Abundance of pets is becoming a pest

The Argus: Abundance of pets is becoming a pest Abundance of pets is becoming a pest

The British are well known for liking animals, in some cases more than humans, but in cities such as Brighton and Hove it has been taken too far.

More and more pets are being given homes in the city by residents, adding to wildlife which has been driven from the sterile countryside into urban areas.

Since the dog licence was regrettably abolished many years ago, it has been difficult to estimate how many pooches there are in Britain but numbers could exceed six million.

Cats are even harder to count but there are probably more, perhaps eight million and with numbers rising quickly.

I appreciate how devoted many owners are to their pets and how much joy they derive from them. But do we need to have so many in a crowded city which lacks open space, especially in the centre?

Dogs are by far the biggest problem. At their worst they can and do occasionally kill people, particularly young children.

Most adults would stand little chance in warding off a large, fierce hound and even small dogs are capable of inflicting nasty bites.

Except when on leads, which too often they are not in towns, dogs tend to rear up at strangers and this can be frightening, particularly for kids.

I can recall as a child meeting dogs that stood higher on four legs than I did on two and their attentions were not welcome.

Although many owners clear up mess on pavements and in parks, many do not, especially in the winter when it is dark.

Even if they do take the poo away, the ground has been soiled and the bagged mess is frequently dumped in the nearest domestic dustbin, which all too often is mine.

Few dogs are given enough exercise and spend most of their days cooped up in cars or small flats. No wonder some of them are so manic when they are taken out for a poop in the park.

A revived licence fee ranging from £50 a year for a chihuahua to £1,000 for a St Bernard would reduce numbers and bring in money to sanitise parks, banning dogs from all but special areas where they could have a run.

I used to like cats for their cussed independence and they are the only domestic animal whose role as pets does not involve some restriction or even cruelty. But they are overpopulating most areas with small gardens, which includes most of Brighton and Hove.

I was always told they are clean animals which bury their poo but they tend to use other people’s gardens as lavatories, often rooting out bulbs while doing so.

When they come and sit on your lap, I often think of how unhygienic they are with their unwashed bottoms and fur cleaned with glistening spit.

They are also the main killers of wild birds, probably more than 20 million a year, and no one who loves birds should own a cat.

Because they are stuffed full of cat food, most felines will not even bother to catch mice or rats, which could be useful for owners.

Keeping wild birds in cages is not practised much these days but it seems equally cruel to confine parrots and budgies. The same applies to rabbits and hamsters, while if they are kept out, they prove even less continent than dogs and cats.

We are also upsetting many wild animals by destroying their habitats in the countryside through use of excessive fertilisers and brutal hedge cutting, even today.

The result is that the more cunning creatures such as foxes are increasingly living in towns while the slower, less adroit ones like hedgehogs get run over.

Many foxes have adapted well to urban life. The other night in North Street, Brighton, I saw a fox sauntering along the pavement without a care in the world.

Much the same happens to birds, with songbirds declining in numbers while scavengers like magpies and seagulls thrive.

Seagulls and foxes are adept at breaking open bags of refuse and scattering the contents all over roads. One advantage of ugly wheelie bins is that they largely prevent this.

I like many animals and do not eat them, unlike many owners. But there are so many they have become a real nuisance.

It does not take long for pets to become pests.

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5:43am Wed 5 Feb 14

Bahw01 says...

What a pointless article, I'm more concerned about badly behaved kids and drunken idiots are more of a pest problem in brighton and hove
What a pointless article, I'm more concerned about badly behaved kids and drunken idiots are more of a pest problem in brighton and hove Bahw01

6:00am Wed 5 Feb 14

menowhere says...

dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)
dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :) menowhere

6:28am Wed 5 Feb 14

freebie22 says...

really? do behave animals are some peoples only source of comfort, I feel very sorry for the author of this article, they have never enjoyed the many pleasures sharing your life with a pet can bring. Try it you may find you like it.
really? do behave animals are some peoples only source of comfort, I feel very sorry for the author of this article, they have never enjoyed the many pleasures sharing your life with a pet can bring. Try it you may find you like it. freebie22

6:33am Wed 5 Feb 14

freebie22 says...

Really? a pet is some peoples only source of comfort. I really think the author should give it a try they might find that they like it, it would certainly make them think twice about the silly comments they have made. Sharing your life with a pet is one of the most rewarding and stimulating things you can do. go on give it a go grumpy
Really? a pet is some peoples only source of comfort. I really think the author should give it a try they might find that they like it, it would certainly make them think twice about the silly comments they have made. Sharing your life with a pet is one of the most rewarding and stimulating things you can do. go on give it a go grumpy freebie22

6:34am Wed 5 Feb 14

spaceman1 says...

