Target: Dale Graham, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Canada
Goal: Prohibit the common, neglectful practice of permanently tethering a dog outdoors
Many Canadian residents tether their dogs permanently, and there are currently no laws prohibiting pet owners from doing so. It is the responsibility of the Canadian government to impose restrictions on potentially abusive or neglectful situations involving animals, but they have yet to take action.
Dogs who are tethered outside their homes are not only subjected to a life of solitude, but also frequently suffer from exposure to extreme weather, dehydration or starvation. All dogs deserve to be in a loving home where they can run, play, and receive affection from their owners. It is cruel to deprive a dog of affection and even minimal mental stimulation due to the fact that they are chained or tied up alone for their entire lives. Further, the lack of physical exercise is detrimental to a dog’s health. Tethering a dog is inhumane and causes needless suffering and even death in severely neglectful cases.
Fortunately, changes have been proposed to existing regulations in New Brunswick. The proposed measure would prohibit tethering a dog outside between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., which at the very least, ensures dogs who are tethered during the day can move around freely at night and be protected from extreme heat or cold. Urge the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick to show compassion to dogs and approve the proposed changes.
Dear Hon. Graham,
It is extremely cruel to tether a dog permanently, a common practice throughout Canada. The Canadian government must take action to prohibit such neglectful behavior.
Tethered dogs are cruelly forced to suffer a lifetime of solitude with little to no mental stimulation. They must also endure exposure to extreme weather conditions, dehydration or even starvation. Depriving a dog of affection and the ability to run and play is cruel and unnecessary, and will likely have severe consequences on the poor creature’s health and mental state.
Legislation has been proposed in New Brunswick that would prohibit tethering a dog outside between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. This humane measure would require owners to allow their dog to roam freely inside at night, protecting them from extreme weather and providing the opportunity for vital physical exercise and mental stimulation. I urge you to support the compassionate legislation and ensure it is passed into law immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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