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July 14, 2013

Murray: I've had it with PETA


Police were involved in a standoff, a tense situation, when some clown with a large rottweiler rolls up, gets out of his car, takes out his phone and starts recording the police. And he's not recording them in a subtle manner, either. He's out in the street, with his big-ass dog, parading back and forth with his cell phone camera trained squarely on the officers.

Eventually the police, who, mind you, are dealing with a matter of public safety, decide this guy needs to go. So they come to arrest him. The guy, seeing this coming, puts the dog in the car and surrenders himself for arrest. The dog, though, isn't cool with this and finds his way out of the car. He approaches the police and, without going into too many details, the dog lunges, and the officer puts it down with four bullets.

And people freaked, making claims of animal cruelty and police brutality.

To this I say: The dog's owner got that dog killed. A few dozen bystanders had to watch this awful, awful scene because some idiot thought his need for attention was more important than the officer's need to keep the peace. I love dogs as much as anyone, but if one lunges at a cop in that situation, it's gotta go.

It would have been great if the officers had the foresight to make a plan to deal with the dog before arresting its owner. It also would have been nice if the owner had properly secured an animal he had to have known would attack in this situation.

In what might be the best response in this case, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has offered to train the Hawthorne Police Department on dog training, and is pushing for legislation to make it mandatory for all licensed peace officers to have such training. This has already been done in Colorado.

So maybe I'm getting old. But I just don't seem to have the patience for PETA an similar animal rights groups that I used to have. Or maybe ... Is my thinking evolving? I'll ask myself that question the next time I see one of those ads where some famous actress is participating in one of PETA's "I'd rather be naked than wear fur" campaigns.


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