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No more excuses for dangerous dogs
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has rightly pointed out that the critics of the Dog Control Act should be far more concerned about the lives of people than the animals that attack them. “The fact of the matter is, the empirical data that we have suggests that certain dogs have demonstrated propensity towards violent and vicious attacks against human beings. That is a problem we must treat with,” said Mr Ramlogan, in the wake of yet another deadly attack by a dangerous dog.
This determination on the part of AG Ramlogan does not, however, exonerate succeeding parliaments from the criticism of dragging their feet on such vital legislation. The dead and maimed from such attacks must number in the dozens over the past ten years. Part of the responsibility for this most recent savagery must be shared by those who have raised objection after objection and attempted to distract from the fact that these vicious dogs, whatever their breed, must be removed from human living spaces.
As the Attorney General said, the society must get its priorities in order: should we be finding excuses for the vicious dogs—or should the focus be on protecting citizens from their viciousness? One of the amazing things about owners and trainers of these dangerous dogs is their lack of concern about other people who are exposed to the danger of attack. Often the animal rights advocates hold forth on what they consider the innocence of the animals while being completely indifferent to the human beings endangered by them.
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