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Canadian Rights and Freedoms: Ontario
Pet Dogs That People Love Under Death Threats & Put Down
Ontario Bill 60 calls for the
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
to be removed from the
Dog Owners' Liability Act (DOLA).
November 18, 2009 Rally
The last legal pit bulls in Ontario sat patiently muzzled at their owners' feet at a rally demanding an end to the ban on the dogs. "It's the deed not the breed," New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo said.
Member of Provincial Parliament, Cheri DiNovo, introduced a private member's bill to repeal the breed discriminatory portions of the Dog Owner's Liability Act, Monday, May 10, 2010.
Hershey's Bill 60 aims to remove the portion of the Dog Owner's Liability Act that single out and prohibit ownership of "pit bull" type dogs in Ontario. Best Friends encourages Ontario residents to contact your Member of Provincial Parliament to encourage support for Hershey's Bill 60. A recent study commissioned by the Toronto, ON Humane Society, shows the ineffectiveness of the breed discriminatory legislation in Ontario.
38:1 Bill 132, Public Safety Related to Dogs
Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005
to increase public safety in relation to dogs, including pit bulls,
and to make related amendments to the Animals for Research Act.
You may click on the top line of the PDF on your left to download it.
the deed, not the breed!
Dog bites and attacks are a serious problem, no one is debating that. But breed bans are not the answer. No breed of dog is inherently more dangerous than another; responsible dog owners can and do make the difference. In fact, there is no expert evidence anywhere that claims these banned breeds are inherently more dangerous than any other breed. Even if you have never allowed a "pit bull"-type dog into your heart, this issue affects every dog owner.
What do the Experts say?
When asked about the repeal of breed specific legislation, Dalton McGuinty said "it would not be considered," and went on to say, "We got the best advice we could and put in place legislation we think upholds public safety." How can this be true when McGuinty didn't listen to the experts? In fact, 43 of the 44 experts were totally against the ban. Proof of this can be found in page 2 of "Bill 132; A Concise Summary of The Public Hearings."
Dalton's statement was deliberate in its deception and not a single reporter asked if he had taken the experts’ advice.
Remember this is not "just" about dogs. Our guaranteed rights under the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are being violated.
Reverse onus (guilty until proven innocent) is now law and "hidden" in DOLA. This sets a precedent for reverse onus for future laws in this province. Under the Charter, we are all guaranteed the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Now, in Ontario it is the other way around.
Illegal search and seizure is allowed under Bill 132. This means that a peace officer may enter your home without a warrant and take your dog if they believe it is an illegal “pit bull”. This means that if you have a short-haired, smooth coated, muscular dog with a ‘large’ head, you may be subject to having the police enter your home without a warrant and take your dog.
Straight to the Source
Toronto Queens Park Protest Against BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)
Responsible dog owners advocating and fighting discrimination and profiling of dogs, based only on looks, that was legislated by the Liberal Party of Ontario, in spite of ALL the professional advice against a BAN by 43 organizations.
August 29th, 2010 Rally at Coronation Park, Toronto
Hundreds of people, including many activists' groups, and dozens of very well-behaved dogs from good families, who appeared to be "substantially similar to the elusive pit bull" gathered at Coronation Park on the Toronto waterfront on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to protest against Ontario's ban on pit bulls and to demand the repeal of breed-specific legislation (BSL).
Hershey, in whose honour Bill 60 is named, was an abused puppy mill mother. After her rescue, Hershey went on to become a confident and healthy therapy dog, working in Halton Hills. Pit Bulls serve as outstanding therapy dogs. Hershey received an award from the Toronto Humane Society as Therapy Dog of the Year. Under the new breed-specific legislation, Hershey had to be muzzled and could no longer be a therapy dog. People asked for her services for months, after her forced retirement. In March, 2009, Hershey passed away, and she will always be fondly remembered.
MPP Cheri DiNovo holding an Angel Dog, dressed in memory of hundreds of innocent good dogs, who have already been put to death, also causing trauma to their loving human families.
