Here is something you did not know. It is now illegal in Belgium to have sex with animals. This law was passed thanks to Magda De Meyer, Flemish Socialist MP. She pleaded for this law to be adopted after a man was acquitted for having sex with the dogs he looked after in the animal shelter where he worked. The judge could find no law under which a prosecution could be made.
Soon and also thanks to Magda De Meyer, pet shops will be banned from selling cats and dogs. Anyone wanting a dog will have to turn to breeders or to animal refuges.
I welcome these new restrictions. Dogs in shops have shady origins and are often kept in atrocious conditions. They are often diseased. Being kept in cages or confined spaces, being without human contact, being in a stressful environment during the crucial first three to 12 weeks of their lives leads to behavioural problems. Often they become aggressive towards humans or other dogs so much so that in the wrong hands they become real liabilities and they have to be put down. So if you want to buy a dog in Belgium, check out this website: http://www.srsh.be
The aim of the Société Royale Saint-Hubert, founded in 1822 is to improve the quality of dog breeding in Belgium. It issues about 25 000 pedigrees per year, keeps a vigilant eye on some 2500 amateur and professional breeders and authorises roughly 1000 canine events organised by 400 affiliated clubs.
I am the secretary and head of the obedience section at the RCCDISH, one of those affiliated clubs.