Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another Stupid Dog Law

"Quarantine law comes as shock to dog owner"

So, a woman is playing with her dog, and her finger gets nicked by the dog's tooth when they both reach for the fetch toy at the same time. She goes to the doctor, the doctor is obligated by law to report it to the authorities. The authorities then want to put the dog, a very old and friendly dog, in quarantine for 10 days.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

First, most dog bite laws are written by dog hating politicians. So, one bad incident is used to punish millions of innocent dog owners and dogs.

Second, most dog laws have nothing to do with the behavioral and social reality that people face. We need to define what is a health hazard, and when it should be OK for a dog to bite. In this case, the dog isn't vicious, not a danger to society, and the woman's health (and yours) was never at risk.

Politicians pass laws that stay on the books long after they have retired to a nice fat pension, while we pay the price for their stupidity. This is another good example why we need limited government.

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