FREEZE DON'T SHOOT - NORTH CAROLINA
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This is a national circulating petition in all states for the purpose of bringing awareness to the public and ask officials to mandate training that would help prevent the use of lethal gun force against our pets.
Police often shoot first and ask questions later. Among hundreds of recent victims: Labradors, Wheaten terriers, and a five-pound Chihuahua. The shooting of dogs by police has become disturbingly common across the country. Citizens have noticed an increase in media accounts of police officers shooting the family pet with a notable lack of remorse or disciplinary consequences. Too many officers have gotten rather callous about it and it's past time for training in animal behavior and safely engaging with a family pet, or even a stray, be implemented. Police have recently killed pets while merely questioning neighbors about a crime in the area, cutting across private property while in pursuit of a suspect, and after responding to a false burglar alarm. It doesn't matter if your dog is loose or leashed, or if you've posted "Beware of Dog" warnings. If dangerous dogs are so common, one would expect to find frequent reports of vicious attacks on meter readers, postal workers, firemen, and delivery workers. But according to a spokesman from the United States Postal Service, serious dog attacks on mail carriers are vanishingly rare. Bites do happen, but postal workers are given training on how to distract dogs with toys, subdue them with voice commands, or, at worst, incapacitate them with Mace. Mail carriers are shown a two-hour video and given instruction on how to recognize and read a dog's body language, how to differentiate between aggressive charging and playful bounding, and how to tell a truly dangerous dog from a merely territorial one. Few police departments offer this kind of training, though groups like the ASPCA and the Humane Society say they'd be more than happy to provide it.
In closing we the people of North Carolina would like to ask officials to mandate training that would help prevent the use of lethal gun force against our pets.
FREEZE DON'T SHOOT is a nationwide campaign established to stop the killing of pets and strays by law enforcement and mandate training on animal behavior. FDS is NOT anti-police. FDS is anti-KILLING. The KILLING must STOP.