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Well, it hasn’t been changed, but there has been brought a lot of attention to it, especially
since a police officer stole “Thor”, the German Sheppard, who was set to be euthanized as per
the section on vicious dogs/vicious attacks.
In short, “Thor” was attacked and bitten by a small dog, which made him bite in return. The
owner, Jette, paid a fine and assumed that the story would end there. It did not, however.
The day after the dogs had their disagreement, the small dog had been taken to the vet with an
infection in the wound. Based on that visit to the vet, a charge was made against “Thor” as
having made a vicious attack on the smaller dog and he was scheduled to be euthanized. The
eve before the judgment was to be carried out a police officer stole “Thor” from the kennel he
was placed at, and “Thor” has since been M.I.A.
Ever since, there has been a lot of attention on the Danish Law on Canines, which in itself is
good…the Danish people, however, are split into 2 groups on the question of whether or not the
police officer acted correctly in this situation.
I understand the thoughts and feelings behind his actions, but I don’t believe that breaking
the law is correct, REGARDLESS OF REASONING. Vigilantism is not a grey area in my world and
one of the many reasons for that is that I often meet people in debates who brag that they are
breeding banned breeds, calling it civil disobedience (vigilantism). I am very adamant when
it comes to following the law, despite the heartbreaking consequences.
The Law on Canines should absolutely be revised, but the consequence of people taking the law
into their own hands, may very well be that dialogue with politicians is not taken seriously.
It is my deepest wish that we find another solution to the current Law on Canines, especially
on the parts concerning breed banning. If that is ever to become a professional and factual
debate with the authorities, however, we need to keep our heads clear and follow the law.
That being said, I don’t understand why the politicians have not paused judgments in the
current cases that have been made, based on the parts of the law that need reassessing. Many
of the innocent dogs awaiting euthanasia could be saved if some other alternative was made
while the reassessment process is going on.
Remember…it is not only banned breeds at risk with the current law, but all breeds.
Michelle Otterstrøm Jensen