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The only way for the law makers to really understand how much objection there is to this law is to let them know!
Below is a sample letter that you can send to your MPP to inform them that you DO NOT agree with this law and it should be removed.
Be sure to add your name and sign it before sending.
Dear MPP NAME HERE,
On November 30th 2011, Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington tabled a bill to repeal the Breed Specific portion of the Dog Owner's Liability Act (DOLA).
This bill was supported by Cheri DiNovo (NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park) as well as MPP Kim Craitor (Liberal MPP Niagara Falls).
I encourage you to support this Tri Party Bill, Bill 16, to repeal breed specific legislation that was put into place in 2005.
The Dog Owner's Liability Act (DOLA) already contains legislation to deal with owners and their dog once the dogs' actions have proven it to be dangerous. The Breed Specific portion of the DOLA only serves to legalize discrimination based upon looks instead of punishing irresponsible dog owners. Many countries such as Chile, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands have repealed BSL due to its failure to ensure public safety and instead are looking into behaviour-based rather than breed-based legislation.
More recently, the state of Florida as well as the state of Ohio have begun the process of repealing this law as well.
The United Kingdom was the first country to ban breeds and the ban is also under repeal and currently undergoing 2nd reading in the House of Lords.
Calgary's model is ideal. In a city of almost 1 million people, last year only 158 dog bites were reported, most of which were of the "no puncture" variety and with a dog licensing rate if 93%, their animal control is not funded by the taxpayers but by dog owners themselves. They did all of this, not with breed specific legislation, but with education and promotion of responsible dog ownership by implementing tougher laws against irresponsible owners and rewarding responsible ones. If everyone's concern is really about public safety, surely it makes sense to introduce legislation that actually does just that; ensures public safety.
Please repeal the poor judgment in enacting Breed Specific Legislation as it was done despite testimony of virtually every professional expert, including the Canadian Medical Veterinary and Ontario Medical Veterinary Associations. In the five years, since the ban, there is virtually no difference in dog bites or attacks yet thousands and thousands of innocent dogs have been unjustly killed. Most taken from their homes without a search warrant.
I implore you to do the right thing by revoking this unjust legislation. Public safety has not been enhanced; dog bite deaths still occur and "pit bulls' are not to blame. There is absolutely no scientific evidence that "pit bulls' are inherently more dangerous than any other breed.
As a taxpaying citizen, I implore you to look at the facts and support Bill 16.
SIGN YOUR NAME
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