I’m barking mad today. The city of Montreal, Canada has gone forward with a ban on “Pit bull” dogs. Montreal city council voted Tuesday in favor of changes to its animal control bylaw to include a ban on new ownership of pit bull & pit bull-type dogs. The final vote was 37-23 in favor of the ban. What is a “pit bull-type dog”? That’s a very broad description which could be applied arbitrarily.
The Montreal SPCA said in a statement: “If the city of Montreal truly wanted to ensure public safety, it would not have forced a rushed adoption of controversial legislation which is unfair, unenforceable & most importantly, ineffective.”
The new bylaw will apply to all 19 boroughs of Montreal & will define pit bulls as:
- Staffordshire bull terriers.
- American pit bull terriers.
- American Staffordshire terriers.
- Any mix with these breeds.
- Any dog that presents characteristics of one of those breeds. (what does that even mean?)
Those who now own a dog of those breeds & already live in Montreal will have to acquire a special permit in order to keep their pet by Dec. 31, 2016. They also must muzzle their dog if they go out anywhere, regardless of the dog’s age.
BSL legislation is based in ignorance. These laws are founded in lazy thinking & cold indifference. A dog is a dog. C-TAG is a proven viable alternative which should be adopted everywhere.
My heart goes out to the people of Montreal who’s dogs are now at risk simply because of how they look. End BSL everywhere.
CEO Olivia ❤
Last week we posted about Hank. He’s a puppy in Belfast, Northern Ireland who has been taken from his family & is to be euthanized because he looks like a pit bull. This is appalling. He’s just a puppy.
Hank has a petition going with over 250,000 signatures & growing. He has some celebrities in the United Kingdom championing his cause as well. But it seems the Belfast Town council remains indifferent & wants him killed.
Hank is due to be assessed this week ( How & by who? The authorities won’t say). His family is not being told where Hanks is being held nor are they allowed to visit him.
The Belfast city council have informed the family that they will not discuss anything relating to Hank with them. All communication must go through their solicitor. This seems like bullying to me. The backwards thinking & ignorance of this city’s council members is disgraceful.
Please take a moment to visit Hank’s page on Facebook. Sign the petition to help this innocent puppy & his family. Please also take a moment to find how you can do something to end BSL (breed specific legislation) where you live. There is a viable, proven alternative, called the “Canine Threat Assessment Guide”, or C-TAG. Australia has already adopted it, but it should be applied everywhere. Dogs should not be at risk simply because of their appearance. A dog is a dog.
CEO Olivia ❤
I get barking mad when I hear about a dog being condemned simply because of it’s breed. I came across a petition to save a dog in Belfast, Ireland named Hank, who has been taken from his home & is going to be killed simply because he looks like a pit bull.
This mindless bureaucracy must end. There is BSL (breed specific legislation) in many countries all over the world. Dog are killed by authorities simply because they are of a specific breed or worse, they simply look like a specific breed. This is cruel & backwards.
There is a viable, proven alternative. It’s called the “Canine Threat Assessment Guide”, or C-TAG. Australia has already adopted it, but it should be applied everywhere. Dogs should not be at risk simply because of their appearance. I urge everyone to write your local government representative & tell them that C-TAG is better than BSL. It saves innocent lives.
Please sign the petition to help Hank & save his family from heartache.
Petition for Hank at Change.org
Petition for Hank at Justgiving.com
You can read more at Save Hank on Facebook
CEO Olivia ❤