by Dr. Karolina Westlund
Recently there was a video post in my Facebook feed that caught my attention.
Typically, on Facebook, I’m a bit of a lurker. I’m not very active, and when I do watch videos I often don’t share, like or comment – even when perhaps I should.
This time, I watched, feeling my jaw gradually dropping in disbelief, and then I actually left a comment.
And that was it.
I know, kinda lame.
But I didn’t have time for an essay, and then I was flooded by the rest of the FB flow, so the film slipped to the back of my mind – where it’s been festering.
A few weeks ago, I wrote that I was speechless. But in the time that’s gone by, I’ve realized that I should do the opposite.
I should speak up.
I figure, if people don’t realize that using punishment in animal training has the potential of being extremely problematic, they need to be informed.
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Thanks to Dr. Karolina Westlund for giving BARKS Magazine permission to link to her original blog post.