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Breed Specific Legislation - The Challenge of Bill 132

 

 

As I am sure most of you are aware, Breed Specific Legislation has been passed into law.

As of August 29, 2005, the Province of Ontario has passed legislation banning specific breeds of dogs.  The law bans Pit Bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers and any dog "that has an appearance and physical characteristics substantially similar to any of those dogs."

The scariest part of the legislation is the ambiguity with which it is written.   There is concern that the definition is so unclear that it will be confusing for owners and animal control officers to determine which dogs should be classified as pit bulls.    

It is so important to do everything we can to make the public understand that this is not about one breed.  This Legislation affects us all no matter what breed you have.  The Law should be as simple as “If you have a dog that bites or is determined to be dangerous, you will be penalized.”  Period.  It makes no difference what the breed of dog is.

So what is being done?

A challenge has been launched by an individual in Toronto who is supported by a group of pro-dog organizations calling themselves Banned Aid.  This coalition, consisting of The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada, the Dog Legislation Council of Canada (DLCC), American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Canada, Advocates for the Underdog & the Golden Horseshoe American Pit Bull Terrier Club, has employed the services of a well known Toronto lawyer, Clayton Ruby.  He is fighting back with a constitutional challenge arguing the new law will unintentionally apply to other dogs.  He is stating that the law is unconstitutionally vague and overly broad and that it will not improve the safety of the residents of Ontario or reduce the number of dog bite incidents.  It is suggested that it will take 6 to 8 months before the first court date.

The Bull Terrier Club of Canada formed a Committee when this legislation was first put forth to  stay on top of the situation, and support the coalition both with information, in the form of studies and research that we may become privy to,  as well as financially.  Many of our members are supporting the events and vigils as they are organized. 

The legislation does not specify Bull Terriers as one of the banned breeds, in fact the person who spear headed this whole thing has publicly stated that the Bull Terrier is exempt.  Hockey Night in Canada and the fact that Don Cherry once owned a Bully has made the Bull Terrier recognizable and this has helped us in some situations with identification of our breed.  However, no one in the Club is resting easy with this issue.

We are organizing our website so as to supply up to date information on the legislation, give direction and support on how to deal individually with specific challenges to our breed, and provide progress reports and case works its way through our legal system. 

How can you help? 

1.      Do not buy into unsubstantiated panic.   Consult with the members of the BSL Committee, Lori Bozian or Ann Radford to get clarification and updated info.

2.      Financially.  This is with the courts now.  Please donate to the BSL fund to support the organizations and legal council that are fighting on your behalf.  You can do this easily at the Banned Aid Coalition website www.bannedaid.com or from the Dog Legislation Council of Canada website www.doglegislationcouncilcanada.org

3.      Be clear of the restrictions in your individual Municipalities.  Each Municipality can implement their own restrictions, e.g. Muzzle, increased fines, to name a few.  It is important that you know what these restrictions, if any, are.  Contact your Municipality and inquire generally what restrictions are in place under the Dog Owner’s Liability Act.   Make sure you refer to your Bull Terrier as “Bull Terrier” when registering or licensing as the Municipalities will be using the CKC list of registered breeds as their guideline.  Putting “English” in front of the name puts you at risk of having to prove you own a CKC registered breed.

4.      EDUCATION of the public and your MPP’s is very important.  Write letters, circulate petitions and get as many voters to voice their opinion as possible.  Make people understand that you don’t have to own a dog to be upset by this Law.

The BSL committee members are here for you to clarify or support any way we can.  We are concentrating on the individual incidents as they come up (as with the problem with the “English” term in the London area) and will try to notify you about the problems and how they were resolved   

Please feel to contact Lori Bozian  nomis@idirect.com  or Ann Radford  mayhembts@rogers.com if you need further clarification or require support of help with the Municipality.

Together, as a united front, we will get through this with the health and integrity of our Bullies intact.

Lori Bozian/Ann Radford

BTCC BSL Committee

 

 


 

BANNED!!

AUGUST 29, 2005
The new Dog Owners' Liability Act is in effect across the Province of Ontario




Donate to the BannedAid Coalition legal fund to fight the legislation

Please donate to the BSL fund to support the organizations and legal council that are fighting on your behalf. Visit their website and store at

Banned Aid Coalition

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