The latest dog attack in the UK, where a baby was killed and a toddler was seriously injured, was reportedly carried out by a dog resembling a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
What is going on here?
- How can such a gentle, friendly breed of dog so often seem to be implicated in serious attacks on humans?
- Why do we not understand the reasons for this sort of tragedy?
- In this science-based, logical world, what are we doing so wrong that this keeps happening?
- It isn’t good enough that these attacks are simply reported in the media – as sensationalist headlines – and we all tut-tut about how it is all about “bad owners” and “not supervising dogs and children” and other such high moral ground comments – and then we all forget about it. Meanwhile the family at the centre of this are devastated for life.
- It feels as if the truth behind these attacks is kept secret; or at least, the facts are rarely reported
- If we don’t know what happens, how are we supposed to prevent the next attack?
I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know that our society is not dealing with this type of situation effectively.
We need to find a new way of responding.