Ban or Time Limit the Tethering of Dogs in all Canadian Provinces
  • Petitioned Honourable Pat Pimm

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Agriculture, B.C.
Honourable Pat Pimm
Minister of Agriculture, Alberta
Honourable Verlyn Olson
Minister of Agriculture, Saskatchewan
Honourable Gerry Ritz
Minister of Agriculture, Manitoba
Honourable Ron Kostyshyn
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ontario
Honourable Madeleine Meilleur
Minister of Agriculture, Nova Scotia
Honourable John MacDonell
Bernard LeBlanc
Minister of Natural Resources, NFLD and Labrador
Honourable Kathy Dunderdale
Manager, Agriculture Regulatory Programs, PEI Dept of Agriculture
Brian Matheson
Minister of Community Services, Yukon
Honourable Brad Cathers
Minister of Agriculture, Quebec
Honourable Francois Gendron (Minister of Agriculture, Quebec)

Ban or Time Limit the Tethering of Dogs in all Canadian Provinces

    1. Petition by

      Campaign for Animal Rights Legislation

Chained dogs must eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in a single confined area. They swelter and suffer from heat stroke in the summer, freeze and die from hypothermia in the winter. The necks of chained dogs can become raw and infected from constant rubbing. They invariably have over turned water bowls, inadequate vet care and are rarely kept clean and groomed. Fleas, parasites and ear infections are common afflictions. Tethers can become entangled around other objects further restricting their movement. In 2008, a Saint Bernard who became hopelessly entangled in the cord she was tethered with tried to chew off her own leg in an attempt to free herself. Many chained dogs have hung themselves when they have attempted to gain freedom by jumping over their fences.

But all the ways that chained dogs physically suffer pale in comparison to the emotional torment they endure by being isolated and consistently alone. Humans have specifically bred dogs for thousands of generations to want to be our constant companions more than they want anything else. Isolating a dog from their family is one of the cruelest things we can do to them. Isolated outdoor dogs suffer from intense boredom, loneliness, frustration, anxiety, depression and insanity. And yet, this cruelty is entirely supported by our current federal, provincial and municipal laws.   

Numerous U.S. states have banned or time limited the tethering of dogs. California, whose population is equal that of all of Canada, banned the tethering of dogs in 2007. Yet Canada's animal rights legislation has not appreciatively changed since the 1890's. Legislation on a provincial level is necessary to protect tethered dogs from a lifetime of suffering. The recommended legislation is clear, concise and highly enforceable. 

“No tethering of unattended dogs” (A responsible adult must be outside with a tethered dog and have them in visual range at all times.)

This petition, including the recommended legislation, will be sent to every provincial minister in Canada responsible for animal welfare legislation. The suffering of tens of thousands of dogs across Canada will be ended by the enactment of this vital legislation.



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures

      This picture is of a dog who has been living on the end of a chain in Surrey, BC for at least four years. Her name is Wendy. She hates the crate and is rarely seen inside it, even in the worst weather. You can see from her coat that she hasn't been groomed in years. She spends almost every minute of the day alone, pacing relentlessly. Her life is a misery. Wendy has been reported repeatedly to the BCSPCA but they won’t seize her because the PCA Act does not ban tethering or define it as distress. Wendy has food, shelter and water, everything the law requires to keep her alive; miserable but alive.
      If Wendy lived in Burnaby, New West, Victoria or anywhere in California, her suffering would be over as tethering has been banned there. But unfortunately for Wendy she lives in Surrey, where this cruel practice is still legal. Please go to and demand Mayor Watts enact a ban on tethering as they promised to do a year and a half ago.

    3. Staggering Support

      This is amazing!! Public response to this petition is staggering. each time this petition is signed, an email is sent to each minister in every Canadian province responsible for animal welfare legislation. as of this date, 11 Oct, 2013, they will have each received over 2500 emails in just one week - that's around 350 emails a day!!. Let's keep this going by spreading it to as many people as possible. I was hoping for 1000 signatures. Now I believe we can achieve 10,000. Please keep up the momentum animal lovers by emailing the link to this petition to everyone on your email list. With your help we will end the the tethering of dogs in Canada.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rhana Wyble GROVES, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      I don't believe dogs should be chained at all.

    • Sandy Miller PALO, IA
      • 4 months ago

      If you want to have a dog it should be cared for properly. Tethered dogs generally live horrible lives without adequate socialization or exercise. This should be banned everywhere.

    • Michel savoie FREDERICTON, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      Dogs is man best friend and should be treated as such

    • felicya hicks APELDOORN, NE
      • 4 months ago

      This must be stopped! Take care of all animals.

    • Volker Manns SAN LEON, TX
      • 4 months ago

      Teathering/chaining is the worst thing you can do to an animal! Wake up folks, it causes all kinds of problems including being unsocialized and can lead to aggression.


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