smh.com.au, Feb. 17
A South Australian independent MP says he will oppose a bill banning the eating of dogs and cats in the state, as it plays on racist fears.
Under legislation proposed by the state government, anyone caught eating a cat or a dog would be fined $1,250.
But independent MP Kris Hanna said there was no legitimate reason to outlaw such practices.
“Apart from the principles underlying vegetarianism, there does not appear to be any justification at all for this bill,” Mr Hanna said in a statement.
“The force behind it is racism, it plays upon unfounded fears about people from our own cultures who have different eating habits to our own.”
However, he said the bill would become law regardless of his views, as it had the support of the Liberal opposition.