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Dogs in Cafes

By johnboy 6 May 2010 43

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There have been rumblings recently that the charming habit of taking dogs to sit in the outdoor areas of cafes and bars could be under threat.

So we asked ACT Health what that’s all about and got the following reply:

Dear Mr Griffiths

Thank you for your enquiry to ACT Health.

The laws concerning the presence of animals in food premises have not
changed. Under clause 24 of Standard 3.2.2 of the Australia New
Zealand Food Standards Code, animals other than assistance animals are
not permitted in dining and drinking areas and other areas used by
customers. These areas include a food premises and any associated
outdoor dining areas.

The Health Protection Service (HPS) of ACT Health has not changed its
approach to this issue, which is treated as any other food safety issue.
The HPS has not planned any “crack down on dogs in the outdoor areas of

Thank you again for your enquiry.



So it appears, given the widespread practice of people taking dogs to cafes which are happy to have them, that we have another bad law being widely ignored.


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James-T-Kirk 4:13 pm 02 Nov 10

Oh – While we are at it, can somebody answer the following question?

On one hand, ACT Health has declared that dogs in eating places is a Health hazard. What are they doing to protect us from ourselves when we have these dogs lying under the dining table as we eat>

How are they protecting us from the guide dogs, and assistance dogs when they are present at the cafes?

How does a dog earning a piece of paper saying it is trained alter it’s ability to carry THE BLACK PLAGUE….

Surely, it just seems like over protection of the masses by more sad and sorry bureaucrats with nothing better to do than listen to the average whinger!

James-T-Kirk 4:00 pm 02 Nov 10

fabforty said :

Leave your dogs at home people. I’m sure they prefer that then being tethered to a chair and expected to sit quietly.

You sound like a person who owns cats.

Cats despise humans – we exist simply to open the tin of food.

Dogs, on the other hand *love* to go places – and if they are well trained, will sit, quite happily while you enjoy your cuppa, then — Where do we go now????

For the record, I own both Cats and Dogs, and while I *love* the amusement that putting a cat on a lead and dragging its sorry ass to the shops, I actually enjoy taking my dogs for a walk.

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