Julian Vigo posted the following comment (#4) to the article entitled: Boston Teen Seeks 'Debarking' Ban The practice is cruel and barbaric
"People should not own pets periods. All animals should be outdoors, in the country and in the case of ownership, have their own lodgings and distances from annoying neighbors. Why pet owners see what they are doing as anything other than not so thinly veiled form of slavery is astonishing. Most of us were brought up to believe that housepets are adorable, that zoos are wonderful. The reality behind this is that housepets have overall serious hell and psychological issues from being cooped up in homes all day long, being denied outdoors and its combined activities and are expected to grin and bear it.
It is naive and irresponsible to own pets in any city or suburban space and we need to educate ourselves about animals' rights--not what we think they want, but what they want and need. "