New Zealand Dog News

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May 03, 2007

Dog owners 'feed pitbulls p'

You wouldn't be mistaken P, for pepsi, popcorn, porn if you lived outside of these islands. Only in New Zealand do the media like to BRAND a drug whose real name is methamphetamine.

Creative marketing, isn't it? "Hey boys, I'm just popping out for a P" sounds a lot less doggy than "Hey boys, just popping out to do some meths?"

Now let's read the story.. I can just imagine it being full of .... holes.

Owners of already fierce dogs sometimes give them methamphetamine to make them more aggressive, an animal controller says.

Stratford animal control officer Kieran Best said he had heard of P, as the drug is known, being fed to pitbulls, making them very unpredictable.

Mr Best told the Taranaki Daily News he had not encountered this problem himself, but had "heard about it from drug squad police at conferences."

So a story unfolds because someone has "heard about it". He's a dog control officer, and he can't talk from his own experience, so how can what he says be true?

"The pitbulls I've had dealings with are naturally aggressive because of the type of people they are with," he said.

"They keep pitbulls around because they don't like visitors and one can only presume they have something to hide -- that they are into crime and drugs.

Oh gee! That's the argument for taking away your civil liberties. "If you've got nothing to hide, what's wrong?" they ask. Plenty wrong!

In New Zealand, the government spent around 10 million (give or take a few millions... ) promoting the NON LABELLING of our mental health people. We have commercials on TV and radio saying that people with bipolar disorder can do great things if they are supported by a loving family and friends (I'd hate to wonder what happens to those who don't have that support)

And what this dog "control" officer is saying, is exactly that... labelling those dog owners who have pitbulls. No wonder we have a mental health problem in New Zealand !

"They are paranoid about officials visiting and the dog emulates the owner."

Ya and why not?! you keep harrasing them, I betcha!

The comments come after a dog attack in the region on Sunday when two pitbulls rushed at children walking to a dairy in Manaia.

So now you are suggesting that that dog had P in his system... that's quite a large leap you made there!

The children were accompanied by George, a nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier. When the pitbulls rushed at the group, aiming for a four-year-old boy, George started barking and rushed at the pitbulls as the children ran away.

George's owner, 69-year-old Alan Gay, said the pitbulls savaged George until a passing motorist intervened and managed to separate the dogs.

George was later put down because of his injuries.

While there was no suggestion the Manaia dogs were on "P", an armed policewoman was present as they were cornered and loaded into a dog van. The dogs are to be destroyed today.

DID YOU READ THAT !! no suggestion that the dogs were on P, but the title of this article is just that... the media who wanna sells paper on the back of prohibition !!


  • At 11:46 a.m., Blogger Jake the Mess said…

    Ah well, at least they say the dogs are acting according to their environment, not because of their breed. Looking at what the actual quotes from the DC officer say, ("The pitbulls I've had dealings with are naturally aggressive because of the type of people they are with...") he sounds like a reasonable fellow. No doubt he is less than happy about poor representation of his opinion.

  • At 10:49 a.m., Anonymous Blair Anderson said…

    Leading Evidence.

    The evidence of a corollary between the societal response to dogs and drugs is mounting. This media is an exemplar of the othering and typecasting that Natalie, quite correctly points out.

    The metaphors, 'give a dog a bad name' and 'never kick a dog that's down' are relevant to resolving the tensions behind both of these perplexing social problems, and indicative of what we, the community need to do to fix both.

    The media item would be less likely to report for example "it has been my experience that Jack Russells. more often than not, are agents provocateur", despite that it may well be the common experience of many others. How likely would it be that 'that tale be told' let alone, including in this case, be it the actual circumstances?

    Prejudices leads to othering. Othering leads to lies. Lies lead to injustice. Injustice serves no one. Dog or Man.


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