Well thats a bit dramatic i have a dog and four guinea pigs I really didn't realise how much danger I put my seven year old in on a daily basis BEWARE THE kILLER GUINEA PIGS ha ha
Well thats a bit dramatic i have a dog and four guinea pigs I really didn't realise how much danger I put my seven year old in on a daily basis BEWARE THE kILLER GUINEA PIGS ha ha spaceman1

6:49am Wed 5 Feb 14

CivicMan says...

What a very bizarre article - I think AT used to be on safer ground writing about politics.
What a very bizarre article - I think AT used to be on safer ground writing about politics. CivicMan

7:09am Wed 5 Feb 14

brightonpip says...

What is this doing on the front page? Has there been a spate of vicious dog and cat attacks overnight? I admit the seagulls sound a bit restless today but I assumed it was just a bit windy for them. My parents kept me on a lead as a toddler but, like the dog license, that practice has sadly gone.
What is this doing on the front page? Has there been a spate of vicious dog and cat attacks overnight? I admit the seagulls sound a bit restless today but I assumed it was just a bit windy for them. My parents kept me on a lead as a toddler but, like the dog license, that practice has sadly gone. brightonpip

7:11am Wed 5 Feb 14

jnicho02 says...

The Argus, where the trolls write the articles
The Argus, where the trolls write the articles jnicho02

7:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

Boloney-marshal says...

Cutting edge journalism... It's always reference to Brighton and Hove as though this city is the most important place in the solar system.

If this is the best you can do Argus, then I suggest your deskbound journalists either get on their bikes to find newsworthy stories further afield or stop hawking your rag in the surrounding areas.

And less about football would make a few people happy...nobody cares!
Cutting edge journalism... It's always reference to Brighton and Hove as though this city is the most important place in the solar system. If this is the best you can do Argus, then I suggest your deskbound journalists either get on their bikes to find newsworthy stories further afield or stop hawking your rag in the surrounding areas. And less about football would make a few people happy...nobody cares! Boloney-marshal

7:27am Wed 5 Feb 14

HJarrs says...

Trimmo is definitely getting more unhinged. Obviously trod in something! Are more and more pets being given homes in the city? Where is the evidence? Maybe a dog license has merit, but £50 for a titch and £1000 for a St Bernard is barmy. You don't pay a £1000 vehicle excise duty for a monsterous 4x4 and that is far more antisocial than a big dog.

I am not a pet owner and would ideally like to see a steady reduction in the number of pets (cats have eradicated bird life by me), but I would not deny that they bring great joy to owners. In my area, hundreds of dog owners are responsible and treat their animals and their neighbourhood with great respect. All the dog mess is down to just one or two individuals that spoil it for everyone else.
Trimmo is definitely getting more unhinged. Obviously trod in something! Are more and more pets being given homes in the city? Where is the evidence? Maybe a dog license has merit, but £50 for a titch and £1000 for a St Bernard is barmy. You don't pay a £1000 vehicle excise duty for a monsterous 4x4 and that is far more antisocial than a big dog. I am not a pet owner and would ideally like to see a steady reduction in the number of pets (cats have eradicated bird life by me), but I would not deny that they bring great joy to owners. In my area, hundreds of dog owners are responsible and treat their animals and their neighbourhood with great respect. All the dog mess is down to just one or two individuals that spoil it for everyone else. HJarrs

7:29am Wed 5 Feb 14

twonk says...

menowhere wrote:
dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)
I've never seen people crap on the pavements.
[quote][p][bold]menowhere[/bold] wrote: dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)[/p][/quote]I've never seen people crap on the pavements. twonk

7:32am Wed 5 Feb 14

brightonpip says...

HJarrs wrote:
Trimmo is definitely getting more unhinged. Obviously trod in something! Are more and more pets being given homes in the city? Where is the evidence? Maybe a dog license has merit, but £50 for a titch and £1000 for a St Bernard is barmy. You don't pay a £1000 vehicle excise duty for a monsterous 4x4 and that is far more antisocial than a big dog.

