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In October, 2016, Montreal passed a law banning "pit bull" breeds, including Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, and any mix with these breeds. This new law is intended to reduce the number of animal attacks in the city from these supposedly dangerous breeds.

A similar ban was enacted in Toronto in 2005, which reduced the number of pit bull breeds in the city from 1,411 in 2005 to 338 in 2014. Despite this, dog attacks in Toronto are at their highest level this century, according to Canada’s Global News. Clear evidence in the Toronto case proving the ineffectiveness of breed-specific bans did nothing to sway Montreal’s decision to remove pit bulls from homes and shelters in the name of "safety."

The ban gives current pit bull owners a chance to pay for a background check and apply for a special license to keep their dog, but the dog must be muzzled when in public, and not allowed on a leash longer than 1.25 meters. These restrictions apply regardless of age or condition of the dog.

And those that can’t afford the fees? Their dogs will be seized at the start of 2017 and euthanized under the new law. Any stray pit bulls will also be put down.

Shelters in Montreal are horrified. They receive around 700 "pit" breeds a year, and there are currently thousands waiting to be adopted. Under the new law, none of those dogs are eligible to be adopted or transported, leaving them trapped in shelters until they are euthanized or the ban is lifted.

The Montreal SPCA is set to stop all dog-control services in 2017 because of the ban, and other rescue services plan to follow suit, leaving even more animals at the mercy of Montreal's city councilors.

Recently, a Montreal judge put a halt on the law, preventing it from going into effect and allowing dogs to be adopted and saved!

Sadly, this is a HALT, not a reversal! The law is going to be reviewed, and potentially changed. However, the only sure way to save the lives of thousands of dogs is for the government to repeal the law officially.

THIS IS THE TIME TO ACT! Tell the city council, the mayor of Montreal, and the Premier of Quebec to repeal this terrible and deadly law for good!

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To the Montreal City Council,

I am writing to express my horror and disgust over the recent city-wide ban on pit bull breeds. Despite mountains of evidence showing the futility of the ban, you sentenced thousands of innocent dogs to death because of their breed or because they look a certain way.

While Mayor Coderre may say he wants Montrealers to "feel safe and that they are safe," this law is making families feel less safe by taking away their loved ones and breaking apart families over irrational and unfounded fear.

When Toronto enacted a similar ban on pit bull breeds in 2005, the number of "dangerous" dogs dropped significantly, yet, according to Global News, dog bites are now at the highest they have been this century. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation's studies of pit bull bans in the United States have shown a decrease in dog attacks from pit bulls, but not a significantly lower number of attacks overall. It is clear that these bans have failed to make people "safer."

Because of this law, thousands of animals are facing death. They have no recourse, no second chance, and no hope.

The only option is to repeal this draconian law built on misinformation and fear. Sacrificing thousands of innocent dogs will not make Montreal any safer. Don't allow more innocent lives to be lost!

Thank you,

Petition Signatures

Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 15, 2018 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Aug 13, 2018 Martha Sandholm You had better ban all dogs! I have seen a collie bite my cousin, and I was bit my a neighbor's purebred Springer Spaniel. And what about people? Two of my coworkers were bit by a young man. Let's ban anything that could bite, even if it wouldn't.
Aug 13, 2018 Pam Yoder
Aug 13, 2018 Rosa Rodriguez
Aug 13, 2018 Shelley Reagan
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Keith Michelen
Aug 13, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Aug 13, 2018 Chris Reynolds
Aug 13, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 7, 2018 Anna Maria Sergi
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 5, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 4, 2018 Edy Soto
Aug 4, 2018 Johanne Tremblay
Aug 3, 2018 tamyra Basinger
Aug 2, 2018 Janet Roberts Rather than Ban "bull" breeds it would be better to pass legislation that such large dogs of any breed be enrolled in basic obedience training and socializing. It's not the pet, it's the owner's fault when a dog bites!
Aug 2, 2018 Isabel Figueiras
Aug 1, 2018 Deborah Scardigli
Jul 31, 2018 Rachelle Craft
Jul 31, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Jul 31, 2018 Cyndee Kott
Jul 31, 2018 Cheryl Celentano Pit Bulls can make a wonderful pet!! It is all in the way they are raised to what makes them bad. It's the owners that are ruining it for this breed. Abuse, torture and breeding them to fight! THAT IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE BREED!
Jul 31, 2018 Starr Christ
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Kathy Notarangelo
Jul 30, 2018 shana smith
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 29, 2018 Christian KIEFFER
Jul 28, 2018 hameau catherine
Jul 28, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 24, 2018 Brianna Anepete
Jul 23, 2018 Karen Deckel
Jul 23, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard STOP this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2018 Socorro Collado
Jul 20, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Jul 19, 2018 Stephanie East-Ginting
Jul 19, 2018 Vickie Janetos
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno

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