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Dog owners have to take responsibility
Verity Fenner, Hackney, full address given, writes:
I’ve seen so many dog walkers just can’t control their dogs.
As the dog owner of a dog whose recall is unmatched, I am amazed at the number of people I meet who now have dogs that they cannot control.
I now realize that a lot of people have bought dogs in the past year for some reason.
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But it also seems very obvious to me that while people were singing Netflix or Tik Tok, or teaching their kids at home while trying to keep a job, people seem to have forgotten to raise their new dog.
I do not understand that.
They all had the perfect opportunity to spend time outside each day (which gives them a good reason to be outside except for exercise), but it seems that hardly any of these dogs know their own name. The owners don’t even know how to train them with just a little search on google.
And now I’m angry. In the past two days I have received a rope burn from uncontrollable dogs tearing over Hackney Marshes, completely ignoring the calls (along with laughter from) of “Benjiiiiiii Biscuitttttttttt”. After confronting an owner after I got a fire on my hand (he wore big thick gloves so as not to get the same) he said to me, “We are going to take him to class.”
I asked, “What on earth is wrong with training the dog yourself? The only way you could save your dog’s life is learning the callback. It is your responsibility. “
This is my promise to new dog owners. Please let your dog learn to recall before they overpower an elderly person or attack a child who will then be scared of dogs for the rest of their lives.
This is exactly why my friend’s son is now petrified by dogs.
Dogs are an obligation.
You should be trained. The question is, what can you do about it?
Can we report owners whose dogs are not behaving?
How can we do this so that people take more responsibility for their pooches?
Once upon a time there was a license to have a dog. Do we have to fall back on it?
Choose health over war
Ismaila Ceesay, Dalston, full address given, writes:
In the next four years, Britain will spend eight times more on the military than on tackling the climate crisis.
With just 7.1 percent of global military spending last year, we could all have vaccinated against Covid-19 on earth. We all got our priorities wrong.
In 2020, global military spending soared to nearly $ 2 trillion, and the UK is the fifth largest donor in the world. At a time when our community has been ravaged by Covid-19, losing thousands of their homes, jobs and businesses, the government has spent money expanding into new areas of warfare like killer robots and enlarging Britain’s nuclear warheads that break international treaties and fuel a nuclear arms race.
Military spending makes us less safe and wastes important resources on outdated notions of military strength. Such expenses mock Boris Johnson’s quest to be a “force for good” in the world.
It is time we moved health care to warfare to truly defend people and planets.
Thank you for your continued support
Barnardo’s charity shops and other charity shops have reopened
– Photo credit: PA Images
David Longmore, Head of Retail at Barnardo, writes:
Barnardo’s supports some of the most vulnerable children, adolescents and families across the UK. We couldn’t do this without the customers, colleagues, and volunteers who support our businesses.
We are pleased that we were able to reopen our stores after the lockdown and because of the wonderful feedback we have received from old and new customers after our first week of trading. We would like to thank everyone who has kept their donations for many months, we can now accept them again. We are grateful to our colleagues and volunteers who worked so hard to ensure a safe and clean environment, and of course our customers, whose expenses support our frontline staff.
Our frontline workers provide a wide range of support across all communities, and the demand has never been higher. We help children affected by grief during Covid who are struggling with mental health due to anxiety, loss, and family breakdown.
We support parents in poverty who had to choose between food, heating or data for their children’s online learning during the lockdown.
As we welcome everyone back to our branches, we would like to thank you very much for your continued support. When you have some time, you should consider joining our team of excellent volunteers.
Why should you join Vegan Pledge?
Tod Bradbury, campaign manager at Animal Aid, writes:
This June Animal Aid will host our Summer Vegan Pledge again.
The Summer Vegan Pledge is the perfect opportunity for those looking to try a plant-based diet, with all the help and support they need.
The production of animal products such as meat and dairy products is the world’s largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, water pollution, land use and fresh water consumption. On the contrary, a plant-based, vegan diet requires less land, fewer resources, significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and the world’s largest nutrition organizations agree that a well-planned vegan diet is appropriate, healthy and can provide health benefits.
It’s never been easier to eat vegan. Try it out.