Why should dogs suffer?

2015-05-05 06:00

It is with great sadness, annoyance and anger that I react to the article “Pooches on Beaches” (People’s Post, 7 April). Obviously the people who propose these laws are not dog-lovers and have persuaded the municipality to put blinkers on and just ‘ban, ban, ban’ it. How very narrow-minded! This has obviously not been fairly thought through. What I want to know is why are you banning dogs from having some fun on the beaches? I have been walking and had my dog swimming at Fish Hoek beach, Muizenberg, Zandvlei and the nearby Green belts, for years. I have yet to see a dog fight or any other negative issue. I only see happy dogs, running with joie de vivre as they enjoy their freedom and happy dogs greeting other dogs with a wag. I have never seen any aggression. Whenever there is aggression amongst dogs it is inevitably because they are restrained on a leash. When they can run free, most dogs do not fight. These new rules want our dogs to be on leads - and that is asking for dog fights. Also the times made available to walk the dogs are ridiculous and most unfair. Can you just imagine the congestion on the beaches – it will be total chaos! If it is litter that is the problem then think again, because 99% of the litter on the beaches is because of man. Then there is the matter of dog poo, which I think is the only litter dogs leave make on the beach. It is a simple matter of popping a plastic bag in one’s pocket before one takes one’s dog for a walk. Poop and scoop is a must overseas and should be so in our country too. Some green belts (who are open-minded) provide a plastic container, which is full of bags. A poo bag container could be erected at each end of the beach and parking area. There is no excuse for not picking up the dog poo. The municipality could help to provide some more bins along the beach – not only for dog poo, but for all the human rubbish lying on the beach. Now that would be doing something positive for the community and also educating the people at the same time. Secondly, all dog owners should take responsibility for their animals and should keep them under control. That does not mean that dogs must be kept on a lead all the time, but it does mean that dogs should be able to respond to an instruction from their owners. If they can’t control their dogs, then don’t take them out in public. It is being selfish towards non dog owners and also towards law-abiding dog owners. If this new law is to be enforced, then some sort of patrol will have to be provided (more jobs become available?). So, if some sort of patrol is to be provided to ensure that there are no dogs on the beach, or that they are on a lead, then surely that same employed person could just as well send the guilty parties off the beach if they or their dogs are misbehaving? Why must we all suffer and why should our dogs suffer? We can live together and we can make it work. Just be positive! Come on dog lovers – let’s fight this one – it is a ridiculous, selfish law proposed for the benefit of a few grumpies who have to moan about everything. Dog owners, you owe it to man’s best friend to let him have his moment of joy on the beach and in the sea

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