In the video below, the reporter notes that the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals says “gun violence” against animals “is a growing problem in our country.” Their website makes no such claim. Absent any evidence of an increase in the number of Americans shooting animals they have no intention of eating, I seriously doubt it. But . . .
Don’t be surprised if the antis add canines to their bloody shirt-waving campaigns. They’re so cute! And innocent! Then again, the blog.humanesociety.org reveals that . . .
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that police officers, often acting as first responders in crisis situations, shoot and kill as many as 10,000 dogs a year — that is one dog every hour of every day.
It’s a staggering and surprising and distressing number. Though some of these deadly encounters cannot be avoided, training for police officers on how to assess a dog’s body language, possible intentions, and the use of passive, non-lethal methods is not a standard in police academy or in service training . . .
Only a handful of states require police officers to receive training on encounters with dogs, most of which were implemented after large civil, and in some instances, criminal charges were filed against officers and their departments in the deaths of dogs. Dog owners are fighting back and winning these large lawsuits.
Under the Fourth Amendment, shooting someone’s dog has been considered by multiple district courts as a “seizure” of property.
Recently, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, a court awarded a man $1.26 million dollars for the death of his beloved Chesapeake Bay retriever who was shot and killed by the police. Training to handle these encounters in non-violent ways is good business for the police and it’s good public relations.
As always, in a country with a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, the best way to prevent “gun violence” — against all creatures great and small — is to educate people not to pull the trigger irresponsibly/illegally. And/or punish them when they do. Do it for the puppies!