Giles Coren takes a recent deadly dog attack on a child and builds around it to produce a very provocative column.
“Man’s best friends are no such thing. They are brutal, dirty and a primitive throwback to the days of bearbaiting.
The death of Jaden Joseph Mack, mauled to death by two domestic dogs in his grandmother’s home near Caerphilly last Saturday, caused a ripple of anxiety in some quarters, muted calls for stricter licensing of dangerous breeds, and that was about it. Move along now. Nothing to see here.
Nothing, except a human infant shredded to burger meat by domestic pets. My God, the fuss they made over Baby P. Over Maddie. Over Sarah Payne. Over James Bulger. When the boneheaded popular press can use a toddler’s death to hammer such traditional bogeymen as paedophiles, social workers, “evil” young boys and invisible foreign ne’er-do-wells, it goes at it with a drooling, wide-eyed, sociopathic bloodlust, calling for hangings, sackings and ridiculous legislative upheavals. But when it’s done by a Staffordshire bull terrier, the very breed of dog most likely to have been tied up outside the shop while its owner goes in to buy a “red top” tabloid, they have nothing to say.”
Read the rest here on Times Online.