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Dangerous dogs are a menace. But the rest of the species are bloody annoying too.
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Great article, Mehdi. Dogs are horrible, servile, beasts and their owners are evidently the kind of people who like servile company – "unconditional love," they call it. They're four footed slaves who suck up to their masters, which is the lowest kind of slave of all.
"It is indeed true that Muslims and dogs don't mix" - that shows good taste on their part.
"Not even cats which the Prophet Muhammad is alleged to have adored." – that shows good taste on his part. I love the story that he cut off his sleeve rather than disturb a cat that was lying on it.
Thank you for a brilliant defence of dogs and their owners and a comprehensive explanation as to why humans are so attached to dogs. You may also have a point as to something being psychologically wrong with someone who hates dogs. It could also be from a past traumatic experience as someone else suggested.
Those who hate dogs don't know what they are missing.
Thanks for your kind words Daniele, I appreciate it.
(By the way, it's just "Jai". I have no idea why this website randomly replaced my username with something else in my original post).
Britain has a dog and cat problem. I ve been driven insane by bored dogs barking, their shit on the pavement, the threat larger dogs off lead can present and the feeling that as a mere human I am second class in the eyes of the canine lovers of Kennel club vintage or those moronic status dog owning idiots. As for cats they extract a considerable price on wildlife. Its the fox I feel sorry for and admire the most. Its the smartest mutt around because it avoids us like the plague. Lets take up dog and cat hunting and give the fox a break for once. Only joking as I hate riots.
Haha. Someone who hates dogs as much as me.
PS By the way, you were excellent on question time with the two Kens
i have a rottweiler and they are very smart and loving. they only act bad when you teach them to be bad. if you were to raise one yourself you would see where I'm coming from. DON'T HATE THE BREED HATE THE BREEDER!!!!
Given his dislike of animals, as previously expressed, I wonder what Mehdi Hassan’s take would be on the famous paragraph at the end of “The Origin of Species” would be then?
You know, the one that considers an entangled bank?
This idiot is effectively saying that ecology, botany and zoology, and the interconnected webs of life, in all its diversity has no value. AT ALL.
But, then he's a religious believer, so science has no value either.....
^What Mehdi said - with knobs on.
I've always thought of dog owners as being like smokers. Their pleasure impacts on other people. You get those who do it with consideration at all times, and those who don't. A bit more self-awareness from the "he's only being friendly" brigade would be a big step forward.
Mind you, I thought we were actually seeing a slight decrease in dog ownership. Only anecdotal natch, but you seem to see a lot less of them about than you used to twenty or thirty years back, no?
Thanks for the view. What a rant indeed. I respect your point of view, but clearly there are many great things about dogs and dog owners that have been mentioned by the comments. Before you agree to disagree Mehdi...
Stats used for injuries, costs and one off cases should be analysed with care. After all the same debate can be had with 'cars' 'DYI' and finally (rather appropriately) 'Deserts'
Dogs are great, Mehdi's article is really unfair on good people who own dogs regardless of political persuasion. I always disliked dogs as a child, as an adult i have realised all the positive things a dog brings to your life. The original article is snide and crass, i know someone who owns a tortoise and she is very conservative.
What a dismal and obnoxious little rant Mehdi matey u r one sick puppy.I also think u speak with forked tongue: 'Islamophobic'or not I can well believe that your ire against our canine comrades is based on Koranic injunction. The Prophet Mohammed stated that dogs are unclean and should not be kept in the house. He said Dog saliver is unhygenic and if a dog drinks out of a bowel used by humans then it should be washed 7 times. Good advice but then he goes on to contradict himself by saying using dogs for hunting is ok, just one of the many glaring inconsistancies found not only in the Koran but in all the holy books of the Abrahamic Monotheistic faiths.
Unlike the Buddhists, Hindus and Animists who revere nature and animals these monotheists in their ascendancy and disharmony with nature have rendered many species extinct and are in the process of unleashing environmental catastrophe.
Mr Hasan if it was down to me I would send you home to consider your position, I am show you will be ok the Beeb and The Grauniad would welcome your cozy fireside chats about islamophobia, and give Richard Dawkins or another militant atheist your job. New Statesman is a left wing mag and the role of the Left is to be critical and skeptical of all authority and that includes organised religious authority.
In my belief system anyone who makes the statement "I dislike all animals" is, to be polite, a sociopath (lacks empathy) and am sorry to say that no matter how many CRB checks u might have I wouldn't invite u to babysit my children :(
hahaha - great post! more please!
" " It is indeed true that Muslims"
"Speak for yourself, Mr Hasan.
When the great Sufi Master Abu Yazid al-Bestami, called Bayazid, was walking in the desert on the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj,..."
FAIZAL: Thankyou for posting this. I also heard a story about the Muslim Commander Saladin posting a Guard over a bitch about to give birth to puppies so she wouldn't get caught up in the battle. Top Geezer!
MEHDI HASAN : "Can you clear your desk out next monday morning Security will be here at 1 o clock leave your keys with the receptionist when you go."
"your P45 will follow in the post, and by the way thanks for the work you have done and best of luck in the future"
Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.