Bangkok Post

Parents are useless


Recently I was at Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai watching tourists feeding the pigeons. Suddenly, I saw a little boy chasing the pigeons and trying to kick them. If one of his kicks had landed it could have seriously harmed a bird. Yet his parents were standing a few feet away smiling and doing nothing to stop him.

On another occasion I saw two small boys chase a three-legged dog into the street and the dog almost got hit by a vehicle. It made me wonder how many dog attacks against children are provoked.

But I’m not blaming the children. I’m blaming the parents. Shouldn’t teaching children to respect animals be an important part of bringing up a child to become a kind and decent adult?


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