INXS' Fortune and Pengilly: Pet Owners Need To Qualify
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INXS singer JD Fortune and guitarist/saxophonist Kirk Pengilly have some strong views on who should be able to own a pet.
“I reckon you should do a driving-style license and go through a rigorous frickin’ psychiatric everything to own an animal; same with a baby because there are so many irresponsible parents out there,” Pengilly tells Samaritanmag, serious about the pet license comment but knowing of course that a parental license is just wishful thinking.
Fortune, who has been an active spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) since 2005 and is “desperately” trying to promote a California-based animal rescue organization called Take Me Home, agrees that one should need to pass a license to own a pet. He feels only those not capable or compassionate enough to take care of an animal would raise a stink if this was made a law.
“I think right across the board, if you’re qualified and are going to get a license for a pet, then why worry about it because you’re going to get one anyway," Fortune says. "But right now, you just have to buy it and register it; you don’t have to qualify. There’s no standard. You can’t walk in and go ‘Gimme the dog; gimme the dog.’”
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