Posts Tagged ‘government’

Oppose Florida Bill HB 243 – A Trojan Horse to ban dogs from retail

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Florida is proposing a 2020 bill (HB 243) that Dog Lovers need to seriously take a look at and oppose.

While claiming to ban dogs from the “Inside” portions of restaurants – where dogs have been banned by law for many decades – this bill would not be needed for that. The current doggy dining laws opens up only outdoor areas of restaurants for dogs and only those where the dog doesn’t have to walk inside the restaurant to get to the outdoor section. So this new bill is entirely unnecessary regarding restaurants.

So why the bill? The wording (Places of Business’s are listed as well as restaurants) appears to go way beyond restaurants and include retail of all kinds. This includes malls – many Florida malls allow and are frequented by dogs that are carried or in carriers or on leash. Stores – such as Home Improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot and all other stores that dogs may be allowed into by the stores owners. Pet Stores may not even be able to allow dogs…

The bill also contains a requirement to set up a location where people can report any business violating this law… So that it will be easy for a single individual to file complaints where ever they see a dog.

This bill seems to be a Trojan Horse – using restaurants as its cover but targeting dogs everywhere. It has no purpose for restaurants – but would establish a ban on dogs in retail.

At the very least it is unnecessary. At the worst it is awful. It should go nowhere…

Text of Bill – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/243/BillText/Filed/PDF

Top 200 Places: Washington’s National Mall

Saturday, December 24th, 2011


National Mall
Independence Ave and 14th St.
Washington, D.C.

Dogs are permitted on the National Mall on leash. According to the National Park Service, they are permitted up to the monuments except in indoor or covered areas. The mall is two miles long and is an excellent place for dog walking downtown. You may get up-close views of the Capital, White House and most of the Monuments. Dogs are not permitted on the walkways at the Vietnam or Korean War Memorials or inside the Washington Monument.


Top 200 Places

DogFriendly.com, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at https://www.dogfriendly.com. Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at email@dogfriendly.com. You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

The blog entries can be found at https://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?cat=243, our Facebook page, or Twitter.