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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Thrown to the dogs over pit bulls
Before we descend deeper into the abyss of grief and ignorance that suck up our ability to reason in this country, let me point out this: our opinions, actions and laws must be based on some semblance of good sense. We must all feel that the laws that govern us are fair and unbiased. No one wants to feel there is justice for some, but not justice for all. Yet this is a feeling that prevails in this country. This is the feeling that I have every time that I consider the Dog Control Act. I am still shocked and appalled that we need a Dog Control Act to hold careless, cruel and clueless people responsible for dogs that injure or kill people. It seems to me that there should be existing laws that can somehow be applied to irresponsible dog owners who endanger us.
If we really do need the Dog Control Act, then it needs to be perceived as fair for all. I do not understand why there are people—including our Attorney General Anand Ramlogan—who continue to argue that the act should target specific dogs. That very notion of a dog-specific act symbolises the unspoken feeling that our laws only apply to certain people. As a society we climb a slippery slope on a daily basis. We avoid dealing with issues and problems; then react emotionally to situations after they get out of hand. We do this for everything from pit bull attacks to crime in general. We feign horror at the headlines, yet close the newspaper and blame the dogs until the next victim gets featured on the front page.
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