by James Buchanan
Count Dankula was just heavily fined ($1,100 not to mention legal costs) for training his girlfriend’s pug to give a Nazi salute. A BBC news article reports “A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been fined £800.”
“Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as “Sieg Heil” by raising its paw.”
“The clip was viewed more than three million times on YouTube.”
“Meechan, of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, was sentenced at Airdrie Sheriff Court after being found guilty of committing a hate crime last month.”
“He had denied any wrong-doing and insisted he made the video, which was posted in April 2016, to annoy his girlfriend.”
Even if you accept the idea that “hate crime” laws are OK, then how do you tell the difference between someone who is making a joke and someone who is disparaging different races? Doesn’t that mean the courts will be deciding what you were thinking as well as criminalizing those thoughts?
Curiously in Nazi Germany’s ally, Finland, a similar case was brought up, but the complaint was that the dog was “mocking Hitler.” The Finns were enthusiastic allies of the Nazis, painting swastikas on many of their armored vehicles and aircraft. But apparently there was more free speech in Nazi circles than in Britain today as the case in Finland was dropped.
A BBC article from 2011 reported “A Finnish dog which gave Nazi salutes so annoyed Germany’s World War II government that it launched a campaign against its owner.”
“Tor Borg’s wife had reportedly given Jackie the nickname Hitler – saying the dog’s strange way of raising its paw and barking reminded her of the Fuhrer…”
“But in March 1941, the Chancellory decided that ‘considering that the circumstances could not be solved completely, it is not necessary to press charges’…”
Perhaps the Nazis realized how ridiculous it was to prosecute someone over a dog trick. Fast forward to 2018, and the politically correct police state of Britain now has a precedent of fining free speech by a dog, not to mention interpreting what is and isn’t hate speech.