ACTION ALERT #1
On October 6, 2016, Bill 40 was introduced into the Ontario Legislature. This private member’s bill, has been brought forward by MPP Cheri DiNovo. The Bill repeals provisions in the Animals for Research Act relating to the disposition of pit bulls under that Act. The Bill also repeals provisions in the Dog Owners’ Liability Act that prohibit restricted pit bulls and provide for controls on pit bulls. Bill 40 has passed first reading.
Here’s what you can do:
- CONTACT PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE and let her know that you support Bill 40 and the repeal of Breed-Specific Legislation in Ontario;
- CONTACT YOUR LOCAL MPP and ask where they stand on Bill 40.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (OSPCA) is petitioning the Ontario court seeking to kill 21 of the 31 dogs seized in an alleged dog-fighting operation in Chatham, Ontario. Three of the 31 dogs have already been euthanized. Please read the full article here or in our news feed. The OSPCA is a non-profit, charitable organization which receives government funding by way of your tax dollars. They also receive funds from private donations. The OSPCA enforces the full consequences of Breed-Specific Legislation. As with the thousands before them, these 31 dogs will die based on their appearance. Let’s not allow that happen. Sign and share the official petition to Save the Chatham Dogs Seized by OSPCA.
We are urging everyone to to send a further message via Kathleen Wynne’s contact page linked below. She says she wants to hear from you. Please let Premier Kathleen Wynne know that you want Breed-Specific Legislation repealed in Ontario and a second chance at life for the Chatham dogs.
ACTION ALERT #3
The Province of Quebec needs our help. Montreal City council voted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in favour of changes to its animal control bylaw that includes a ban on new ownership of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs. The final vote was 37-23 in favour of the ban. Other Quebec municipalities have, or soon will, enact Breed-Specific Legislation. The Province of Quebec, waiting to see the outcome in Montreal, is now poised to bring in a province-wide ban. This will have far reaching consequences. This will literally divide our country in half. Responsible dog owners from other parts of Canada and elsewhere will be prohibited from travelling within or through Quebec (as Ontario) without putting their dogs as risk of being seized and killed. Responsible dog owners within Quebec are already feeling prejudice and hatred towards themselves and their non-offending family dogs. The Quebec government has now given media and their citizens the right to vilify those who choose to own a certain “type” of dog. Shelters and animal rescue groups will be forced to euthanize dogs fitting the subjective description outlined in this draconian legislation. To date, a few lucky dogs have been able to leave the province but this is not a solution! Whether you own a dog or not, or whether you own a targeted dog or not, we must work together to preserve the rights and freedoms of all Canadians. Here’s what you can do:
Sign the Montreal SPCA petition;
Send a message to the Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard;
Send a message to Montreal city officials and the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre.