Dog­fight tips

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

naivety into us­ing drugs. This is noth­ing short of Na­tional gov­ern­ment cal­lous­ness – they should be help­ing this sec­tion of the community with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion so that they can be­come gain­fully em­ployed.

Should some ben­e­fi­cia­ries lose a job ap­pli­ca­tion if they fail a drug test, the Na­tional gov­ern­ment will deny them the ben­e­fit that keeps food in their tum­mies and a roof over their heads, which is ev­ery­one’s hu­man right. Into the bar­gain this gov­ern­ment un­der the MSD (WINZ) wants the ben­e­fi­ciary to pay out of their mea­gre ben­e­fit for a failed drug test. This is cruel and in­hu­man.

A lot of ben­e­fi­cia­ries gave the Na­tional gov­ern­ment the vote at the last elec­tion, hop­ing to have that ‘‘great fu­ture’’ that party ad­ver­tised. Now, the gov­ern­ment is treat­ing them with con­tempt and de­ri­sion.

In my opin­ion, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries who have a drug prob­lem need help not puni­tive mea­sures against them. It is the state’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to care for its cit­i­zens, not kick them when they are down, or treat them as less than hu­man. D. Jen­nings

Toko­roa The lat­est and worst dog­fight I have wit­nessed in­volved two golden re­triev­ers – a lovely friendly breed – and a third one that tried hard to join in. I and two other adults took just un­der an hour to sep­a­rate the dogs and get them back in their runs. At the end of it we were cov­ered in blood and sick with ex­haus­tion and the two main pro­tag­o­nists were badly bit­ten. Some observations: Golden re­triev­ers will kill rab­bits. No sur­prise there. Any dogs will.

Peo­ple do not have to in­ter­vene to break up dog fights un­less they choose to do so. Left alone dogs will fight un­til one sub­mits and then stop. If peo­ple do in­ter­vene they will find the dogs are fix­ated on each other and will not even notice peo­ple pulling on their legs, tails or what­ever. Un­less the peo­ple do some­thing pos­i­tively stupid like put their limbs be­tween the dogs’ faces they will not be bit­ten.

Peo­ple are not there­fore en­dan­gered by dogs that will kill rab­bits given the chance or get in­volved in fights in cir­cum­stances we know noth­ing about. A hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars will buy a lot of pub­lic safety ed­u­ca­tion, play­ground

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