(Originally posted in the Let’s Adopt Canada daily blog on August 30, 2010 while I was heading Let’s Adopt Canada. I resigned from that position in July of 2011 to begin writing my book, and create “Everything Worth Knowing…”)
I spent the day with dogs yesterday. There is of course no place I would rather have been, but unfortunately my outing was not fun based. From around 1 p.m until after five, I spoke with pit bull owners from all over Ontario who had gathered at Coronation Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Toronto. As I said while there was laughing and music and playing with dogs, we had gathered together to support Bill 222. A bill introduced into provincial parliament by MPP Cheri DeNovo in an attempt to get the provincial government to repeal Bill 132 which was made law five years ago. Bill 132 restricted ownership of pit bull or pit bull type dogs in Ontario. Ontario’s definition of pit bull is, anyof the following:
American Staffordshire Bull Terrier or mix, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or mix, American Pit Bull or mix or dog resembling any of the above mentioned dogs or mixes thereof.
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is what the government calls it animal lovers, rescuers, and advocates call itcanine profiling. Ontario’s BSL has been responsible for the deaths of many dogs which in itself in inexcusable, but it has also been responsible for the seizure, incarceration and in some cases death of dogs that were clearly non pit breeds.
Joseph Branco learned this first hand when on January 13 of this year his 2 year old boxer/American bulldog mix Brittany was seized from his home after being erroneously identified as a pit bull. Brittany’s life was put in danger and continues to be affected by canine profiling. Branco tells us his story with the help of friend, animal rescuer, and activist Ciaron Lewis in the following video clip.
BSL leads to Canine profiling and that puts dogs lives in danger.
For more information on K9 profiling and why BSL needs to be stopped go to: stopk9profiling.com Canadians need to know what sort of threat BSL can prove to ALL breeds of dog! You owe it to yourself to check it out!
Until Tomorrow Remember,
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