BAN THE BSL NOT THE BREED
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Since 2005 pit bulls have been banned in Ontario, Canada.
Ontario is the only province in Canada where pit bulls are banned and ridiculed because some people use them to breed for dog fights. A major reason pit bulls have a bad name and reputation is because of these particular people, the dogs themselves are not to blame. Many other pit bull owners who have not bred pit bulls for the use of dog fights and have taken all precautions towards the public when walking their pit bulls have gone as far as moving out of Ontario due to this law. Here I quote CBC News " The ban makes it illegal to breed pit bulls in Ontario or bring the dogs into the province. Dogs already in Ontario are allowed to stay as long as they are sterilized, leashed and muzzled in public. Puppies born after Nov. 27, 2005 must be shipped out of the province, given to a research facility or destroyed."
Destroyed, yes destroyed. About 1,000 Ontario pit bulls have been put down since the ban took effect this is according to statistics in 2014. These dogs are given no chance due to statistics from 2001-2004 stating, pit bulls were more likely to bite people and domestic animals than any other breed. It's been a decade since the province wide ban has been set, I think it's time we give these dogs another chance and I know people will stand by me on this one. Here I quote NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo in an interview with a Global Toronto reporter “It’s the deed, not the breed. The owner should be held responsible, not the dog. We’re in favor of a dangerous dog act, but one that’s reasonably written and well-researched, and this one isn’t. Our law would hold the owner liable, because it’s the owner that trains the dogs.”
Here are a few reasons why pit bulls aren't as dangerous as the public believes.
This is not a list for people who choose the dog for its unsavory image or people who see nothing wrong with keeping a dog chained up out in the yard without loving human interaction. And it is certainly not for the type of people who would unnecessarily mutilate a dog by pinning the ears or bobbing the tail because it looks cool. Finally, and this should go without saying, it's not a list for people who involve their pit bull in illegal activity such as dog fighting. Basically, if you fall into any of these categories, you probably shouldn't own a dog at all, let alone a pit bull.
This list is for people looking to bring a creature into their household that will be cherished as a member of the family. People who, on top of providing love and affection, are willing to take the time to learn about their pet and give it proper training, care, and socialization. People who have space in their home and their heart to devote to a furry friend.
Pit Bulls are very eager to please people. A Pit Bull will do almost anything his favorite people ask of him, just to hear their praise. These dogs crave our attention and approval, and are very social with humans. This devotion to people has contributed heavily to the bad reputation of Pit Bulls, because a bad person can use a Pit Bull’s eagerness to please to train the dog for nefarious or criminal purposes.
As you read above and as stated before it's the owners fault not the breeds fault for the bad behavior.
Pit Bulls are great with children. Pit Bulls are a loyal, people-oriented breed that thrive as part of the family. They are affectionate with both adults and children. Note: All children should be taught how to interact with animals and should be supervised when playing with any animal.
Yes, children should be supervised while playing with any animal, not just pit bulls. Any dog, cat etc.. could hurt a child if not supervised properly.
Pit Bulls love to cuddle. Even the most athletic Pit Bull will also have a sedentary side and crave being hugged and petted. Adopt a Pit Bull and you will have a constant companion keeping you warm in bed, on the couch, on your lap in your favorite chair. Did I mention that many Pit Bulls don’t realize they are too big to be lap dogs? For this reason and because they are so trainable, Pit Bulls can be excellent therapy dogs!
I can vouch for this one.
Pit Bulls love, love, love people. And Pit Bulls do not discriminate against humans for any reason. They are happiest when they are with us. They remind us of this by wiggling happily and kissing us often!
Pit bulls are very affectionate!
Pit bulls are enthusiastic and capable trick learners making them capable of learning cute tricks like roll over and high five, but also making it possible for you to teach them practical "tricks" such as not overwhelming guests at the front door, walking politely on a leash, or staying off the furniture
Pit Bulls are highly intelligent
If you are with us please sign this petition to end the ban on Pit bulls in Ontario. Thank you
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