|Barked: Wed Jan 2, '13 9:38am PST |
|I agree with everything Trig said which is awfully nice as she's a hunter, I am SO not, but so drawn to animal issues since I was six have spent decades evolving my ethic. So it's nice to agree
I was thrilled to read that as I loathe treeing. It is so cruel....far crueler than a bad shot, and one thing I can tell you, Sanka, is not only is it far more of a stress to be in a protracted run for your life and a totally unfair advantage, but a hunter who has fired a bad shot is emotionally very upset while those following their treeing dogs are on a high and in a state of enjoyment. That's a stark difference.
Certain things, as our cultures evolve, change. Dogs used to (and alas in some countries still are), be used bear and bull baiting. Which they enjoyed, and so did we. Dogs can be bred for aggression and not mind fighting either....you sometimes see in PBs what I call "happy aggression," just this weird high aggression with this excited bark and waggy tail. Itchin' We're past that now.
So it's already happened, again and again. As we evolve past certain things, breeds get outmoded. Some breeds survive...fanciers take them off and go to dog shows But the time for that dog, culturally speaking, is gone. Turnspit dogs...not hunting dogs, but another example.
I don't think injuries to the treeing dogs was the motivation...just thrown in for good measure. The main welfare concern was the inhumaneness of the hunting style.
And I will say that....I noted someone on that article whining that it was putting breeders out of business. I almost put up a snarky comment. They are some of the biggest pains in the butt when it comes to the shelter crisis of the south, and the Catahoula BYBs are no better. Taking everything from litters past a good selling age to strays to dump offs. Really big difference between them and the sporting breed dogs, which is more about the partnership between a man and his dog. Hounds and their ilk can be a dime a dozen.
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