I am not a pet owner and would ideally like to see a steady reduction in the number of pets (cats have eradicated bird life by me), but I would not deny that they bring great joy to owners. In my area, hundreds of dog owners are responsible and treat their animals and their neighbourhood with great respect. All the dog mess is down to just one or two individuals that spoil it for everyone else.
Indeed, my first thought was this whole piece could be replaced by "i trod in some dog **** yesterday."
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Trimmo is definitely getting more unhinged. Obviously trod in something! Are more and more pets being given homes in the city? Where is the evidence? Maybe a dog license has merit, but £50 for a titch and £1000 for a St Bernard is barmy. You don't pay a £1000 vehicle excise duty for a monsterous 4x4 and that is far more antisocial than a big dog. I am not a pet owner and would ideally like to see a steady reduction in the number of pets (cats have eradicated bird life by me), but I would not deny that they bring great joy to owners. In my area, hundreds of dog owners are responsible and treat their animals and their neighbourhood with great respect. All the dog mess is down to just one or two individuals that spoil it for everyone else.[/p][/quote]Indeed, my first thought was this whole piece could be replaced by "i trod in some dog **** yesterday." brightonpip

7:33am Wed 5 Feb 14

brightonpip says...

twonk wrote:
menowhere wrote:
dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)
I've never seen people crap on the pavements.
Really? Not even on west street?
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]menowhere[/bold] wrote: dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)[/p][/quote]I've never seen people crap on the pavements.[/p][/quote]Really? Not even on west street? brightonpip

7:39am Wed 5 Feb 14

twosugars says...

This from the same troll who did a completely unwarranted hatchet job on Sir Patrick Moore shortly after his death, slating him for his inability to ride a bicycle and his taste in music among other things (argus december 19th 2012)

Adam trimingham obviously loves himself far too much to have any affection to spare for a furry companion
This from the same troll who did a completely unwarranted hatchet job on Sir Patrick Moore shortly after his death, slating him for his inability to ride a bicycle and his taste in music among other things (argus december 19th 2012) Adam trimingham obviously loves himself far too much to have any affection to spare for a furry companion twosugars

8:33am Wed 5 Feb 14

Ali111 says...

Does anyone know where I might go in order to get some local news online? What I'd like to hear about ideally, would be things that have happened in Brighton, written about in a well balanced way by journalists who adhere to industry standards. The article above is the incontinent rambling of a man who, although at liberty to hold an opinion about the subject, ought not to be passing it off as a news article, let alone something of "front page" relevance. What piffle...The people of Brighton deserve better than this.
Does anyone know where I might go in order to get some local news online? What I'd like to hear about ideally, would be things that have happened in Brighton, written about in a well balanced way by journalists who adhere to industry standards. The article above is the incontinent rambling of a man who, although at liberty to hold an opinion about the subject, ought not to be passing it off as a news article, let alone something of "front page" relevance. What piffle...The people of Brighton deserve better than this. Ali111

8:34am Wed 5 Feb 14

Take it Personally says...

Adam Trimingham has a beard -says it all
Adam Trimingham has a beard -says it all Take it Personally

9:04am Wed 5 Feb 14

menowhere says...

twonk wrote:
menowhere wrote:
dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)
I've never seen people crap on the pavements.
I unfortunately have the pleasure of working around traveller sites in sussex. come and join me for a shift or 2 im sure I can change that for you :)
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]menowhere[/bold] wrote: dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)[/p][/quote]I've never seen people crap on the pavements.[/p][/quote]I unfortunately have the pleasure of working around traveller sites in sussex. come and join me for a shift or 2 im sure I can change that for you :) menowhere

9:08am Wed 5 Feb 14

twigley says...

Although I have no issues with pet ownership as I appreciate pets can be good company and get people out and about, I do have concerns about the environmental impact of multiple dog ownership. It is well documented that the carbon footprint of a medium sized dog is similar to running a medium sized car, dogs being primarily meat eaters. Given this, maybe restricting dog ownership to one might be sensible. It could even be that we could meet our carbon emission quotas this way.
Although I have no issues with pet ownership as I appreciate pets can be good company and get people out and about, I do have concerns about the environmental impact of multiple dog ownership. It is well documented that the carbon footprint of a medium sized dog is similar to running a medium sized car, dogs being primarily meat eaters. Given this, maybe restricting dog ownership to one might be sensible. It could even be that we could meet our carbon emission quotas this way. twigley

9:15am Wed 5 Feb 14

Totally Provincial says...

An abundance of Adam Trimingham drivel is making The Argus look totally disconnected from reality - high time Trimingham was pensioned off....surely he could more appropriately be occupied as a neighbourhood watch busybody or a UKIP activist?
An abundance of Adam Trimingham drivel is making The Argus look totally disconnected from reality - high time Trimingham was pensioned off....surely he could more appropriately be occupied as a neighbourhood watch busybody or a UKIP activist? Totally Provincial

9:18am Wed 5 Feb 14

power_ranger says...

