The controversy over the “Dog Paparazzi”, which has been implemented starting on March 22nd, has been intense. The “Dog Paparazzi” is a new system conducted by the government to reinforce people’s safety from pet dogs. Those who report dog owners violating the regulations, such as not putting a leash on his or her dog, can receive 20% of the fines (owners will be fined up to 30 million won). Some people welcome the idea of the “Dog Paparazzi” so that they can feel relieved when encountering dogs on the street, but others worry about the lack of effectiveness and a number of adverse effects. While it is necessary for dog owners to have responsibility to manage their dogs safely, the “Dog Paparazzi” system is not a critical solution to solve safety-related problems.
To begin with, the “Dog Paparazzi” is not the way to have a desirable pet culture and protect safety, but creates discontent and conflict with each other. Taking a close look at the system, dog leashes are limited to two meters in public places. Fierce dogs and dogs that need special management (commonly over 40cm of body depth) are required to have muzzles over their mouths. Thus, the “Dog Paparazzi” has to measure the length of the leash and the size of the dog. In this process, conflict between dog owners and the “Dog Paparazzi” can be caused. Secondly, there is a possibility that the system can lead not only to invasion of privacy, but also to crimes, since the “Dog Paparazzi” is allowed to take pictures of dog walkers. The reporters are supposed to write the owners’ addresses, and personal information. Especially female dog walkers can easily be targeted by hidden cameras and stalking. People are now shaking with fear that they may be photographed anywhere at any time. Lastly, it makes many dog owners reluctant to take a walk and eventually it will not be good for dogs. A “Nose Walk”, in which the dog takes a walk and smells nature, is said to be very effective in training aggressive dogs to relieve stress. Animal education facilities are insufficient and it is difficult to walk a dog very often in a busy daily life. On the top of that, if the “Dog Paparazzi” system is added, it gives both dogs and owners unpleasant lives.
The “Dog Paparazzi” system may have a good intention, but it cannot be helped to question the effectiveness of its reporting system. This kind of system, where violators are detected when they are unlucky and simple enforcement of laws are only temporary steps. Rather, it would be important to create a more mature citizenship by informing the regulations and punishment to dog owners. Facilities and systems for owners to train their dogs appropriately will also be needed. < 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >