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The Noise of Barking Dogs as a Threat to the Public Health and Safety
Since exposure to noise has been established by the world's leading experts as a systemic health hazard that goes well beyond direct damage to the ears, and the loud, sharp, piercing voice of a dog is a particularly dangerous form of noise, it should be easy to understand why we say that unenforceable barking laws that allow the sound of barking dogs to be force-fed into human habitat, constitute a severe threat to the public health.
However, it may be less obvious why we say that the governmental tolerance of chronic barking constitutes a threat to the public safety. There are two reasons for that.
First, because the sound of a barking dog forcibly projected into human habitat, disrupts the functioning of the autonomic and endocrine systems of all who dwell within, it leads to belligerent, confrontational behavior that saps the resources of law enforcement and, thereby, endangers not only the direct victims, but the entire community.
Secondly, because we know that for some dogs, barking at people is part of an incremental, developmental process that causes the animals to grow vicious over time, we also know that by allowing those dogs to bark at passers-by without being corrected, the powers that be are dooming passing pedestrians - perhaps small children - to dog bites that can be avoided if the animals are bark trained or otherwise quieted early on.
Clearly, then, the decision of those in power to allow our chronic barking epidemic to continue on, unabated, represents an obvious threat to both the public health and the public safety - as does the noise itself.
Written by Craig
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