Abundance of intolerance is becoming a pest.
Abundance of intolerance is becoming a pest. power_ranger

9:22am Wed 5 Feb 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

A dearth of informative and objective reported news is becoming a pest.
A dearth of informative and objective reported news is becoming a pest. The Prophet of Doom

9:22am Wed 5 Feb 14

Juleyanne says...

What planet or medication is this poor deluded man on! If this article does not clearly indicate that Mr T is losing his marbles and perhaps needs to retire, then nothing does! The article was disjointed and rambling and swung from his obsessive fear of animals somehow polluting our city and ridiculous claims that all dogs jump up and scare people. (No, Mr Trimmington, a few dogs might do this, not all). To pussycats almost forming gangs and taking over our dwindling green residential spaces and doing what comes naturally, defecating. Oh come on Mr Trimmington, perhaps you have been watching too many sci fi movies! I do agree however, that some dogs kept in small properties might not get enough exercise and caged birds in my opinion are unethical and little cruel. I also agree that our songbirds are declining due to the stripping of hedgerows, trees and fauna and the overuse of damaging chemicals by farmers and some gardeners and cat attacks. I do however, fear you are fast becoming a little germ obsessed and a wee bit extreme in your claims that pets are taking over our city. The reality, Mr Trimmington is it is humans that are taking over our green spaces and creating pollution with litter and chemicals, leaving our animal friends with less and less territory to explore. This is forcing our wildlife to adapt to our environment rather than what nature originally intended. As for domestic pets, perhaps Mr T you need to do some more research as to the appalling obstacles they face in our world today which include greedy backyard breeders, thousands of abandoned pets due to pet unfriendly landlords and letting agents and 'bursting at the seams animal shelters',spiralling veterinary bills and rip off pet insurance policies, dwindling green spaces and attitudes of people such as yourself. Pets and wildlife have every right to share this planet with us. Thankfully, the majority of us love our pets and anyone coming forward to an animal sanctuary to offer a good home to an abandoned pet rather than put money in the pockets of 'quick buck' backyard breeders should be highly commended. As you had to admit yourself, pets bring loyal companionship to many In an increasingly isolated world where many often pseudo friendships stem mainly through the internet. A sterile animal free world is not a world I, or the vast majority of people want to live in Mr T.
What planet or medication is this poor deluded man on! If this article does not clearly indicate that Mr T is losing his marbles and perhaps needs to retire, then nothing does! The article was disjointed and rambling and swung from his obsessive fear of animals somehow polluting our city and ridiculous claims that all dogs jump up and scare people. (No, Mr Trimmington, a few dogs might do this, not all). To pussycats almost forming gangs and taking over our dwindling green residential spaces and doing what comes naturally, defecating. Oh come on Mr Trimmington, perhaps you have been watching too many sci fi movies! I do agree however, that some dogs kept in small properties might not get enough exercise and caged birds in my opinion are unethical and little cruel. I also agree that our songbirds are declining due to the stripping of hedgerows, trees and fauna and the overuse of damaging chemicals by farmers and some gardeners and cat attacks. I do however, fear you are fast becoming a little germ obsessed and a wee bit extreme in your claims that pets are taking over our city. The reality, Mr Trimmington is it is humans that are taking over our green spaces and creating pollution with litter and chemicals, leaving our animal friends with less and less territory to explore. This is forcing our wildlife to adapt to our environment rather than what nature originally intended. As for domestic pets, perhaps Mr T you need to do some more research as to the appalling obstacles they face in our world today which include greedy backyard breeders, thousands of abandoned pets due to pet unfriendly landlords and letting agents and 'bursting at the seams animal shelters',spiralling veterinary bills and rip off pet insurance policies, dwindling green spaces and attitudes of people such as yourself. Pets and wildlife have every right to share this planet with us. Thankfully, the majority of us love our pets and anyone coming forward to an animal sanctuary to offer a good home to an abandoned pet rather than put money in the pockets of 'quick buck' backyard breeders should be highly commended. As you had to admit yourself, pets bring loyal companionship to many In an increasingly isolated world where many often pseudo friendships stem mainly through the internet. A sterile animal free world is not a world I, or the vast majority of people want to live in Mr T. Juleyanne

10:01am Wed 5 Feb 14

Gottosay says...

