Earlier this month, at the same time as the proposed ban on pit bulls in Montreal was suspended indefinitely by a judge in that city, pending the continued legal challenge by the Montreal SPCA, and emphatic anti-BSL protests from around the globe, a suburb of Montreal passed a resolution against breed specific legislation.
Montreal is now appealing the suspension decision; please add your name to the petition here!
Per CBCNews, Beaconsfield, an on-island suburb of Montreal, passed their anti-BSL resolution last week. This resolution was sponsored by City Councillor, Karen Messier. Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle, who signed the resolution and rejected the fallacies of BSL, proclaimed that all their animals are “sentient beings and deserve protection.”
Earlier this year, in keeping with this progressive viewpoint, that city opened one of Montreal’s largest dog parks. At that time, Mayor Bourelle stated, “Safety and respect for the rights and freedoms of all citizens are principles that we promote in Beaconsfield. In order to respect dog lovers, we wish to provide them with a space where their pets can run freely.”
Regarding the anti-BSL resolution, Mayor Bourelle said that his city’s bylaws, which judge a dog solely on its behavior, will determine if any dog, regardless of breed, should be deemed dangerous and muzzled:
“If the dog’s behavior continues to be dangerous it could eventually be euthanized. But again, it is for any dog, not breed-specific.”
BSL negatively impacts dogs and their owners. Innocent dogs such as Zinnia, featured above, who was rescued from Carson in California, after being dumped twice. For Zinnia, her third human was a charm. Now she lives safely with her adoring owner, Natasha, on the other side of the US.
Had she been a resident of Montreal, when the ban was initially passed, Natasha would surely have feared for her girl’s safety. She tells Shelter Me, “People fear what they don’t know and they hate what they fear!!!”
Yes, we do feel for the victims of any dog attack. It is a horrible situation for the victim as well as their family. But judging and condemning entire breeds, making innocent families suffer without cause, is equally vicious. We applaud Beaconsville for taking a far more rational approach.
Many of the great dogs you see here are looking for homes; each photo has a clickable link. For a list of current regulations in US states regarding BSL, please click here. For Facebook groups who are working to repeal BSL, click here and here.
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