Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dog problem or Dogone opportunity.

As long as Councils cow-tow to the notion that Dogs are 'a problem' rather than an asset with a highly significant economic and social dividend naysayers will bitch and moan. 

It is time that Council(s) up and down this country did their job properly and listened to the body of expertise.... easily musterable. 

Consider, 500,000 registered dogs, at about a 100 dollars a year isnt just a pool of money, it is a collective canine income backed by about half a billion dollars or more in purchasing power that warrants some 'investing' in knowledge and infrastructure.  Perhaps it is time for the Ministry of  Internal Affairs (the ultimate arbiter of dog policy in New Zealand) to step up and own the problem rather than this fractious, protracted and often ill-advised by 'animal control officers' approach. 

How about some advice, based on research and study from a rich body of 'other jurisdictions' where success informs policy.

We have to fix this because cities that are great for dogs are utterly excellent for people.

Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219
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