To­tally in­ef­fec­tive

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Back on June 6, 2017, your news­pa­per re­ported the Far North District Coun­cil were of­fer­ing free mi­cro-chip­ping of dogs in Kaikohe as part of a $15,000 tax­payer-funded pro­gramme to en­cour­age re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship in light of 525 call-outs for dog in­ci­dents in Kaikohe over the pre­vi­ous 12 months (That’s 10 ev­ery week.)

In that same edi­tion of June, you re­ported a vi­cious dog at­tack in Kawakawa.

On June 8, 2017, you pub­lished a let­ter wherein the writer il­lu­mi­nated the fraud­u­lence of this po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing, and com­mented along the lines that it would be a form of insanity to be­lieve that mi­cro-chip­ping a dog would al­ter its be­hav­iour.

The writer also in­di­cated his doubt that Mon­grel Mob­sters and Black Power mem­bers would rush to Me­mo­rial Park in Kaikohe to get their un­reg­is­tered dogs mi­crochipped, and to swear to be­come re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers.

In De­cem­ber just gone, you re­ported an­other at­tack in Kaikohe on the el­derly Jim Mor­gan and his beloved ca­nine com­pan­ion, as a re­sult of which the dog died. In your edi­tion of Jan­uary 8, you have re­ported two more at­tacks from re­cent days.

It is en­tirely in­sult­ing, of­fen­sive and dan­ger­ous for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and cen­tral gov­ern­ment to make, as they all con­tinue to do, virtue-sig­nalling and to­tally in­ef­fec­tive pre­tences of deal­ing with the wide­spread dan­ger of ag­gres­sive dogs.

The breeds of ag­gres­sive, dan­ger­ous dogs are well known and read­ily iden­ti­fied. Is it the cow­ardice of au­thor­i­ties’ per­son­nel in re­gard to con­fronting the dog own­ers that con­tin­ues to dis­able their ca­pac­ity to es­tab­lish ef­fec­tive con­trol/elim­i­na­tion mea­sures?

I won­der if New Con­ser­va­tive have a pol­icy for the elim­i­na­tion of ag­gres­sive dog breeds. LEO LEITCH Ben­ney­dale

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