March 21, 2012

Brush up on BSL

"Breed-specific legislation is a law or ordinance passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws or ordinances pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds."

Think these laws will not affect you because you do not own a dog on the list? Think again!

Linked below are two very real stories that came out of Ontario's BSL in 2005 when this bill was first implemented. If you do not wish to read the full stories (both regarding 3 different types of breeds all OTHER than the pit bull terrier,) at least take a look at the summary of the Ontario's 'Dog Owners Liability Act' below:

"The law defines a "pit bull" as a pit bull terrier, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, an American Staffordshire Terrier, an American Pit Bull Terrier, or a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to those dogs. If your dog appears to be in this category and your dog lived in Ontario on August 29, 2005, or was born in Ontario before November 27, 2005, you own a "restricted dog". Restricted dogs must be muzzled, leashed, and sterilized. If your dog appears to be in this category and it was born in Ontario after November 26, 2005, or was brought into Ontario after August 29, 2005, your dog is illegal. It could be confiscated and destroyed and you could be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to up to six months in jail."

The stories below are merely a glimpse into the kind of struggles dog owners of nearly EVERY breed were faced with, or faced with the fear of due to this completely and utterly irresponsible and unjustified legislation, that manages to both AVOID the real problem, while also stripping innocent dog owners of some of their basic constitutional rights and freedoms.

Persecution Ontario Style:

When is a Labrador Retriver a pit bull:

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