Feeds

Web lovers say Nein! to German dog persecution

And other ways in which the Net is empowering the small man

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

The Internet's unprecedented ability to pull geographically diverse but likeminded folk together has generally had a bad press - paedophiles, criminals, football hooligans. They all use the Web as a cover for anti-social behaviour, strengthening each others' resolve for their perverted desires.

But good, honest God-fearing folk have discovered the Net too. And they're using it to call people (usually government ministers with stupid ideas) to account. Recently in the UK, the campaign to reduce the enormous tax placed on petrol by the Treasury has taken off, partly due to its Web site.

Now, it's Germany's turn. The German government is putting through legislation on dangerous dogs. There have been a few highly publicised attacks on people by dogs and the government decided to do something about it. We had the self-same situation in the UK a few years ago. That also resulted in new legislation - muzzles to be worn in public, stronger sentences for bad dog owners etc etc.

However, the enduring violent streak in German politicians and citizens has come through, causing the destruction of thousands of dogs of those breeds deemed dangerous. A Staffordshire Bull Terrier is bad, so it must die. Whereas a Rottweiler is fine, so it may live. This crazy logic has naturally led to dog lovers from all over the world going ballistic.

It gets worse - German officials have suggested people grass up owners with such dogs. This led to one dog being doused in petrol and set fire to while its owner was beaten up. Another two dogs have been stabbed. It doesn't take much to get the Germans in a mob frenzy.

Hence, through the Internet, protests have been planned, boycotts built up and politicians mass emailed. Coverage of the possibilities and problems of the situation have been highlighted, bypassing a media that can decide its own agenda and has good reason to keep in with government. The suggested legislation is being poured over and taken to pieces.

Have we found the real democratising use of the Internet? A proper, independent and people-led review of government legislation. Let's face it, the Lords and Commons no longer have the power, time or inclination to do the very job they were put there for.

In the UK meanwhile, the Professionals Contractors Group - the people leading the charge against the government's IR35 legislation - was put forward for four awards in a New Media awards ceremony. It didn't win any, mind. But it did get a "special mention" because of the growth and speed with which the group formed credible opposition arguments to the legislation.

Ain't technology great? ®

Related stories

Middle England protests over petrol rip-off

Related links

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier coverage
Dog Holocaust

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.