Sunday, 28 February 2010

They Always Turn On Their Masters...

A government can never be really trusted, you know. No matter how well they've been trained or treated, they remain, at heart, just dumb beasts, reverting to deeper instinct when under threat:
Every dog owner will have to take a costly ‘competence test’ to prove they can handle their pets, under new Government proposals designed to curb dangerous dogs.
Oh, fantastic!

Now little old ladies and families on minimum wage have another choice to make between eating and heating their homes - registering their tiny pooch who may be their only friend and companion, and has never so much as growled at the postman, while the chav down the street with the six ravening pitbull-alikes will either pay with the proceeds of their drug deals or black economy or more likely, not bother.

Knowing that given a choice, the authorities will move them further down the list and concentrate on the soft targets instead.
Owners of all breeds would also have to buy third-party insurance in case their pet attacked someone, and pay for the insertion of a microchip in their animal recording their name and address.
And if that works for dogs (it won't, but still...) how long before some bright spark decides it's a bang-up idea for humans too..?
The proposals are among a range of measures to overhaul dog laws in England and Wales being considered by senior Ministers, who are expected to announce a public consultation within weeks.
Great timing! Alienate a few more millions just in time for the election! Truly, this government never misses a chance to shoot itself in the foot, does it?

Even the sleepy, toothless, trusting old RSPCA has woken up and decided to give voice to the intruders at the door:
The RSPCA said last night it would welcome a review of legislation which has failed to curb the numbers of dangerous dogs that can attack, and sometimes kill, children and adults.

But a spokesman for the charity added: ‘We would not support anything that would hit sensible owners while failing to police those who are a danger.’
Well, no, in your shoes, I'd be bearing my teeth and growling a warning, too.

No more bequests for you, if little old ladies are going to be bled even dryer by legislation you supported, right?
There are also plans to boost the enforcement powers of police, the courts and local authorities.
Ah, of course. More powers. And why not? It's not like that's ever gone horribly wrong in the past, is it?
An RSPCA spokesman said: ‘We welcome a review but the problem is that while responsible owners will abide by the rules, inevitably you are going to get a fraternity that does not. There are always people who will buy a dog from their mate in a pub and won’t tell the authorities.

‘So the danger is that sensible owners will be out of pocket while irresponsible dog owners will ignore any new rules unless the policing of them is rigorous.’
Well, yes, even a child can see that one coming. So why can't our political policy geniuses?
He said, for example, that while the RSPCA encouraged the use of microchips, the system relied on owners keeping the information up to date.

‘It is no good finding an aggressive dog roaming the streets, perhaps having attacked someone, and going to the address on the microchip to find that the owner hasn’t lived there for years,’ he said.
Quite. In fact, just yesterday I got the usual vet's glossy magazine and what was in there? A heartwarming story of a family who regained their lost dog via microchipping, and a story of a lost cat unable to be returned because the owners had moved and not kept up the address details.

That's someone who (presumably) wanted their harmless pet's return, yet simply forgot to update their details.

So we can't really expect Daryll 'Stabby' McChav to do the same with his crossbreed pitbull when it's likely to take a bite out of a member of the public, can we?

When are we going to learn? Ministers should never be left alone with children legislation...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now micro-chipping chav's sprogs might not be such a bad idea.

Umbongo said...

"Alienate a few more millions just in time for the election! Truly, this government never misses a chance to shoot itself in the foot, does it?"

Even so, outright bullying doesn't seem to harm Labour any more if this is anything to go by. I commented elsewhere that, for those prepared to vote Labour, its preparedness to bully is a feature not a bug.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately since the meeting of World Fund for Animals in Italy over the last several years has brought the animal rights social movement together so there is a "think tank" of like minded individual animal rights activist to take away the rights of animal ownership and to farm. Interesting that this is sponsored by the PFA in Switzerland. One can make their own conclusions. And most think it is only RSPCA.

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tractor said...

Where will this nonsense end? Next it will become illegal to have a pet without a licence which will become impossible to get. Look at www.voiceless.org.au - these people want to make it illegal to eat meat. Then it will be decided the world's problems can be solved by population reduction strategies. There will be a licence to have children, then these people will decide to genocide much of the world's population to save the environment. The madness continues and knows no limit. The road to hell is paved by all these "good intentions" which are just a grab for power to control people's lives. The car would be outlawed if it was invented today as being too dangerous.

banned said...

The microchip is already rolling down the slippery slope, first dogs, then paedos and nonces followed by other criminals; might as well use them to protect vulnerable people, oh and pensioners and don't forget the cheeeldren. Not got a chip? Why not? Kinda sucpicious ain't it?

JuliaM said...

"Now micro-chipping chav's sprogs might not be such a bad idea."

Indeed. They may be cute when small, but everyone needs to remember that they grow at a frightening rate...

"Even so, outright bullying doesn't seem to harm Labour any more if this is anything to go by."

*sigh*

The Tories don't deserve to win on their current showing, it's true, but how could anyone consider giving the current mo another five years?

"...a "think tank" of like minded individual animal rights activist to take away the rights of animal ownership and to farm."

Indeed. People need to look beyond the superficial gloss of these charitable ventures.

"The road to hell is paved by all these "good intentions" which are just a grab for power to control people's lives. "

Spot on!

"Not got a chip? Why not? Kinda sucpicious ain't it?"

Isn't that the way they always try to normalise these things?

Mick Turatian said...

...the sleepy, toothless, trusting old RSPCA...

Huh?

That's a bit wide of the mark!

Officious, aggressive, vindictive, nasty would be closer to the truth.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Erm, the RSPCA? Donations?

I think you'll find they get most of their "donations" via the tax system, so of course they're not going to speak out against this.

More likely, they're lobbying behind the scenes to ensure that some of that licence money goes to them.

What's sauce for the bbc..., they'll be thinking.