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It is hard to find a place these days, where there are no dogs around. Perhaps no one of those reading this article would want to live in such a place, not in a life time! On the other hand, disputes on the problem dog in town do not tend to cease. In connection to this a number of matters are mentioned, namely: hygiene, noise outgoing from dogs, dog bites. Priority in discussing of these matters may vary from one town to another depending on a situation and cultural level, but generally the problem exists and occupies peoples minds.

The group of professional dog-breeders has emerged almost out of nowhere and is now rapidly developing, new ways of selection are mastered, and our native species are very well displayed at international bench-shows.

In Moscow these days there are lots of opportunities for dog-owners of which one could only dream of for instance 15 years ago. Firstly, the problem of transportation of dogs is settled on the legislative level. The dog is no longer an impediment depriving the owner of a dog of a possibility to move around only by a car or a taxi. It is now allowed to stay with a dog at a hotel, to visit cafeterias and shops (except for places where it is prohibited by special tablets).Lots of bench-shows are held annually, a specialized dog-shops network is functioning in towns; every district has emergency veterinary stations.

In whole, maintenance of the dog in Moscow proves to be qualitative and does not differ in any way from those in Europe or in the US.

It is not by an accident that the problem of a dog in the city has not yet been raised. There is no such problem, but there is a problem of double standard on determination of moral and legal treatment of certain issue. The problem of double standards is old enough and is pressing with reference to dogs. Let us apply it to a simple example. It is of common knowledge that it is inhumane to cut short dog tails and ears, besides it is quite troublesome. However, castration is widely used with respect to dogs. Humane enough? Hardly! Instead, it is very convenient for the dog-owner no problems with puppies, sexual attraction, and smooth behavior. Get a dog or a cat, cut of all unnecessary attachments and enjoy the company of a friend. Everybody is happy. Nobody is outraged. Complete triumph of humanism. Many people are not overjoyed with a noise produced by a dog. But what if ones apartment windows are close to the railway? And every night a locomotive is gasping outside your windows in a middle of a night at three a.m., when it is time for sleep. Why doesnt it occur to anybody to fight with Ministry of railroad communications and demand for locomotives to be quiet from 23.00 p.m. till 8.00 a.m. In many countries dogs of potentially dangerous species are prohibited. Every event connected with a dog bite is widely displayed in a press with maximum naturalism and details chilling to the bone. For the past 100 years less people suffered dog bites, than perhaps those hit by various electric devices for the past year. In general, the problem of a dog behavior is not connected only with strange propensity of a dog itself, but more of peoples mental problems and societys health. It is not of a coincidence that the dog problem is mostly being discussed among those where mental health is supposed to be suspicious.

The dog is not just a mans friend. A man is obliged to the dog. It was the dog who helped a man to domesticate an herbivorous animal.

For most people these days the dog is the only living being existing between a man and a hostile man-caused environment, that is guarding not a mans life or property, but immeasurably large values common sense and soul. And particularly this advantage overweighs any small inconvenience it may cause.

The reason why a man differs from an animal is because he can choose a conscious option between good and evil. So let us choose rightfully!


Bulletin RCF 7. A.I.Inshakov, E.G.Tsigelnitsky



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