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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

Jul 22, 2017 diane applin
Jul 21, 2017 yvonne FOURGOUS
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Freedman
Jul 20, 2017 Jack Middour
Jul 19, 2017 Audrey Cobrin
Jul 19, 2017 Lynette Nielsen
Jul 18, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Jul 18, 2017 elga konietzny
Jul 18, 2017 Mike KASTNER
Jul 18, 2017 JIMMY RIVERA
Jul 18, 2017 Regenia Dobbs
Jul 16, 2017 eileen bosch
Jul 16, 2017 odette sempere
Jul 16, 2017 Jordi Malgà
Jul 15, 2017 Angela Bryant
Jul 15, 2017 Desari Erickson
Jul 15, 2017 Alexandra Smith
Jul 15, 2017 Rose Williams
Jul 14, 2017 JOHN RUDOLPH
Jul 14, 2017 Mary Ware
Jul 14, 2017 chantal vagnat
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 Libbrecht Delphine
Jul 14, 2017 Camille Barron
Jul 14, 2017 robin white
Jul 14, 2017 marianne perdu
Jul 14, 2017 Sophie GAGNARD
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 Jocalynn Lambert
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Carla Horn
Jul 11, 2017 Gerald Hallam
Jul 10, 2017 cynthia Tawil
Jul 10, 2017 Carol Doud
Jul 10, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes
Jul 8, 2017 Emily Bevins
Jul 8, 2017 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 7, 2017 Daniele Dolleans
Jul 7, 2017 Hannah Fusselman It isn't a crime to be a pit bull!
Jul 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2017 Nata Ku
Jul 5, 2017 Melinda Norman
Jul 5, 2017 S G
Jul 5, 2017 Diana Jones
Jul 4, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Jul 4, 2017 Paola DeCastro
Jul 4, 2017 Jul Mirer

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