On the weekend, Diesel was inspired by the recent UN Women campaign to run a Google search on what "dogs should" and was a little shocked at some of the results that came up.
Poo Power! has many facets. In addition to the education of biogas generation and waterway health, the positive benefits that dogs have in our community is another.
Dogs are Australia's most popular pet. The recently published 'Dog Ownership in Australia 2013' by the Animal Health Alliance state that 39% of households own a dog, estimating the dog population to 4.2 million in Australia; 19 dogs for every 100 people. You will noticed that this is an increase from the previously stated information on our website.
Companionship is the driving reason behind this. We connect to our pets as members of the family but when we take our dogs for a walk we connect to the greater community and also to the surrounding environment. So the often quoted personal health benefits are complemented by the capacity for dogs to act as social enablers - 50% of dog owners met people in their neighbourhood as a result of their pet; in addition 80% of dog owners talked to others when out walking their dogs (Wood, 2009).
This can have a ripple effect onto non-dog owners and the broader community, and has practical implications for the way in which dogs are both accommodated and valued in society. Australians need to understand these considerations and avoiding the issue of dogs and their waste through curtailing dog population growth is not recommended (as seen by the above image) as it will undermine economic investment in the industry, erode social capital and reduce social well-being.
As park spaces are used for multiple purposes - with or without dogs - Poo Power! continues to work towards a solution that acceptable to dog owners and all users of public spaces. So, we're still pushing ahead for a Summer launch, but if you've been following us on Twitter or Facebook you would know that the newly introduced EPA Victoria 'Energy from Waste' guidelines (No. 1549) have added an extra hurdle for finding a home for Poo Power!
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