On Sunday, I went to Coronation Park to support my friends and dog lovers at Hershey’s Rally. A few local organizations have come together and speak against our province’s ban on canine profiling. The breed specific legislation (BSL) otherwise known as Bill 132, has been in effect since 2004, and currently bans pit bulls and other similar breeds in Ontario. Any pit bulls living in the province at the moment are forbidden to breed and in a couple of years, this breed will die out.
To give you my two cents, I’m whole-heartedly against the ban. No dog should be banned for actions they have committed; it’s the irresponsible owners that should be reprimanded and punished.
To the best of my abilities, I have offered my support to speak against the ban. This particular rally was to show support for MPP Cherie di Novo who is working hard to have the law changed. She spoke at the rally along with freelance journalist Anita Robeson and Bill Bruce of the Calgary Animal Services. The latter explained his model to reduce dog bites, which has proven successful in Calgary, which brought cheers from the crowd that responsible tactics can work.
Despite the lovely sunny day, there were a few sombre parts that afternoon: hearing the tragic stories of innocent animals being put down, walking past the memorial raised for them; seeing them try to remove their muzzles with their paws or rubbing their noses against the ground or their owner’s legs.
But yesterday was an opportunity to celebrate them and to find kinship amongst dog owners. All of these dogs were dressed up in their best outfits and prettiest dog collars which offered a great opportunity for photos. These photogenic pooches were only too happy to oblige.