Remembrance Wall set up at the rally.
Cheri was available to speak with and serve those who approached her.
Cheri told us that there is no question that
we will win. It is just a matter of doing enough work by voicing our opinions to our MPPs. Email them. Call them. Write to them. Meet with them in person. Our MPPs are receiving emails about this issue daily and they are viewed as informal polls; the only campaign that has had more emails is the anti-HST one. Sign petitions and spread the word.
However, the anger that initiated many to take action about what has happened to good dogs will not sustain us, Cheri said. Love is the only thing that will, our love of dogs, love for each other and the love of justice.
Pittie Walk August 29 2010 in Toronto
Proposed Solution via
I have been in the dog business for over 40 years. I have bred Rottweilers, competed in dog shows, Schutzhund trials, trained and now I am the owner of The Ultimate Diet, fresh frozen, raw pet food. Through all this experience I have gained a unique insight into the relationships between people and their dogs.
I have always supported “Punish the deed
not the breed”. I have many clients and friends including family
members with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and mastiff type breeds. All of
these dogs are well behaved and never bitten anyone. When I bred
Rottweilers I always had to weed out the people who I knew, by
interviewing them, that they were looking for a “tough dog” not a
companion. It is these people that allow their dogs to become aggressive
and anti social. These are the people that should not be allowed to own
these types of dogs.
I have also met many dog owners of other unsuspecting breeds like Dalmatians, Golden Retrievers and some of the smaller dogs like Terriers that are also very aggressive and not to be trusted. For the last several years of my career as a trainer I specialized in aggression and trained many breeds. They were all the same; the owners had no idea how to be the “pack leader”. Once this was established the aggression was solved.
Breed Specific Legislation is a farce and will never solve the aggressive dog problem.
I would propose to not only sell licenses but to have a yearly
Canadian Canine Good Citizen Test™.
These are certification programs that test dogs that have the training and demeanor to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community members. The testing takes place in a busy public area, such as a shopping mall. Testing includes the following:
- Accepting a friendly stranger - The owner of the
dog shakes hands with a friendly stranger.
- Patiently sitting for petting - A test for
shyness and resentment.
- Appearance & grooming -
The owner's care and sense of responsibility is seen in how his dog is
- Out for a walk - Illustrating
handler's control of the dog.
- Walking through a
crowd - Demonstrating how the dog moves in a crowd without unduly
distress and under his owner's control.
- Sit, Down, Stay, Come. Illustrating that the dog has been trained and
- Praise/interactions - Illustrating
the relationship between dog and owner.
to passing dogs - Demonstrates if the dog behaves politely
around other dogs.
- Distractions - Demonstrates the
dog's confidence when faced with common distractions.
- Supervised isolation
- Demonstrates whether the dog can be left with someone other than his
usual handler and still maintain training and good manners.
Any dog that jumps up on a person,
lunges at another dog or displays unruly behaviour is automatically
Note: CGC is a requirement for most therapy-dog programs.
For more information, visit the following web sites:
Canadian Kennel Club
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada
The Ultimate Diet
In no circumstances whatsoever, should we be denied our Property and Privacy Rights by suspicion of "reasoned apprehension of harm", which allows The State to assume control over Private Property without a court order and without an offense which has been legally proven in our open courts.
Canadians, take this coast to coast.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Sign Hershey's Petition Online
TO: The Legislative Assembly of Ontario
WHEREAS: Aggressive dogs are found among many breeds or crossbreeds;
AND breed specific legislation and breed bans are not effective solutions to the problem of dog attacks;
AND the problems of dog attacks are best dealt with through comprehensive programs of education, training and legislation encouraging responsible ownership of all breeds;
WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to support Bill 60 (aka Hershey's Bill) repealing provincial animal control legislation that is breed specific and instead implement a comprehensive bite prevent strategy that encourages responsible ownership of all breeds.
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