Have you ever been without a car? Have you ever been totally dependent on another person? Have you ever been lonely? OK, dogs don’t drive, but domesticated dogs DO depend on their people for everything, and being pack animals, they need interaction with people and other dogs to be content. So why would anyone chain a dog?
Granted, people have been restricting dogs by chaining them to various stable objects for centuries, but in today’s “enlightened” world do we still tether dogs because we feel we have no control over our own lives? Are we so disturbed with the conditions of the world that we vent our frustrations by restricting and abusing spouses, children, and pets? Is it in our nature to be cruel?
TV news crews have panned cages in dank basements from which children have been rescued after years of being restricted and tortured. Abducted children have been found after being imprisoned for years and, in the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard, forced to bear the children of their abductors. And countless stories of dogs and horses having been dragged behind vehicles; kittens set on fire; animals raped; and family pets tossed from the rooftops of tall buildings, circulate every day.
How are we to progress as a humane community if we don’t treat each other and our animals with kindness and respect? Mahatma Gandhi said it best – “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Pure and simple…restricting the movements of dogs creates loneliness and fear and dog violates their very nature. Dogs get territorial when chained, and many get tangled away from food, water, and shelter from the elements. Some starve to death or die from exposure. It’s inhumane no matter what your rationale!
Statistics show that 28% of dog bites have involved a child wandering too close to a chained dog. And biting dogs were more likely to be male, unneutered, and chained! By the way, breed specific legislation to control dog bites and attacks to do address the issue that MANY breeds are involved and most of the factors contributing to dog bites are related to the level of responsibility exercised by dog owners themselves.
Learn about some great organizations with alternative solutions to chaining by going to the following websites that are full of information, and watch the video below and share Nitro’s joy when he is freed from his chain.