with the recent announcement. “At last, people might begin to understand the dangers of having a dog,” she said passionately. “Not only do they bite, but they make me all stuffed up and make my eyes and nose run uncontrollably — it’s super annoying.”
There are of course those who are opposed to the ban, like Becky Thomas of Hemlock. “I think I should be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want,” she expressed. “The government shouldn’t be allowed to make me stop doing something I like just because it’s dangerous to someone else.”
Boudreau insists that the ban is in the best interest of the people, declaring: “New Brunswick will be a trailblazer when it comes to the safety of its people and to its governing of people doing things that some other people might not like.”