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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 November 2015
NEWS 20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Victorian dog laws to be reviewed Threefold rise in hospital admissions from attacks indicates the state’s animal management system is flawed Seven people arrive at Victorian hospitals with dog bite injuries on a daily basis - a percentage that had increased by 48 per cent since 2002. The story of four-year-old Alivia Dowling, a Melbourne girl who got bitten in the face by a staffy, comes only days after two pit-bulls attacked and killed two pets in addition to seriously injuring a person in Canberra. The Dowling family have spoken in support of a parliamentary review of dangerous dog laws, as the girl has suffered serious facial injuries from underneath her eyes to her hairline. As of Tuesday, the Victorian Legislative Council inquiry has resumed, examining the effectiveness of Victoria's restricted breed laws. Five breeds of dogs, includ- Alivia Dowling was attacked by a staffy cross and was bitten on the face on Sunday in Melbourne’s East. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM 9NEWS. ing pit bulls, are currently restricted in Victoria and the inquiry will review the laws based on the number of attacks. It is worth mentioning that most dog bite victims were under the age of four. The Responsible Pet Ownership program, however, supports that education for dog owners would be more effective than expanding the breeding restrictions to more dogs. Brad Griggs of Canine Services International has slammed the state's Legislative Council inquiry into restricted dog breeds. "The problem with Victoria's laws - which define certain breeds as dangerous and allow councils to seize specific breeds if they have been bought after September 30, 2011 - is they conflated breed with type," he said, stressing that "we need to separate breed versus type, behaviour versus appearance". "A type is a physical appearance, while a breed acknowledges the blood line of animals and it has a genetic basis; a dog's behaviour cannot be predicted based on its appearance or genetics alone," Mr Griggs explained. Meanwhile, two million primary school and kindergarten students across Victoria have now been educated in dog safety and what it means to be a responsible pet owner thanks to a landmark Victorian government program. Since 2000, the program has made 14,266 school visits and 18,207 kindergarten visits, and has educated over two million children in responsible pet ownership Hellenic Heart kick-starts its Greece donations Melbourne-based foundation sends 469 boxes to Greek families ahead of Christmas Fresh from its launch earlier this year, the Hellenic Heart foundation has shipped 469 boxes containing 11,535 units to Greece in an effort to support struggling families through the economic woes faced by the country. The items included clothing, toys, baby feeding equipment, sanitary items, blankets, linen and stationery. Owner Rea Liapis said she is overwhelmed by the response Hellenic Heart has received since getting off the ground and is reaching out to Melbourne's Greek community to assist those facing hardship ahead of the Christmas period here, with some items left over from those sent to Greece. "I would love to create care packages for local Greeks needing some help," she said. Hellenic Heart can be reached via its Facebook page. Most behaviour is determined by how the dog is raised, kept and managed, and new laws should be drafted on a sound understanding of canine behaviour and the risk factors for dog bite injuries. and safety around dogs by employing over 50 trained pet educators. The Responsible Pet Ownership program is funded through the Domestic Animals Trust throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and has recently been implemented by New South Wales and South Australia. "Thanks to this great program, two million Victorian children know what to do if they encounter a dog being aggressive and how to keep themselves and their families safe," Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said, adding that every child now has the opportunity to learn how to be safe around dogs. "For 15 years, the program has shared important dog safety messages in primary schools, kindergartens, maternal health centres and maternity hospitals in our community and throughout the state," Oakleigh MP Steve Dimopoulos added. In addition, the We Are Family component of the program educates expectant and new parents on the many advantages of allowing their child to experience the joys of having a pet in the family. We Are Family is free to all hospitals with antenatal programs and all maternal and child health centres. Source: AAP, 9News, www.vic.gov.au For the love of Byzantine hymnology Byzantine choir David the Psalmist saw Northcote's Holy Monastery Axion Esti come alive on Sunday, with a showcase of selected Byzantine hymns. The venue was at full capacity for the choir's fourth consecutive endof-year concert, which attracted both local parishioners and members of the wider Australia community. - Since 2003, the group, brought together by their shared love of chant, has grown and developed into an initiative committed to the preservation, maintenance and promotion of Byzantine hymnology. Members of the group are also offering chanting lessons to those interested, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. For more information, visit www.davidthepsalmist.com Members of the choir David the Psalmist showcase their love of Byzantine chant. The audience of church representatives, parishioners and members of the wider community was transfixed by the choir.
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