Tori Morrison Is Breed Legislation Working?

Since 2005, Ontario has banned pit bull and pit bull mixes from breeding or moving into the province. Ontario laws regulate that all remaining pit bulls must be muzzled while out in public. The Canadian Veterinary Journal reports that of the 28 fatal dog attack in Canada from 1990-2007, only one of the deaths was caused by a Pit Bull matching results with a Border collie, a bull mastiff, a chow chow, a Labrador cross, an Alaskan malamute and a Maremma; Pit Bulls were beat in fatalities by Huskies and Rottweilers. Calgary, who chose to instead focus on education, low licensing rates, and enforcement of dog specific punishments, i.e. punishing owners of dogs who chase, bite or are a nuisance to the public has seen as success rate that has now made its policies the most successful in the country. This is so despite the fact that their numbers of pitbulls are increasing. Many pitbull puppies are being spirited away from places such as Ontario, and ending up in Calgary according to Pit Bulls for Life, the organization that is bringing them to cowboy country. Calgary is housing our pit bulls deemed too dangerous for human ownership and is currently seeing the lowest dog bite rates in 25 years.

Pit Bulls are dangerous, because animals are dangerous. I do not care how dangerous a dog is deemed by the state. If it bites me through no fault of mine or chases me or acts aggressive in a manner that threatens the safety of other dogs, its owner should be fined or be forced to put a muzzle on their dog or have the dog attend rehabilitation classes. Even a tiny dog can do a lot of harm. I had a hamster two years ago cut into my hand so deep that he made his way into my bone and I still carry the scars of that hamster. I have no doubt a Chihuahua or a Dachshund can also go for your jugular and the recipient of the attack will deem it no less offensive simply because that dog is statistically less likely to do so. Statistics don’t usually stop the bleeding.

Ontario there’s one more thing. According to Kyle O’Grady, assistant curator at the non-profit Indian River Reptile Zoo near Peterborough when quoted in the London Community News, he stated that; “Currently there are no provincial laws in Ontario regulating ownership of exotic animals. Anyone can buy a tiger, lion, cobra, or crocodile, etc.” So wait a minute, I can’t have a Pit Bull Puppy but I can have a tiger? That doesn’t sound right.   



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