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11 October, 2013

MR R.H. COOK (Kwinana — Deputy Leader of the Opposition) [4.06 pm]: […] As a child in Perth, I grew up in fear of my life around greyhounds, because they were muzzled when they were on the street. I thought they would tear my throat out when I was a kid because they were clearly dangerous looking dogs. I thought that because they had a muzzle on they must have been dangerous and that they were intrinsically dangerous. Now even the member for Gosnells has a greyhound and they are the fashionable pet of the month, particularly through the adoption scheme. Therefore, we cannot say that aggression is part of the intrinsic nature of a breed. I remember that Rottweilers were the aggressive dogs of the 1980s and now they are supposed to be cuddly kids. Perhaps next month it will be labradors—golden retrievers. They are particularly aggressive little buggers!

Mr W.J. Johnston: Labradoodles!

Mr R.H. COOK: Labradoodles look aggressive to me.

Mr D.A. Templeman: Especially the member for Cannington’s; it is as vicious as anything!

Mr W.J. Johnston: No, it is my son’s dog!

Mr R.H. COOK: It is the member for Cannington’s son’s dog!

Any dog that has such poor taste in hairdo must be aggressive by the extension of this sort of logic!

Subject: Dog Amendment Bill 2013 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 8 August 2013

Hansard reference: p. 3123 [online (pdf)]


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