I'm personally troubled by the abundance of moronic (alleged) journalists who live in the city and write such absurd articles that are considered by their editors as choice. I despair of the poor quality of writing that passes for 'news'
I'm personally troubled by the abundance of moronic (alleged) journalists who live in the city and write such absurd articles that are considered by their editors as choice. I despair of the poor quality of writing that passes for 'news' Gottosay

10:18am Wed 5 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

I disagree with this article certainly in my area of HOVE we don't have that many dogs in fact the vast majority of buildings don't allow them.In B&H we have loads of green areas to exercise animals.We DONT have a dog problem here in brighton and the vast majority of dog keepers clean up after there animals,unlike the mess humans make on our streets and beaches.
I disagree with this article certainly in my area of HOVE we don't have that many dogs in fact the vast majority of buildings don't allow them.In B&H we have loads of green areas to exercise animals.We DONT have a dog problem here in brighton and the vast majority of dog keepers clean up after there animals,unlike the mess humans make on our streets and beaches. clubrob6

10:28am Wed 5 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Ah well, it is his opinion and he is entitled to it ... unsubstantiated as the numbers quoted are and as exaggerated as his assertions may be.
Ah well, it is his opinion and he is entitled to it ... unsubstantiated as the numbers quoted are and as exaggerated as his assertions may be. mimseycal

10:28am Wed 5 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Adam Trimingham has always come across as a nasty piece of work and this article confirms it.

Isn't it high time he was pensioned off as he must be well past retirement age looking at him and the enormous number of decades he's been on the Argus staff?

What a shame this gormless oaf has to write such a horrible article when animal rescue centres are desperate for people to give animals homes and so many are being killed due to a lack of homes.

Adam T' has obviously never had a pet - which is a shame as he might be a nicer, better person if he had of been given that happiness as a child.

Go and do us all a favour Adam T' - move away from Brighton and retire to the Outer Hebrides.
Adam Trimingham has always come across as a nasty piece of work and this article confirms it. Isn't it high time he was pensioned off as he must be well past retirement age looking at him and the enormous number of decades he's been on the Argus staff? What a shame this gormless oaf has to write such a horrible article when animal rescue centres are desperate for people to give animals homes and so many are being killed due to a lack of homes. Adam T' has obviously never had a pet - which is a shame as he might be a nicer, better person if he had of been given that happiness as a child. Go and do us all a favour Adam T' - move away from Brighton and retire to the Outer Hebrides. getThisCoalitionOut

10:57am Wed 5 Feb 14

andrewedmondson says...

The problem is mainly with inconsiderate owners. The great number of pets mean that there is a sizeable number of owners who behave in an anti-social way, just as in other walks of life.

How many barking dogs does it take to drive someone mad? Just one or two. We live in a fairly noisy environment but the point is that barking is an unnecessary noise, which is why it is so annoying.

How much dog faeces are needed to make you have to watch where you tread? Not many. I come from Bournemouth and Poole where there is essentially no dog-free beach. My sister lives in Birmingham, where the huge Sutton park has no dog-free area and is covered with faeces. Dog and cat faeces are a public health risk and result in serious illness. Penalties need to make sure this does not happen.

The stench of cat urine and spray is overwhelming where my mother lives. Worse than a neglected public convenience. Cats roam freely depositing their disgusting faeces wherever they wish, including my garden.

Owners happily feed their cats and dogs meat from factory farmed animals, such as rabbits. One person's pet is another's pet food. But once again, it is the manner in which it is done, i.e. thoughtlessly and unnecessarily (probably to save money). And hidden from public scrutiny, as is most other animal suffering.

The article is about the density of pets in Brighton. This is clearly a problem. But there would be much less of a problem if all owners were responsible, which they are not. Being neighbourly doesn't come naturally to some people, which is why we need laws. Just as with speed limits, there needs to be laws with teeth to control the irresponsible few pet owners. Licenses with DNA are a good idea. As usual though, the well-behaved majority of pet owners would have to pay for the actions of the few. But that's part of living in a civilised society.
The problem is mainly with inconsiderate owners. The great number of pets mean that there is a sizeable number of owners who behave in an anti-social way, just as in other walks of life. How many barking dogs does it take to drive someone mad? Just one or two. We live in a fairly noisy environment but the point is that barking is an unnecessary noise, which is why it is so annoying. How much dog faeces are needed to make you have to watch where you tread? Not many. I come from Bournemouth and Poole where there is essentially no dog-free beach. My sister lives in Birmingham, where the huge Sutton park has no dog-free area and is covered with faeces. Dog and cat faeces are a public health risk and result in serious illness. Penalties need to make sure this does not happen. The stench of cat urine and spray is overwhelming where my mother lives. Worse than a neglected public convenience. Cats roam freely depositing their disgusting faeces wherever they wish, including my garden. Owners happily feed their cats and dogs meat from factory farmed animals, such as rabbits. One person's pet is another's pet food. But once again, it is the manner in which it is done, i.e. thoughtlessly and unnecessarily (probably to save money). And hidden from public scrutiny, as is most other animal suffering. The article is about the density of pets in Brighton. This is clearly a problem. But there would be much less of a problem if all owners were responsible, which they are not. Being neighbourly doesn't come naturally to some people, which is why we need laws. Just as with speed limits, there needs to be laws with teeth to control the irresponsible few pet owners. Licenses with DNA are a good idea. As usual though, the well-behaved majority of pet owners would have to pay for the actions of the few. But that's part of living in a civilised society. andrewedmondson

11:13am Wed 5 Feb 14

John60 says...

