A proposed amendment to Germany’s animal welfare ordinance would require that dog owners walk their dogs twice a day for a total of one hour.

Food and agriculture minister, Julia Klöeckner, will be introducing this ordinance next year because, as she noted, “Pets are not cuddly toys, their needs have to be considered,” adding that the animals must get sufficient exercise and not be left alone for the whole day.”

She also wants to ensure that dogs have “contact with environmental stimuli,” that can include with other animals, nature and people. The rules were based on new scientific findings that demonstrate dogs need a lot more exercise and stimulation than they are receiving now.

According to the ministry the ordinance—called Hundeverordnung, or Dogs Act—would require that the country’s 9.4 million dogs be allowed “outside of a kennel at least twice a day for a…

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