Food market or dog parade?

LETTER

A few weeks ago my husband and I went (as usual) to the Farmers’ Market and were disappointed to be met with seven dogs (on leads) in a group “greeting” one another, blocking the walkway. On eventually leaving, we encountered another three people walking their dogs towards the market, and I am sure there would have been more later in the morning. On consecutive Saturdays we have taken to counting the number of dogs there and it is always too many.

To us (not being “doggy” people) it was quite disconcerting to have these animals around this food area where children were eating goodies and smaller babies in pushchairs are at the level of dogs’ mouths. Great for a quick lick in passing!

Another aspect is the dogs smelling all the meat and other food and not being able to eat anything. (Cruelty to animals?)

Each time we have been this year there are more and more dogs being “paraded” at the markets, which is a concern for health and safety reasons. Someone is going to fall over one of these animals soon as they naturally pull away from their owners when they smell something new or try to make friends with another dog.

I feel very sorry for the vendors who spend many hours collecting their quality produce to give us the best fruit and vegetables and meat.

In our opinion this is no place for dogs!

Barbara & Leigh

A few weeks ago my husband and I went (as usual) to the Farmers’ Market and were disappointed to be met with seven dogs (on leads) in a group “greeting” one another, blocking the walkway. On eventually leaving, we encountered another three people walking their dogs towards the market, and I am sure there would have been more later in the morning. On consecutive Saturdays we have taken to counting the number of dogs there and it is always too many.

To us (not being “doggy” people) it was quite disconcerting to have these animals around this food area where children were eating goodies and smaller babies in pushchairs are at the level of dogs’ mouths. Great for a quick lick in passing!

Another aspect is the dogs smelling all the meat and other food and not being able to eat anything. (Cruelty to animals?)

Each time we have been this year there are more and more dogs being “paraded” at the markets, which is a concern for health and safety reasons. Someone is going to fall over one of these animals soon as they naturally pull away from their owners when they smell something new or try to make friends with another dog.

I feel very sorry for the vendors who spend many hours collecting their quality produce to give us the best fruit and vegetables and meat.

In our opinion this is no place for dogs!

Barbara & Leigh

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