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Old 23 March 2018, 06:40 PM
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I don't know. I don't support punishing people for speech alone in most instances. But here (and I have no idea if this came into it in the actual case) it isn't speech alone. He took actions as well. Teaching someone else's dog to react to horrific and offensive references is not just speech. I don't much like the "pets as property" legal model, but here, it seems apt enough to describe it as damaging his girlfriend's property. A bit like painting a swastika on it.

A swastika may be expression, but that doesn't make it OK to paint it on someone's house. I would be extremely upset if someone taught my dog those things, and I think there should be consequences. (Not necessarily criminal ones).
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