This is a story from a resident in Northern England telling about the insanity that took place in the region, all because of a dog.
Scary, but quite the norm in several other places today.
Here it is:
I live in a seaside town in the North of England called Whitley Bay and people here have gone completely crazy for dogs.
Almost all of the pubs, cafes and snack bars advertise themselves as dog friendly so if you want a guaranteed dog free drink or snack you better stay at home or be content with a very limited choice.
There is only one pub that does not allow dogs, part of a national chain with a national no dogs policy. Dog worshippers nationally spew out their vitriol about the issue on Trip Advisor.
Many local shops, travel agents, newsagents, food shops, general dealers etc have bowls of water outside their premises as if there are hordes of dehydrated dogs staggering from one oasis to the next. This is the North of England where it rains twenty percent of the time, not some tropical island.
All the local public transport allows dogs on and they sit on seats without complaint or comment from any human travellers.
Anyway, the big issue in the local paper this week and last week relates to an event that took place just over a fortnight ago.
The claim is that a husband and wife , both aged 78, took their dog, Shearer, for a walk near a local nature reserve. Just as they released Shearer from it’s leash some people decided to have what was described as “an impromptu fireworks display with professional standard fireworks”.
Shearer bolted and was not seen again until its body was washed up on a beach around ten miles south of Whitley bay.
The death of this dog elicited mass hysteria in the national mainstream media and on the dog worship sites.
There were calls to ban fireworks.
It was an attempt to create a moral panic.
The local paper ran a full front page spread plus an additional half page on page 5 last week encouraging readers to sign an on line petition to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public.
This week they ran a lengthy letter from a pressure group entitled, “Firework Abatement Campaign” in Lincolnshire which is around 200 miles from Whitley Bay.
The British Government debated a petition to ban fireworks because they frighten dogs in June of this year and wisely came to the conclusion that existing legislation is sufficiently robust to remain as it is.
As well as these articles, the newspaper is running a poll on whether or not readers want fireworks sale to the general public banned or not. The poll presently stands at 92% for banning, although there is no number of respondents given so it could be 92% of 20 for all we know.
This newspaper, like many of the nationals in Britain likes to run emotionally laden dog positive propaganda. Any attempt to question this is dismissed as a rant. No one has questioned the spontaneous firework display in the middle of the day story and no one has come forward to corroborate this extremely unusual event.
In England we average 2 humans killed a year by dogs, half of them children. 13 children have been killed by dogs in the last ten years. This year, unusually, we had 2 deaths in the one week.
There was no outcry about doing anything or banning dogs, or bringing in tighter controls about dog ownership.
In May of this year a staffordshire terrier got among a playground of children in Blyth, a town seven miles away, and eight of them were hospitalised. The local paper did not run a campaign to protect children or to manage dogs.
Whenever dogs seriously injure or kill people , the prevailing mood is one of concern for the future of the dog involved.
This is the kind of madness our society has turned a blind eye to. We have acquiesced to the erosion of our freedoms by irresponsible dog owners. We have accepted some really stupid ideas and junk logic as if it was common sense and natural.
It doesn’t have to be this way. When I was growing up in a working class area of Glasgow in the 1950s, no 0ne in my street had a dog. No one in my school had a dog.
We knew that some people had pet dogs because, when we went into middle class areas there was often shit on the pavement.
If anyone had openly said that dogs were better than humans or more important than human children, if anyone had said that dogs were their friend, companion, family member or that their dog loved them society would have ridiculed them or pitied them. It’s not too late.
We have to stand up to these canine loving misanthropes.
In 17th century Holland the dominant belief was that a tulip bulb had the same value as a house.
Because the majority believe something doesn’t means it’s right or that it makes sense.
I have provided place names and the name of the dog so that the readers can check the level of stupidity and hysteria for themselves.
By JC, from England
Thanks a lot for your story, JC. Hope you guys could ammeliorate this situation in such a nice place like Whitley Bay.