Seventy Five people spoke at that meeting. All but 6 (maybe 7?) spoke in favor of ending the archaic practice of making dogs live on chains. Everyone who spoke in favor of the amendment was from Durham County. The pro-chain speakers were mostly from elsewhere (and still there were only 6 of you). Durham wants this ordinance.
I assure you that I am one, unique individual. I do agree with Jalt though that you can't tell me that you know that your dogs are "happy" or "satisfied" or "content" based on you observations of their behavior and then simultaneously deny that someone might be able to tell that a dog is frustrated or miserable or even the generic "unhappy" based on their observations of a dog's behavior. Can't have it both ways. So sorry.
YouKnowWho shouldn't feel so threatened by this ordinance since he doesn't live in Durham. Could it be that he is just worried that his stud fighting dogs, you know... the ones that "shoot fire," will have to be moved if this compassion toward chained dogs spreads to his neck of the woods?
ykw accuses those of us who are against keeping dogs chained of having no real life experience with the issue. I assure you that I, also, have had experience with dogs all my life -- and a long life it has been. I have dealt with dogs in all sorts of situations and my observations about how a chained dog suffers are based on real life experience. And don't even try to say that my observations are tainted by anthropomorphism. Anyone with half a brain (including you) knows that when a dog barks in frustration, he is frustrated. When a dog looks miserable, it is because he IS miserable. And I have seen the transformation of numerous miserable chained dogs becoming playful and happy dogs once they're no longer chained. The difference between my perspective and yours, ykw, is that you have a blind spot--a big one.
I'm one person and Jalt is another. I don't know who Jalt is. It has never occurred to me that people use multiple nicknames. But ykw, you must have thought of doing so, for it did occur to you to accuse others of that. There really are multiple people in Durham who care enough about the welfare of dogs to write a comment against the archaic practice of keeping them chained. But you wouldn't know that since, as your ignorance of how the InterNeighbohoodCouncil works has demonstrated, you don't even live here.
ykw is upset about people putting their nose into his/her business. I believe that if ykw lived in Durham, we would have been told, since his/her comments would have been more relevant. Durham's animal ordinances are not his/her business at all. Likewise with Sandi Coy, commenting from Kentucky). I'm sure that the Durham Commissioners will be more interested in what the citizens of Durham have to say about the issue.
Most of Durham's citizens can't stand the sight of a depressed dog on a chain. Most of Durham's citizens believe that because dogs are sentient beings, they are not property like a car is property. Most of us believe that a person should be prepared and willing to meet a dog's needs, both physical and psychological, before even acquiring one. Most of us believe that it sounds ridiculous when someone who keeps dozens (or hundreds) of dogs chained up all the time. using them merely as money making machines, calls them "beloved pets."
There are some problems inherent in tethering a dog without being with him. The dog will be vulnerable to harassment by humans and attack by roaming dogs.
Also, even if a dog is tethered for just 6 to 8 hours a day, he can begin to feel vulnerable and/or very protective of his small patch of territory. Without a barrier between the dog and a child who may approach him to pet him, the child may be bitten if the dog feels threatened. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control, chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs. That number increases to 5.4 times more likely when considering children under the age of 12.
Keep in mind that when the ordinance passes, there will be 15 month lead-in period during which people will have time to make suitable arrangements for their dogs, so that they don't have to tie them up unattended.
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