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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


Nov 19, 2017 Sandra Lemmer
Nov 19, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Mipi Ambriz
Nov 18, 2017 Alson Sachs
Nov 17, 2017 Kelly Cerbone
Nov 17, 2017 June Helker
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Josie Passarelli
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) It's the owner, not the dog
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Dillard
Nov 16, 2017 Snezana Trkulja
Nov 16, 2017 Karen McMurray
Nov 16, 2017 JerriLyn Miller
Nov 16, 2017 Sue Blackman
Nov 16, 2017 Anne Sen-Oliver
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying BSL does NOT work! It's time to punish bad owners, NOT the dogs!
Nov 16, 2017 Beverly Williams
Nov 16, 2017 Elizabeth Brooks
Nov 16, 2017 wesley burnett
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Warner
Nov 16, 2017 Maryanne Preli
Nov 15, 2017 Sina Drews
Nov 14, 2017 Lee Pohl
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 John Stone
Nov 14, 2017 Natalie Alexander
Nov 14, 2017 Patricia Eno
Nov 14, 2017 Martha Kubik
Nov 14, 2017 valery allison
Nov 14, 2017 eva dru
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Graham Gove
Nov 14, 2017 Leslie Poms For anyone who has loved a pit bull, it is impossible to understand the absurd pit bull banning.
Nov 14, 2017 Kristy Preston
Nov 13, 2017 Clara Zhang
Nov 13, 2017 danuta radko
Nov 11, 2017 Linda Mander
Nov 11, 2017 Robert Fernandez
Nov 10, 2017 LUCUTA CONSTANTIN
Nov 9, 2017 Susan Tucker A death sentance should NOT be imposed on any dog judged by their breed
Nov 8, 2017 donna johnson
Nov 8, 2017 Dawn Pecoraro
Nov 8, 2017 Beth Staff
Nov 8, 2017 Eva Garet
Nov 7, 2017 Brent Pennell
Nov 7, 2017 Elena Burankova
Nov 7, 2017 pierre louis pille
Nov 7, 2017 CLAUDIA WASCHECK
Nov 7, 2017 Gisele PENA

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