GERMANY - Law Says You Must Walk Your Dog Twice a Day

Arno Froese

Germany’s dog owners will soon to be ordered by law to walk their pets twice a day.

The country’s agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, has said she is introducing the new law based on evidence that many of the nation’s 9.4 million dogs are not getting the exercise or stimuli they need.

Under the new regulations in the Hundeverordnung, or Dogs Act, owners will not get away with a quick jog round the block, but will be required to take their dogs out for at least one hour in total.

Dogs may not be left alone at home all day, and a person will be required to take care of their dog “several times a day.”

News of the law, which is due to be introduced next year and was made widely known for the first time, has prompted a lively debate in Germany.

The main question is how it will be possible to check up on the 19% of German households that own dogs, which as pets are second in popularity only to cats., 19 August 2020

Arno's commentary

The last question, “…how it will be possible to check up on the 19% of German households that own dogs?” could easily be answered with the placement of a chip, which records the time and distance walked. Failure to do so would draw a fine, and that directly from the person’s bank account. 

Money is not a question, since German dog owners pay taxes of between 24 to 100 euros ($28-$119) per year, depending on what type of dog they own. 

The welfare of a dog is apparently very important to Julia Klöckner, the agricultural minister.

We ask, is human life less important? And the answer is definitely yes. More than 100,000 abortions are registered each year. There is no agency, no human minister in government, which protests against the cold-hearted killing of the unborn. 

To Jeremiah the prophet, God said: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Paul writes in Galatians 1:15: “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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