On September 19, in Paris, a homeless man was brutally attacked by several people and beaten to the ground. Screaming with terror, his puppy was torn from him just as violently and they ran off.
These weren't dog thieves trying to nab and sell on a pure-bred puppy for money. They were so-called animal rights activists belonging to Cause Animale Nord, pretending to "confiscate" the puppy "for her own well-being". The man is seen abandoning all his belongings to give chase, but being deaf and mute, he can only scream which of course causes all those charmingly passive bystanders to think he's probably just drunk and truly unfit for a pet. Really, lovely how you see them all standing there, watching, how an old man is brutally getting his head lumped in and has his puppy torn from his arms.
Within 24 hours, they had put the puppy, pretentiously and cringeworthly renamed VEGAN, up for adoption. They claimed she had been drugged and abused, so I find it kind of questionable to assess her as fit for adoption and needing no further supervision after only 24 hours. Conclusion: all of this was pure malice for drama value and attention. Create a bad world where there isn't one so more people donate, go vegan, whatever. Nobody was helped. No world became a better place. A disabled homeless man - who probably had no idea he could get beaten any lower by life's injustices - and a puppy got traumatized.
Locals said they knew the man to be a loving dog owner. He'd cared for his previous dog until it died of old age (15). He got the puppy from neighboring people as a gift to comfort him. Those animalists had accused him of using her for begging and planning to ditch her once she got too big to be cute. Because, "he's gypsy". First of all, it's racist to judge a person for their ethnicity, and second, he's Romanian. Either way: irrelevant. He took good enough care of the puppy and those violent criminals had no business taking her. They proudly said: "If police won't act, we will". Welcome to the jungle.
Luckily, people behind a computer screen are less cowardly than those bySTANDERS, and the video sparked an outrage. Pressure has ultimately prompted the president of the "organization" - of violent criminals, mind you - to "reconsider" and return the dog. He claims it's because her papers checked out and the man is not, as he had been baselessly accused of, drugging and exploiting the dog. Baselessly. Need me to spell that out? B A S E L... you get the point.
What shocks me, is how apparently it's okay for this to be those criminals' call to make. Why hasn't the law rushed in, taken the dog, and shut them down? This is like a car thief saying, "Okay, guess the owner really does have a driver's license, so I'm returning the car". NO! I want these people closed down and prosecuted. Anyway. Here's the article.
Article (in French):