THE DAN­GER­OUS DOGS ACT IS UN­JUST

With ‘dan­ger­ous dogs’ fre­quently get­ting a bad rap, TRASH BOAT leader (and ca­nine lover) TOBI DUN­CAN says we should blame un­safe own­ers…

Kerrang! (UK) - - Talking Loud -

“Ithink there is no such thing as a dan­ger­ous breed of dog. I’ve met pit bulls that have been ab­so­lute sweet­hearts and it’s be­cause they have been raised and trained well. Ob­vi­ously there are dogs that have ten­den­cies to­wards ag­gres­sion be­cause they’re stronger breeds, but putting in leg­is­la­tion to force them to wear muz­zles, be­fore they put in leg­is­la­tion that re­quires peo­ple to have train­ing in or­der to own cer­tain breeds is crazy. Per­haps that wouldn’t be too prag­matic, but that seems bet­ter than lit­er­ally mak­ing the breed il­le­gal.

“Breed-spe­cific laws are strange. All fuck­ing dogs are bred to be dan­ger­ous. That’s why we do­mes­ti­cated them, so they could look after us and be ag­gres­sive on our be­half. If some­one has got a dan­ger­ous breed or a non-dan­ger­ous breed, if they’ve raised it badly and the dog then be­haves badly, it doesn’t mat­ter the breed or the law. It just seems ridicu­lous to me. They’ve had a sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion in Canada re­cently as well, de­spite there be­ing zero ev­i­dence to prove that dog at­tacks on hu­mans are re­duced by this ban. What is proven is that dogs are need­lessly put down, har­nessed and muz­zled. Own­ers live in fear of [dog] seizure, eu­thani­sa­tion and then an­i­mos­ity among neigh­bours. It cre­ates mis­un­der­stand­ing and ig­no­rance and it’s not the dog’s fault.

“Dogs are in­cred­i­ble. They have been in­te­gral to our sur­vival since cave­man times. We have ser­vice dogs for the blind and dis­abled, and what a gift that is. That dog is giv­ing its whole life for a per­son and does it with a wag and a smile. I think peo­ple should recog­nise their ca­pac­ity for benev­o­lence and their po­ten­tial for pu­rity as crea­tures.

“In terms of not con­tribut­ing to the greater prob­lem, be a re­spon­si­ble owner. Watch a bunch of [the Dog Whis­perer] Ce­sar Mil­lan! Go to some puppy train­ing cour­ses! Don’t just own a dog, be the ab­so­lute whis­perer be­cause that’s the only way dan­ger­ous breeds look good. We do­mes­ti­cated them, so it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity that they are not ag­gres­sive. That is our job.”

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“PEO­PLE SHOULD RECOG­NISE DOGS’ CA­PAC­ITY FOR BENEV­O­LENCE…” TOBI DUN­CAN

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