I agree, UKbikerchic, that many people in Taiwan have unreasonable ignorance and fear of animals. My wife’s sister has taught her young child to be scared of cats. When they read a picture book with a cat in it, the mother will go, “ooooh, scary, scary” in baby talk Chinese and the daughter now believes that. And yesterday in the park I saw a 12 year-old boy on roller blades totally freaked out, turning in terror, falling down and madly scrambling for safety because a happy puppy was bouncing around him. Especially in Taiwan I find such fear of dogs irrational, because I’ve rarely seen a vicious, aggressive dog in Taiwan.
But some of your we’re all creatures and have a right to roam freely wherever we want talk is a little extreme. Dogs can attack people or other animals aggressively. Maybe that’s often caused by a bad pet owner, but regardless of the cause, vicious dogs do exist and leash laws are reasonable. Additionally, I agree with the others who criticized the below quote.
[quote]Two wrongs don’t make a right, and to throw stones, sticks, bricks or anything else is just plain wrong.
I have been shouted and aproached by at by people I don’t like before, so does that give me the right to kick, and throw things at them, I don’t think so.[/quote]
I’ve been attacked without provocation by many vicious dogs in my life, who lunged at me, barking, snarling, baring their teeth and attempting to bite me (succeeding a couple of times). So if I’m walking down the street or riding my bike and I see a dog or several dogs that appear to be large and unfriendly, it’s not uncommon for me to pick up a large rock and carry it with me for protection in the event I’m attacked. I’m a peaceful lover of animals, but if a vicious dog lunges at me I’ll have no hesitation about throwing the rock as hard as I can at the dog, kicking it in the head, and if it’s a particularly mean and nasty dog, I’d even kill the miserable creature and have little remorse.
I haven’t seen a dog in Taiwan that I felt that way about, but in the US many people raise their dogs to be totally vicious and dangerous to innocent passersby. True, it may not be the dog’s fault it has that personality – it may be due to the asshole owner – but that’s not my concern. My concern is I have a right to pass down the road without being viciously assaulted and having the flesh ripped from my leg. If some animal violates that basic right of mine, I don’t feel it’s unreasonable for me to inflict pain on or even kill that beast.
That said, I agree with the others that throwing bricks at playful puppy that poses no threat to anyone is ignorant and cruel.