Originally Posted by ~Jessie~
I've wondered this as well.
In most developing countries, stray dogs are everywhere and unavoidable. They'd walk right up to us in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. There were at least 10+ "resident" strays on the main beach strip in San Juan Del Sur, and most of them weren't shy.
Even in my visits to places like Ireland and Scotland, owners would walk their dogs off leash. In fact, I saw more well-behaved off leash dogs than leashed ones. Dogs off leash in public parks were VERY common. Their owners would be playing ball or frisbee with them, and they were ignored/left alone by other park-goers.
A valid point: I am phobic of spiders but they still sell: plush spiders, spiders in pet stores, fluorescent / bright light gives me a migraine, ill behaved kids (sorry but it's true) ... & i know i am not the only one who is bothered by those things ... But they are still there, those things.
Case & point? Just because a person "doesn't like" something doesn't mean it should be banned. I to have broken my fair share of laws including taking my dog to places they are "technically" not allowed.