A bill was recently filed in Tallahassee that would prohibit non service animal pets from entering restaurants in the state, which of course includes our Orlando area (story HERE).
I don’t know about you, but a family pet to me, is often just that. Family.
Now, in what is already shaping up to be a crowded and contentious early state session next year ahead of elections, we’re focused on keep Chihuahuas out of cafes? Don’t we have more important things to worry about?
Let’s pretend for a moment that this legislation is not attempting to make our family’s lives more difficult at the expense of your Golden Retriever. While this legislation does not override existing ordinances, it does require the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to create a website and field complaints.
Now we’re talking about money and if you happen to be a cat person and indifferent to this post so far, then hopefully this will be a reason for you to oppose this bad bill.
A website means development. A website means people to run and maintain it’s operation. A website means more state employees handling complaints regarding a Pomeranian wandering through a Zaxby’s, rather than other the DBPR responsibilities that are far more important.
I’m talking about matters like Alcohol and Tobbaco, Real Estate, and Child Labor.
We must also look at the strain this will put on restaurant owners. It’s already a tough business, now we’re forcing more purchases like the signs that the legislation calls for, and making these small businesses even more vulnerable for litigation and fines.
All because there are people out there that don’t like Man’s Best Friend.
In the Pixar film “Up” a “Cone of Shame” (clip HERE), is a muzzle used to make the protagonist Dog feel bad about himself. Ultimately, it ends up on one of the bullies that put it on him (that clip HERE).
That’s what needs to happen to this bill. It needs to make everyone that supports it feel bad about the problems they would be forcing on dog lovers and small business owners.
There is no reason for the legislature to waste any time on it next session.