11 May 2011

Dog ban overturned in Manly

AUSTRALIA - The ban on dogs using the steps up to Federation Point has been overturned at a Manly Council meeting on Monday night, The Manly Daily reported.

The new regulation was one of several measures put in place in order to protect the little penguins' breeding area at Federation Point. It caused intense debate in Manly, with local dog owners saying that there had been no community consultation before the regulations were introduced.

The Manly Daily reported that Manly's penguin wardens had wanted dogs banned from the steps, which are near the birds’ breeding area at Federation Point, because the dogs' presence could scare the birds. The wardens said the penguins would smell dogs and this would change their behaviour, possibly even stop them from coming ashore.

Read previous posts:

Victory for dog owners: ban overturned by Peter Bodkin, 10 May 2011, The Manly Daily
Dog owners v wardens, round two by Peter Bodkin, 6 May 2011, The Manly Daily

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