Newcastle Herald – Jeff Corbett; Oct 26 2012
ABANDONED or unwanted dogs have been killed in RSPCA shelters and council pounds ever since we’ve had the shelters and pounds, but suddenly a temperament test to determine which dog lives or dies has created a furore.
Among the tests used by the RSPCA to determine a dog’s temperament is its willingness to bark at or chase a cat, and predictably many dog lovers are outraged that this doggy trait is deemed to indicate a poor or bad temperament.
The greater protest, though, is just below the furore, and that concerns a dog’s right to live and whether we have the right to kill a dog for reasons other than health. There is also the issue of an owner’s responsibility for a dog, and whether an owner should be permitted to recant that ownership and responsibility as easily as they do now.
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