What a stupid article written by a prized knob! He clearly thinks he's being clever and provocative when he's really showing a lack of intelligence. A failed stupid journalist who hit his prime when he started writing for The Argus!
What a stupid article written by a prized knob! He clearly thinks he's being clever and provocative when he's really showing a lack of intelligence. A failed stupid journalist who hit his prime when he started writing for The Argus! John60

12:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

vive_et_vivat says...

Another piece of rubbish non- journalism from Mr Trimingham. I can't understand how he is still "reporting" for the Argus. He never was much good, but has now got even worse. Whilst I agree he is entitled to his opinion, surely he would be better suited to making his (unsubstantiated) comments in a more suitable role, say, factually reporting from the law courts, or council meetings? The Evening Argus used to be a very good paper, informative and interesting, for the people of Brighton. Now it is owned by a conglomerate whose sole purpose is that of a money making machine - at any cost and loss of journalistic integrity. As previous comments, I think Mr T. is well past his (journalist) sell by date.
Another piece of rubbish non- journalism from Mr Trimingham. I can't understand how he is still "reporting" for the Argus. He never was much good, but has now got even worse. Whilst I agree he is entitled to his opinion, surely he would be better suited to making his (unsubstantiated) comments in a more suitable role, say, factually reporting from the law courts, or council meetings? The Evening Argus used to be a very good paper, informative and interesting, for the people of Brighton. Now it is owned by a conglomerate whose sole purpose is that of a money making machine - at any cost and loss of journalistic integrity. As previous comments, I think Mr T. is well past his (journalist) sell by date. vive_et_vivat

12:37pm Wed 5 Feb 14

TheDrive says...

Sick of not being able to go anywhere without dogs barking, not on leads and sniffing around and generally scaring my small children. They are a complete nuisance and should be kept in the country not busy towns.
Sick of not being able to go anywhere without dogs barking, not on leads and sniffing around and generally scaring my small children. They are a complete nuisance and should be kept in the country not busy towns. TheDrive

1:13pm Wed 5 Feb 14

wendy-uk says...

It is his opinion and he is entitled to it but surely the Argus don't have to print such rubbish? Hardly high quality journalism, more a rant by a man who's obviously fed up with having doggy-doo put in his dustbin. No wonder so many people like animals better than humans if the author of this article is an example of a typical human.
It is his opinion and he is entitled to it but surely the Argus don't have to print such rubbish? Hardly high quality journalism, more a rant by a man who's obviously fed up with having doggy-doo put in his dustbin. No wonder so many people like animals better than humans if the author of this article is an example of a typical human. wendy-uk

3:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Number Six says...

To those who think AT should be pensioned off - he was. Presumably no self-respecting journalist wants to work at the Andrex so they wheel the old biddy out every so often.

He just writes this stuff to wind everybody up. He always has, it's what he does
To those who think AT should be pensioned off - he was. Presumably no self-respecting journalist wants to work at the Andrex so they wheel the old biddy out every so often. He just writes this stuff to wind everybody up. He always has, it's what he does Number Six

5:45pm Wed 5 Feb 14

KarenT says...

"When they come and sit on your lap, I often think of how unhygienic they are with their unwashed bottoms and fur cleaned with glistening spit."...

I think this guy sounds a bit paranoid. At least domestic animals actually attempt to clean themselves, unlike most of the great unwashed that I see stumbling around B&H most days. I best most of them haven't washed their bottoms for many weeks, if ever! They sure smell like that anyway...

