Tasmanian councils have found that they can ignore their barking control duties with impunity because there's no mandatory requirement upon them to comply with the barking control sections of the Dog Control Act 2000. They take the easy way out despite their legal obligation under the Local Government Act to keep order in their area. They have their reasons for leaving bark-afflicted victims to suffer indefinitely and these include the time and costs of securing evidence sufficient to withstand any challenge in court. Surprising as it seems, gathering firm, reliable evidence can sometimes be quite difficult. Another factor is that council staff are untrained in legal procedures. Those councils that have prosecuted offenders with what they thought was a cast-iron case have found to their great regret that the magistrate not only tossed their case out but rebuked their ignorant stupidity as well. One bite of that poisoned cherry is enough to convince most councils never to bite one again. This leaves distressed persons with no lawful relief from the invasive din of chronic, health- destroying barking, and many have no alternative but to relocate. But to what? A repeat? Keeping dogs confined to backyards under conditions which amount to unnatural incarceration is actually a selfishly inflicted cruelty to an animal congenitally programmed to free-range. It seems to me that dog ownership is Tasmania's most popular mental disorder. This state has the nation's highest dog ownership per person. With neither owners, council nor the police exercising the increasingly necessary enforcement procedures, the whole situation is out of control everywhere. What's urgently required now is mandatory enforcement of a No Dogs Anywhere policy, and there's even an online petition of that name attracting supportive comments from those who've finally, if somewhat regretfully, come to that inevitable conclusion. It's the only sure way to Peace and Quiet and Safety.