At various anime conventions I have seen people leading other people around on leashes, even one girl leading a boy on a leash. Since I was at conventions and the people were in costume, I merely thought they were acting out some role and never thought too hard on it.
As a wide ranging reader with a certain awareness of some guy named de Sade plus getting my face rubbed in this stuff again by the Ghost series of books by John Ringo, I knew in reality there were some who really go in for this kind of thing. Heck I survived watching Eyes Wide Shut which is all about a private club for depravity. So I guess I should not be puzzled when I read news stories like this one from England. But I am since this was in the public square.
It seems 19 year old Tasha Maltby got booted off a bus because the bus driver was concerned for her safety. Tasha was wearing a leash you see and the driver was fearful it may get caught on something. Alas the driver was hasty in choice of words when kicking Tasha off so the bus company has profusely apologised to Tasha and asks her in the future not to board a bus wearing her leash.
Her 25 year old owner, that is all I am going to call him since to call him her fiance is to demean that word, likes her to act animalistic. He keeps her as his pet. And it seems Tasha, a child of the government handout, is very happy to be a pet since it means she is taken care of. There are so many questions to ask about this. Since Tasha is a pet, does that mean her owner goes into the polling booth to tell her how to vote? Does he clip her nails and get her chew-toys? And what happens if in a few years he grows tired of her and abandons her, is there a society for the prevention of cruelty to human pets? What would Harriet Tubman or John Brown or even Wilberforce have to say on this, on the subject of willing human bondage?
As you can see, this leaves me with far more questions than answers.