Pets are fine when they are owned by responsible people who pick up after them when they toilet outside, and make sure they are clean and healthy and live in a similarly clean and healthy home. As always you have the low-lives who can't even clean up after themselves, let alone an animal they are meant to be responsible for. Idjits spoil everything for everyone.
"When they come and sit on your lap, I often think of how unhygienic they are with their unwashed bottoms and fur cleaned with glistening spit."... I think this guy sounds a bit paranoid. At least domestic animals actually attempt to clean themselves, unlike most of the great unwashed that I see stumbling around B&H most days. I best most of them haven't washed their bottoms for many weeks, if ever! They sure smell like that anyway... Pets are fine when they are owned by responsible people who pick up after them when they toilet outside, and make sure they are clean and healthy and live in a similarly clean and healthy home. As always you have the low-lives who can't even clean up after themselves, let alone an animal they are meant to be responsible for. Idjits spoil everything for everyone. KarenT

9:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

KarenT says...

whoee! wrote:
Juleyanne wrote:
What planet or medication is this poor deluded man on! If this article does not clearly indicate that Mr T is losing his marbles and perhaps needs to retire, then nothing does! The article was disjointed and rambling and swung from his obsessive fear of animals somehow polluting our city and ridiculous claims that all dogs jump up and scare people. (No, Mr Trimmington, a few dogs might do this, not all). To pussycats almost forming gangs and taking over our dwindling green residential spaces and doing what comes naturally, defecating. Oh come on Mr Trimmington, perhaps you have been watching too many sci fi movies! I do agree however, that some dogs kept in small properties might not get enough exercise and caged birds in my opinion are unethical and little cruel. I also agree that our songbirds are declining due to the stripping of hedgerows, trees and fauna and the overuse of damaging chemicals by farmers and some gardeners and cat attacks. I do however, fear you are fast becoming a little germ obsessed and a wee bit extreme in your claims that pets are taking over our city. The reality, Mr Trimmington is it is humans that are taking over our green spaces and creating pollution with litter and chemicals, leaving our animal friends with less and less territory to explore. This is forcing our wildlife to adapt to our environment rather than what nature originally intended. As for domestic pets, perhaps Mr T you need to do some more research as to the appalling obstacles they face in our world today which include greedy backyard breeders, thousands of abandoned pets due to pet unfriendly landlords and letting agents and 'bursting at the seams animal shelters',spiralling veterinary bills and rip off pet insurance policies, dwindling green spaces and attitudes of people such as yourself. Pets and wildlife have every right to share this planet with us. Thankfully, the majority of us love our pets and anyone coming forward to an animal sanctuary to offer a good home to an abandoned pet rather than put money in the pockets of 'quick buck' backyard breeders should be highly commended. As you had to admit yourself, pets bring loyal companionship to many In an increasingly isolated world where many often pseudo friendships stem mainly through the internet. A sterile animal free world is not a world I, or the vast majority of people want to live in Mr T.
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Why do people do that stupid "yawn' thing? If you're not interested in what someone is saying then don't read it, or stop reading it after a sentence or two, instead of reading through it and typing "yawn" or "zzzzz".... Generally you or whomever that does this is trying to discredit the poster by suggesting that they are rambling nonsensically. A weak and rude defence. And boring, rather ironically! :D (yawn zzzz.....)
[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Juleyanne[/bold] wrote: What planet or medication is this poor deluded man on! If this article does not clearly indicate that Mr T is losing his marbles and perhaps needs to retire, then nothing does! The article was disjointed and rambling and swung from his obsessive fear of animals somehow polluting our city and ridiculous claims that all dogs jump up and scare people. (No, Mr Trimmington, a few dogs might do this, not all). To pussycats almost forming gangs and taking over our dwindling green residential spaces and doing what comes naturally, defecating. Oh come on Mr Trimmington, perhaps you have been watching too many sci fi movies! I do agree however, that some dogs kept in small properties might not get enough exercise and caged birds in my opinion are unethical and little cruel. I also agree that our songbirds are declining due to the stripping of hedgerows, trees and fauna and the overuse of damaging chemicals by farmers and some gardeners and cat attacks. I do however, fear you are fast becoming a little germ obsessed and a wee bit extreme in your claims that pets are taking over our city. The reality, Mr Trimmington is it is humans that are taking over our green spaces and creating pollution with litter and chemicals, leaving our animal friends with less and less territory to explore. This is forcing our wildlife to adapt to our environment rather than what nature originally intended. As for domestic pets, perhaps Mr T you need to do some more research as to the appalling obstacles they face in our world today which include greedy backyard breeders, thousands of abandoned pets due to pet unfriendly landlords and letting agents and 'bursting at the seams animal shelters',spiralling veterinary bills and rip off pet insurance policies, dwindling green spaces and attitudes of people such as yourself. Pets and wildlife have every right to share this planet with us. Thankfully, the majority of us love our pets and anyone coming forward to an animal sanctuary to offer a good home to an abandoned pet rather than put money in the pockets of 'quick buck' backyard breeders should be highly commended. As you had to admit yourself, pets bring loyal companionship to many In an increasingly isolated world where many often pseudo friendships stem mainly through the internet. A sterile animal free world is not a world I, or the vast majority of people want to live in Mr T.[/p][/quote]Oh dear...yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz[/p][/quote]Why do people do that stupid "yawn' thing? If you're not interested in what someone is saying then don't read it, or stop reading it after a sentence or two, instead of reading through it and typing "yawn" or "zzzzz".... Generally you or whomever that does this is trying to discredit the poster by suggesting that they are rambling nonsensically. A weak and rude defence. And boring, rather ironically! :D (yawn zzzz.....) KarenT

