Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ontario Private Bill to Repeal BSL

I read this on the Dog Legislation Council of Canada (DLCC) website. Turn's out an MPP is putting forth a private bill to repeal the breed part out of the Dog Owner's Liability Act (DOLA). I do not agree with BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and have blogged about both sides of the argument in the past. I feel that there are better ways to manage a DOLA and keep the general public safe however I do understand the need to prevent dog bites/attacks.

Below I have copied and pasted the alert from the DLCC's page. They are asking everyone who can to go to Queens Park on November 18th to show your support. I will be there. Will you?


Private Members Bill to Repeal the ONTARIO BAN

Cheri DiNovo (MPP for Parkdale) has joined a GROWING LIST of other politicians that support REPEALING DOLA.

Cheri is going to put forth a Private Member's Bill forward to repeal the Breed Specific part of the Dog Owner's Liability Act between 10am and 11:30 am in front of Queens Park on November 18th. As a responsible dog owner herself, Cheri understands that this law must be repealed so that more effective measures (which are not breed specific) can be put into place.

Advocates for responsible dog ownership are making their demands known. We will no longer allow laws that make dog owners criminals or at best second class citizens simply because of how their dog 'looks'.

COME TOGETHER. We need bodies at this event. Clayton Ruby along with many other advocates for responsible dog ownership will be there and so will the media. Let's show them that dog owners are barking mad about this travesty.

We are asking that ALL dog owners join together in solidarity and support Ms.Di Novo in her efforts.


Queens Park
at 9:30 am
November 18, 2009

If you cannot be there, please forward your support to repeal the ban to:

C. Smith smithcc@ndp.on.ca
Charles Smith Executive Assistant
Cheri DiNovo MPP
Parkdale High Park
Tel: (416) 325-0244
Fax: (416) 325-0305

Dogs Deserve Freedom IN: If you have a blog or website, please cross-post this information with a backlink to the DLCC webpage to spread the word regardless whether or not you can be there or are in Ontario!

Remember ... "Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way ... but you can never say again that you did not know." William Wilberforce 1759-1833


PRES DLCC said...

Thank you for helping us to get the word out in cyberspace.Please drop by and say hello to our Cathy Prothro of the DLCC !

selwyn marock said...

I wish you all Luck,but I do have 1 reservation,MçGuinty and his Thugs,if they do agree to repeal this Evil Law,they will basically be admitting they screwed up and Murdered thousands of family pets for no reason.
Dade County has a similiar problem,a Mrs Canes who is presently suing the county commissioners went and canvassed each commissioner they all had similar responses "It would be political suicide"
Good Luck anyway.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

DLCC ...

I try to get it out as much as I can.

Smarock10 ...

Great points. I agree - repealing it while he is still in office would be "political suicide". I will still support repealing bsl and will always put my 2 cents in.

To me, I don't care if it is a losing battle. Perhaps in the fight, people will become more educated about dogs, training, bsl and breed characteristics.

The potential to offer education to the general public makes it worthwhile for me.