Dog Whisperer leads protest

2012-09-30 13:45
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Washington - The man they call the Dog Whisperer led thousands of Washington dog lovers and their four-legged pals on a "pack walk" on Saturday to raise election-year awareness of the plight of unwanted canines.

"You're a rock star, Cesar!" shouted one fan as Cesar Millan, the one-time illegal immigrant from Mexico who is the best-known dog trainer on television, kicked off his second annual National Family Pack Walk on the National Mall.

Seen in more than 100 countries, The Dog Whisperer features Millan working his magic on dogs with all sorts of behavioural issues - or, more to the point, educating their owners how to become calm but assertive "pack leaders."

The pack walk, however, is geared more toward bringing public attention to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abused and abandoned dogs - a cause, Millan said, that could do with some legislative help.

"It's about people coming together to create awareness," Millan, 43, told AFP prior to the walk that attracted a wide variety of dogs, both purebred and mongrels, including a few dressed up in tutus and Batman capes.

Animal rights

"We want politicians to care and understand that there's a law to be made about animal rights."

Millan, who brought one of his own gentle pitbulls to the walk, added: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured in the way animals are treated - that's (Mahatma) Gandhi. We would like for America, and the world, to embrace that quote."

Organisers estimated Saturday's turnout at 10 000 people and dogs combined, a spokesperson said.

Americans own 78.2 million dogs, but several million wind up in animal shelters every year, and a large number of those are put down, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Earlier this year the HBO television documentary One Nation Under Dog featured harrowing video of unwanted dogs being put into a makeshift gas chamber, piled one on top of the other and crying with agony as they died.

Millan, like many dog lovers, opposes euthanasia for unwanted dogs, insisting that even the most aggressive dogs can become good pets with the correct mix of "exercise, discipline and affection," in that order.

Not only affection

Last year in Los Angeles, where Millan runs a centre for dogs with extreme behavioural issues on top of hosting his Nat Geo Wild reality TV series, the inaugural pack walk attracted 900 dogs and slightly more humans.

The dogs on the Mall - the vast stretch of lawn that runs from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial - were astonishingly well-behaved.

Few barked, and none required the discipline techniques that Millan learned from his grandfather, and that many participants had already picked up from faithfully watching his television show.

"The point of loving dogs is not just American," said Millan, who now is a naturalised US citizen.

"I have the fortune to travel around the world, and people make the same assumption that a dog only requires affection. I'm a big believer that a dog requires exercise, discipline and affection."

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