STATUS DOGS: Politicians express concern over London’s dangerous dogs ‘epidemic’

Politicians in the British parliament have expressed concern over the rising number of incidents in London of violence involving so-called ‘danger dogs’. Since 2002, the number of ‘status dogs’ – used in fighting and as symbols of street machismo and status among some poorer youths in inner city areas – has risen sharply. The dogs, from both legally permitted breeds such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – informally known as Staffies, and illegal varieties like the American Pit Bull, are often mistreated to make them more violent and aggressive. There have been reports of young men using trees in public … Continue reading STATUS DOGS: Politicians express concern over London’s dangerous dogs ‘epidemic’

UKRAINE’S STRAY DOGS: Euro extermination

In about a week’s time, the referee will blow the whistle for the first kickoff at the UEFA European football championship being held jointly by the Ukraine and Poland, the first nations in east Europe to do so. While footie fans from all over Europe celebrate their team’s goals and victories, the stray dogs of Ukraine will not be celebrating. Government and municipal authorities in the nation of 45 million, desperate to beautify their streets and improve the Ukraine’s much-maligned image abroad, are declaring a war. A war on the 500,000 estimated unowned and unwanted canines who call the grey … Continue reading UKRAINE’S STRAY DOGS: Euro extermination