Hershey’s Anti-BSL Group is an all volunteer association of dog owners and concerned citizens working towards the repeal of Breed Specific Legislation in Ontario. Through public education, political involvement and the promotion of responsible dog ownership, our goal is to restore fair and equal treatment for all dog owners across Ontario.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently asked Ontarian’s what changes they wanted on her “COMMON GROUND WEBSITE” .
Repealing Ontario’s Breed Ban Law was rated constantly between the number one & number two issue they wanted addressed.
Please support Bill 112 tabled by MPP Randy Hillier
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In Canada, the first-ever provincial banning of specific breeds took effect Monday August 29th 2005 in Ontario, when the Dog Owners Liability Act, (D.O.L.A.) was amended to include Bill 132 (aka) Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). This “amendment” to D.O.L.A. was whipped into Legislation by a Queens Park Liberal majority in spite of overwhelming expert testimony against what the media labeled as the Ontario “Pit Bull” Ban. BSL has made it illegal for 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 exist within the province. All dogs or puppies, or puppy litters, born after November 27th, 2005 fitting any of the vague descriptions above are automatically destroyed or sent to research facilities. Now in Ontario one cannot travel freely within Canada, as people driving through Ontario, who has a dog that might be considered “suspect”, can have their family K9 seized and killed. BSL laws do NOT consider individual temperament or the highest level of responsible ownership; instead the law is based solely on K9 profiling. Ontario citizens and thousands of responsible dog owners, have taken a stand against this harsh, cruel, unjust, shoddy and fiscally irresponsible legislation. We support responsible legislation that holds irresponsible owners adequately accountable for their dogs’ actions. We supported the previous TRI PARTY BILL 16 tabled by: PC MPP Randy Hillier, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, and LIB MPP Kim Craitor We support the recommendations of the Dog Legislation Council of Canada (DLCC). We support the research of the National Canine Research Council. We support the By Laws and Programs of the Calgary Animal Services We call for Bill 132 (aka the Pit Bull Ban) to be overturned and replaced with responsible legislation that promotes responsible ownership for all breeds, and places the blame where it clearly belongs, on irresponsible dog owners, animal abusers and those who participate in dog fighting or support it. BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) simply does not work. It targets innocent dogs and their owners & does not address public safety. All 43 experts and expert groups, who testified at the public hearings, were against the “pit bull” ban. The Liberal government of Ontario chose to ignore all of them. Reverse onus is now law and illegal search and seizure is now allowed and accepted. . We believe this is a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We recommend: 1. Education NOT Discrimination! 2. Promote Responsible Dog Ownership 3. Eliminate Breed Specific Legislation 4. End the Profiling of Dogs Based on Appearance 5. Promote Intelligent Dog Owner Liability Acts The chronological order of Bill 132, (the pit bull ban) events, can be found here. Although money is needed and appreciated your funds are not tax deductible as we are not a registered charity or an official non profit organization group at this time.
|‘Dog whisperer’ says Ontario pit bull ban is bad news.|
|TORONTO – Ontario’s pit bull ban is an unfair law based on ignorance – because getting rid of a breed of dog doesn’t get rid of the problem, says celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan.Millan, known as the Dog Whisperer for his uncanny ability to solve canine behavioural problems, was in Toronto this week promoting his National Geographic Channel show and the recent DVD release of the first season’s episodes.”In the United States, in the ’70s, they did the same thing to the Doberman. In the ’80s they did it to the German shepherd, in the ’90s they did it to the Rottweiler, and now they’re doing it to the pit bull,” he says.”So whatever dog is in fashion, people are going to blame them for things.”Under the Ontario ban, which was passed last August, it is illegal to own, breed, transfer, abandon or import pit bulls or other breeds “substantially similar” to pit bulls. Owners who violate the law can be fined up to $10,000 and/or be sentenced to six months in jail. The court can also order a dog to be destroyed.For the Dog Whisperer, there are no bad dogs nor bad breeds, just bad owners who need to be trained. On his show he displays a remarkable ability to rehabilitate once-dangerous pooches because he knows how to position himself as the alpha dog, the leader of the pack.|