Griffiths / When it comes to dogs…

Share Canberra's trusted news:

WANT to know what feels great? Being part of an angry mob baying for blood on the internet!

I should know, I’ve led plenty of them and been a part of quite a few more.

Policeman pepper sprays dog
Justen Storay’s dog, Laps, being pepper sprayed by a policeman while tied up in a Griffith backyard.
Normally, everything in this world is just so difficult. We all disagree on what is a problem. The few people who can agree that something is a problem don’t agree on what the solution is.

Society can roughly be broken up between a large majority who would prefer not to have to think about anything beyond what to have for lunch, and a troubled, arguing and confused minority who think their opinions matter.

But every now and then, something happens that we can all agree about.

Recently, on citynews.com.au, we had the footage of Justen Storay’s dog, Laps, getting pepper sprayed by a policeman while tied up in Justen’s Griffith backyard.

Sure, there’s the troubling aspect of who exactly has CCTV of their backyard while police molest their bull mastiff, and why police are raiding a house in relation to a dangerous driving offence.

But, in general, we can put that aside because it doesn’t matter.

Apart from some very troubled individuals, as a society we can mostly agree we don’t like seeing chemical weapons used on dogs, and especially dogs that are tied up.

People, well, on people it depends. But dogs? Definitely not and we can all get righteously angry buoyed up by the knowledge that, at long last, we are not alone.

It’s a good feeling – and a dangerous one.

Following hard in the footsteps of the dog video, another emerged of a tubby buffoon in an over-tight Raiders jersey wetting himself on an ACTION bus. Oh yes, bring on the righteous anger! That poor woman with her children! The handbag!

On a roll, a local radio station found itself looking for the next sensation.

Aha! A dog! (we’ve established we all like dogs, right?) And it’s locked in a car! (We don’t like dogs locked in cars, right? Never mind that in this weather it’s no threat to health). And the car is filthy! (Poor dog?)

Ah, wait, hang on a moment. To this trained eye, not a million miles away on the curve of screaming desperation from living out of a car, it looked like some poor bastard was not quite so reduced by the cruelty of the world as to be surrendering their dog to the RSPCA or Domestic Animal Services, a death sentence on a short delay.

So should any of us dog owners become separated from family and friends or find ourselves in an abusive relationship, it’s not hard to imagine it’s our dog locked in our cramped car, distressed because some sticky beak is trying to take video of it while we’re in the shops buying dog food.

By all means, when it’s warranted, let’s enjoy those rare moments when the community can all agree on something.

But let’s not surrender our faculty for critical thinking, or our compassion for the unfortunate. If, for no other reason, that we all might be next.

John Griffiths is the online editor of citynews.com.au

 

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleArmed robbery in Lyons by a very short man
Next articleTactile exhibition leads to insight

Leave a Reply