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Portuguese Parliament approved - pets are allowed in restaurants and other commercial establishments

The new law is coming into force in May

  • February 24, 2018 14:00
  • Author Olya Georgieva
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The Portuguese Parliament has approved a new law permitting pets to accompany their owners into commercial establishments, including shops and restaurants, that are properly-identified as being pet-friendly. The law, sponsored by the People-Animal-Nature (PAN) party and supported by the Green party and the Socialist party, does not specify which pets are allowed. Similar animal rights legislation is already in force in most European Union countries. The concept is that animals are not to be treated as ‘things’ and must have their own distinct legal status. 

There are, of course, number of rules that should have be followed when it comes to going with your pet in a restaurant or other commercial establishment. It is coming with the made it clear that pets are not to be allowed access to “staff only” areas nor anywhere food preparation areas. The dogs must be kept on a short leash and not left to roam at will. Owners of pet-friendly spaces are permitted to limit the numbers of pets allowed in the premises with the option to provide specific reserved areas where pets can move freely. 

Source: The Portugal News Online

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