10:14pm Wed 5 Feb 14

hoveguyactually says...

Well, I don't know what part of B & H most of you live in, but where I am, hardly a day goes by when I don't have to dodge the mess from dogs on a pavement. Obviously the fines are not heavy enough to deter so many selfish owners.
Well, I don't know what part of B & H most of you live in, but where I am, hardly a day goes by when I don't have to dodge the mess from dogs on a pavement. Obviously the fines are not heavy enough to deter so many selfish owners. hoveguyactually

11:51am Thu 6 Feb 14

Amanda Smith-Yeates says...

You fool...and the main reason i stopped buying the argus...how about an article educating people to exercise and care for their pets better?...target those who mistreat animals...id rather wake up next to my house bunny with more intelligence than yourself..maybe you are unwell to write this and therefore sympathise, BUT .how many pests in your beard??....YUK
You fool...and the main reason i stopped buying the argus...how about an article educating people to exercise and care for their pets better?...target those who mistreat animals...id rather wake up next to my house bunny with more intelligence than yourself..maybe you are unwell to write this and therefore sympathise, BUT .how many pests in your beard??....YUK Amanda Smith-Yeates

2:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Normanpjbrooks says...

Most offensive article by Adam. He just puts everyone under one umbrella and condems them for liking pets, the very same pets that afford more pleasure and comfort that some people can get from Humans. I personally am a responsible dog owner and derive hours of pleasure walking over our green and pleasant land. My wife on the other hand enjoys the company of her cats which she describes as being more loyal than the majority of people.I could list the things that I don't like about Adam, but, I do not believe I have the right to preach to him any more than I would accept that he has the right to preach to me. Suffice to say that the Adam Trimingham page is my least liked page in the newspaper.
Most offensive article by Adam. He just puts everyone under one umbrella and condems them for liking pets, the very same pets that afford more pleasure and comfort that some people can get from Humans. I personally am a responsible dog owner and derive hours of pleasure walking over our green and pleasant land. My wife on the other hand enjoys the company of her cats which she describes as being more loyal than the majority of people.I could list the things that I don't like about Adam, but, I do not believe I have the right to preach to him any more than I would accept that he has the right to preach to me. Suffice to say that the Adam Trimingham page is my least liked page in the newspaper. Normanpjbrooks

12:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

peachesncream says...

twonk wrote:
menowhere wrote:
dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)
I've never seen people crap on the pavements.
Perhaps not, but have you forgotten the case of the BHCC councillor who did just that in a microwave?
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]menowhere[/bold] wrote: dogs have better social skills than a lot of people in Brighton :)[/p][/quote]I've never seen people crap on the pavements.[/p][/quote]Perhaps not, but have you forgotten the case of the BHCC councillor who did just that in a microwave? peachesncream

6:57pm Fri 7 Feb 14

The Real Phil says...

Wow! What an amazing response to such a bland article. It's good to know that there is such a substantial source of food out there for when times get even harder.
Wow! What an amazing response to such a bland article. It's good to know that there is such a substantial source of food out there for when times get even harder. The Real Phil

5:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Eddie_Barn says...

Mr Trimmingham,
You're just a scared old man now. Stop writing this guff, and give a youngster the job. You had years as a staffer, and live a jolly life in bourgeois semi-retirement, with a company pension.

You've nothing left to say - you were rubbish at your peak ........this is just inane.
Sorry to Say.
Mr Trimmingham, You're just a scared old man now. Stop writing this guff, and give a youngster the job. You had years as a staffer, and live a jolly life in bourgeois semi-retirement, with a company pension. You've nothing left to say - you were rubbish at your peak ........this is just inane. Sorry to Say. Eddie_Barn

2:11am Wed 12 Feb 14

malanda says...

What happened o my comment?
What happened o my comment? malanda

7:13pm Thu 20 Feb 14

76robmac says...

what a prat
what a prat 76robmac

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