Monday, June 19, 2006

The Straight Poop

A study conducted last August and September, quoted in today’s Raleigh News & Observer, shows men and rural residents are least likely to clean up their dog’s poop.

47 percent of urban residents “rarely” or “never” pick up dog poop. That compares to 49 percent of suburban residents and 47 percent of city-dwellers.

People in the 18-24 and 65-older age groups are most likely to clean their dog’s poop. Least likely are those in the 35-54 age group.

I’m male, live in the suburbs, and am between the ages of 35 and 54.

Gee, according to that list, I’m doomed!

Seriously, though. Too much is made of dog poop in many communities. First, communities should plan better for their canine residents, allocating land for “poop stations” that dispense plastic bags. Second, we have a bigger problem with pooping geese and people who litter than pooping dogs. Third, if you ever travel, you’ll notice that in most nature parks, they have a display talking about how beneficial the animal poop is for the environment… yet they ban dogs from the parks on the grounds that dog poop is bad for the park. So weird. I don’t think it is that big of a deal. Poop your dog. Pick up. Leave people alone.

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