Packet readers divided on beach dog ban
7:00am Sunday 14th October 2012 in News
READERS of the Packet remain divided over whether dog owners should be allowed to walk their dogs on the town’s beaches throughout the year.
A poll held on the Packet website thepacket.co.uk revealed 70 per cent of people would like to see dogs have access to the shoreline in the winter months - with 18 per cent wanting to see them allowed on all year round.
However, 30 per cent would like to see them banned throughout the year.
Many readers took the chance to have their say in the comments section of the website.
Falmouth’s Steve Eva wrote: “I totally agree with banning dogs from beaches in the summer but would have the 1st week in May rather than Easter day the starting date.
“Easter can be as early as mid March and apart from dog walkers the beaches are empty. Some cafes etc rely on these people for custom. “If somehow we had a heat wave early a local bye-law could be brought in to daily ban dogs if the beaches were crowded.
“Yes I am a dog owner and enjoy walking her on the beach.”
Mr B Taylor, of Falmouth, wrote: “I do find the dog situation in Falmouth and Cornwall very depressing.
“Not just the dog mess every few yards on the coastal path, or the little plastic bags of dog mess dangling from trees or thrown into hedges, but the way that dog owners seem to think their pets can’t be very threatening and/or dangerous to children.
“My son is terrified of dogs after being rounded on and nipped by collies (one of my least favourite breeds).
“I know people find companionship from these animals and I understand that. “My issue is that ownership is seen as some kind of ‘right’, while forgetting that there is a responsibility attached.”
Barrington Forbes-Smythe added: “Too many dog owners think strangers should somehow tolerate their dogs jumping up on them and generally bothering them, growling/barking at them, or at worst actually attacking them.
“I understand the companionship issue in owning a dog, but I've never really got why so many people seem to have a dog in order to motivate themselves to go walking in beauty spots.
“Surely these places are worth walking in in their own right, without needing the duty of exercising the pet pooch to justify it?
“There are so many people walking dogs in such places, not having one with me when I go walking almost makes me feel like some sort of weirdo outcast.
“It’s sad that we humans in modern society are sometimes so isolated that, if we didn't have our pooch to exercise, we'd have no excuse for getting out the house and would maybe become virtual recluses.”