Studies have shown that Breed Specific Legislation is ineffective, costly to enforce, and traumatizing to it's victims. Many dogs are euthanized every year all over North America, for no more than having Pitbull-like characteristics. BSL allows for the seizure of dogs who have done absolutely nothing wrong, forcing their families to relocate their beloved pets and jump through numerous legal hoops to avoid being fined.
There are other alternatives to BSL.
The following is written by Dana Grove: The bylaw officers in Calgary have taken a stand against breed banning, and responded to dog bite concerns with a tougher licensing program and stronger enforcement. The City of Calgary also spends considerable funds on dog safety public awareness and education campaigns. Research shows that just 1 hour of dog safety training in grades 2 and 3 can reduce these attacks by 80%.
"We don't punish breeds, we punish behavior," said chief bylaw officer Bill Bruce. "The bottom line is, we believe all dogs are capable of biting."In Calgary, 90 per cent of dogs are licensed, allowing bylaw officers to keep track of pets and owners. The city also has a strict fine structure that includes a $250 penalty for chase incidents and $350 fines for bites. The bylaw also allows the officers to declare specific dogs as “dangerous” and this label brings with it higher license fees, muzzling rules and age restrictions on the dog's handlers.
Calgary’s dangerous dog legislation was implemented in response to the bite problem. Dangerous dog, not dangerous breed. The results speak for themselves – a 70% drop in the number of OVERALL dog bites.
The measures Calgary has taken have shown results. Winnipeg can achieve this too. Please consider signing this petition to end the barbaric practice of breed discrimination. If we all come together, perhaps those in power will finally listen. Sign the petition, send a letter to Mayor Brian Bowman, and maybe this era of injustice will finally end.