Sunday, May 04, 2014

The Million Mutt March

Slightly less than a million dogs paraded and sniffed each other on the front lawn of #Toronto's Queen's Park during the dog lovers call to repeal dog breed banning in Ontario. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) introduced in Ontario in 2005 banned a variety of dogs and breeds as they tried to stamp out pit bulls in reaction to dog attacks on children.
The protesters note that their are effective strategies to reduce dog bites including a Calgary model that uses licensing, leash enforcement and education which produces a decrease in dog bites - without taxpayer money and with no breed exempt.

Angella Robbins of Ontario Pit Bull Co-op and BSL Advocacy and Awareness explains “Noted industry experts warned the government that breed bans would not work. More importantly, experts provided an alternate solution based on the successful City of Calgary model and the Courtney Trempe inquest. How long do we have to wait – how many tragedies do we have to read about – before the government hears what experts have said all along?”

Some of the doggies were dressed to impress with bows and tiny little hats. For dog lovers you should keep an eye on Sloberfest which will occur in the Beach Toronto on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

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