The abiding memory that many would remind, if familiar to my neighboring village places, is that dogs were less valued, sometimes despised. It happened that when someone was called a “dog”, the name was seemingly referring to irresponsibility, weakness, ignorance…, a type of an insult. However, if you can recall, most of these dogs were so clever and extraordinary brilliant. It needs simply looking at the way dogs performed their duties of hunting down animals. This was a quite impressive task to be remarked showing their ability to do different things if trained for.
It was as recent as I used to meet people walking alongside their dogs that my memory started to think about my experience. As you may know, it is quite regular in some places of the world to meet people playing enthusiastically with their own dogs or carrying them into vehicles. Surprisingly, some of these dogs can perform, beyond imagination, likely sophisticated duties such as hunting down smugglers and drugs trafficking etc. They are able even to determine areas where mines have been laid down to the extent of human specialists into the domain. That is, dogs’ performance is stretched into training, growing through experience.
When young, my friends and I used to hunt down partridges, to a lesser extent, small wild animals. In some cases, we had witnessed, during transhumance period, these activities by watching how it went on to stalk wild animals by using dogs. My personal experience is that these dogs were very intelligent as we could initiate hunting down and seizure partridges with small dogs. The process of learning as well as determining the presence and partridges’ path had to go through dealing once with throwing stones to birds. By following the stone thrown, a dog sees a bird flying and could start watching it until the dog realizes that it’s being told to go after the bird. It was a nice mood for young people, especially as it could become an alternative occupation instead of schooling. The reader reminds that schooling had, specifically in my village, few incentives around it; possibly, it wouldn’t be fair to blame young people’s attitude towards the latter.
Though hunting down animals and birds for prey purposes is against the environmental conservation, there seemed to be a loophole of environmental public policy during that period. It is even possible that these activities are yet underway as a result of the previous reason or enforcement mechanisms. Responsible of establishing public policies are the one to be questioned at the first level, my friends, neighbors and I at the next one.
Back to dogs’ performances, it stresses that those trained in chasing animals have the same abilities to hunt down drug smugglers, minerals illegal trafficking probably and even detecting different explosives that went widespread by wars’ related consequences. Nonetheless, the achievement and reorientation depend on the will of the dog owner, his compliance and enforcement mechanisms of policies, regulations and laws. Therefore, it can be drawn that if trained dogs can do things differently, human beings would unlikely escape to the rule.
Consequently, those individuals, public officials and so forth trained into smuggling, embezzlement and bribing have ‘necessarily’ to do so. On the other hands, those who find themselves within a frame that obstruct them to involving into these misbehaviors would likely embrace the move. It has mostly to do with the choice of a decision maker rather than skin color or belonging to a particular location of this planet. It requires also putting in place laws, regulations, policies and enforcement mechanisms coupled with engagement from the decision makers to stand as a role model. Hence, don’t firstly blame my participation during the hunt of partridges or having watched the chase of animals; rather, consider who is the first responsible. Meanwhile, there is a possibility of applying the reasoning when trying to find levels of responsibility of embezzlement, corruption and injustice. Maybe, the one you regularly meet might have been told to rely on “Article 15, debrouille-toi”; a self-surviving slogan within the Congolese society. Your viewpoint can convince me either way.
Ntanyoma R. Delphin
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