While some are food for thought, others may appear… perspawsterous. From outlawing Goldfish bowls to banning barking for over fifteen minutes, read on for eight interesting international pet laws that you never knew existed!
Rome, Italy: Goldfish Bowls Are Illegal
While it may be a common sight in Singapore, goldfish bowls are illegal in Rome, Italy. The law was passed in 2005, where goldfish bowls were deemed cruel by animal rights activists. Additionally, fish were also banned from being given away as fairground prizes.
Massachusetts, USA: It’s Illegal to Frighten Pigeons
Travelling to Boston over the holidays? You may wish to acquaint yourself with this one. A law that dates back to the 16th Century, violators can expect to face a fine or imprisonment. So remember to only save the pigeon-shooing for the hawker centres and occasional alfresco seating at McDonald’s.
Internationial Falls, Minnesota: Cats Are Forbidden From Chasing Dogs Up Telephone Poles
Though we are not exactly sure how this law came about, this is probably for the good of all dogs. Interestingly, the reverse is not illegal; dogs are allowed to chase cats up telephone poles.
Sweden: Dog Boarding Houses Must to Be Equipped with Windows
In Sweden, dogs in boarding houses have to be able to see out of a sunny window. We do recognize the importance of this law, as it is important for canines to get a dose of Vitamin D. Aside from a sunny window, it is also recommended for pet hotels to bring their furry guests outdoors to have some fun in the sun.
Turin, Italy: Dog Have to Be Walked Thrice a Day
Also passed in 2005, this law dictates for all dog owners to walk their pets for at least three times a day. To enforce this rule, the police has been said to rely on the help of public informers to spot potential animal abusive behaviour. So better get a leash from the online pet store and start walking!
North Brook, Illinois: Dogs Are Not Allowed to Bark for More Than 15 Minutes
Neighbours of dog owners are sure to appreciate this one. Just think, no more hour long howling sessions nor sporadic barking throughout the night. However, if your pet is really barking for extended periods of time, do consider paying your local vet a visit.
Berea, Ohio: Animals Are Required to Wear a Taillight After Dark
Source: Woof Whiskers
While probably in the best interest of drivers and farm and domestic animals, this law may a challenging one to abide by. It does however, paint an adorable picture in our heads – can you imagine a cat with a taillight?
Galesburg, Illinois: Owning a Dog That Smells Is Prohibited
Whether your canine has been frolicking in the mud or is long overdue for a bath, a smelly dog is strictly banned in Galesburg, Illinois. As such, we’re pretty sure the mobile dog grooming business is booming in this Illinois town.