A Bad Rap

Chris Temelkos Writes About Pitbulls – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 8, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

The Pitbull ban has been in place across Ontario for five years, but New Democrat Cheri DiNovo says she will be submitting a private member’s bill to banish the breed ban.

The controversial ban has raised even more speculation after Brittany and Rambo, two Boxer-Bulldog crosses were returned to their owners after a three-month impound and costly appeal, proving a fault in the legislation, that it’s very difficult to vindicate a dog that happens to look like a Pitbull, especially with problematic DNA testing.

More evidence that the Pitbull ban may not be very effective is a survey released by the Toronto Humane Society that shows the number of combined dog bites to both humans and animals has remained the same since the breed ban in 2005, averaging 5,400.

DiVono’s bill does not challenge the dangerous dog legislation, which judges each dog on an individual basis, but will allow responsible owners to bring the breed back into their lives and stop the misidentification of similar looking breeds.

With tougher legislation on individual dogs and owners, rather than pinning the blame on particular breeds, we can prevent any animal from entering the wrong hands and causing harm to a human being or another animal.


Toronto Sun


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