Usually I’m the one at the front screaming abuse at anyone who dares lift a finger against an animal. This isn’t always appreciated, particularly by those who fail to see my point and who ask me why I don’t do the same with regards to violence against human beings.
The reply to that is that I do, if said humans belong to a minority or what I refer to as an ‘underdog’ class. But I don’t necessarily pick up the gauntlet on behalf of all victims of violence, for the simple reason that there is already quite enough awareness. I don’t really need to convince people that killing/beating up/torturing other humans is wrong. They know it already. And if they don’t, then their rightful place is in a rubber-padded room, as opposed to on this website.
Today, after I read all about this, I’m going to place myself on the other side of the fence. I’m not saying that random shooting at animals is the right thing to do, far from it, but the owners of the dog at least, would have avoided a lot of pain for their four-legged friend if they’d been more responsible pet owners. They too must shoulder a portion of the blame – and this is coming from a totally committed dog lover.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I see dog owners doing the following:
Allowing their unleashed dog to roam unaccompanied on the street
Allowing their unleashed dog to approach strangers, including children, in the street
Allowing their unleashed dog to approach other leashed dogs without checking that both dogs are ok with each other
All the above are potentially disastrous situations. And if things go wrong, it’s usually the pet that ends up suffering. Again, I’m not saying that shooting at someone else’s pet just ‘cos it finds its way in your property is the right thing to do. But surely avoiding the situation in the first place is much better?