On Sunday, an Irish politician named Alan Tobin pissed off a whole bunch of dog lovers and pet owners on Facebook after he posted a photo of a sign that warns the public of certain "dangerous breeds of dogs." In the post, Tobin expressed his enthusiasm for the dog sign that he requested to be placed all around the county of Meath, Ireland.
As a dog owner I'm absolutely delighted that signs I've asked for, with pictures, showing the dangerous breeds of dogs have been erected over the past week. It still amazes me that some people think these dogs are ideal family pets.
There are a total of 10 dog breeds featured on the list:
1. American Pit Bull Terrier
2. Rhodesian Ridgeback
3. Bull Mastiff
4. Doberman Pinscher
5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
7. German Shepherd
8. English Bull Terrier
9. Japanese Akita
10. Japanese Tosa
The sign states that the dogs mentioned on the list should be muzzled or leashed, they should wear a collar with the owner's name and address written on it, and they must be handled by someone over the age of 16.
Needless to say, the politician's post received a ton of negative reactions from across the globe.
Many people echoed that comment to "Punish the deed, not the breed!" It means that any dog is capable of doing something bad unless they're trained. One shouldn't assume that every dog of that breed is going to cause injury due to one pup's misconduct.
Several users also shared photos of their own dogs who happen to be on the list of dogs that Tobin finds vicious.
In the immense sea of hate that is this politician's FB post, it is really difficult to find any positive feedback for the politician's dog sign. But people did have some alternative suggestions:
You just can't hate on certain dog breeds, post it on social media, and get away with it. Doesn't Tobin know that adorable puppy (and kitten) videos make up roughly 93% of the Internet? He's just asking for trouble.
Tobin: 0, Dogs: 1 x infinity.