One local MPP says it’s time scrap Ontario’s dog breed specific legislation.
NDP Parkdale—High Park MPP Cheri Dinovo announced her bill to repeal the legislation at Queen’s Park on Thursday.
The original bill went into effect in 2005 and Dinovo told the John Oakley Show that the overhaul is needed.
“It’s stupid, It’s cruel and it doesn’t work.” said Dinovo. “Just about everywhere in the world that has had a breed specific ban on “pitbulls” has repealed it, ’cause it doesn’t work.”
The MPP went on to say the way the bill is constituted, it describes a lot of different breeds that are not pitbulls and put the onus on the owner to prove their dog is not a pitbull.
She also says many jurisdictions in North America and Europe that brought in breed specific bans have repealed them and that virtually all veterinarians and animal advocates are against banning dogs by breed.
Donovo says we should follow Calgary’s lead when it comes to dog ownership, using increased fines, which she says leads to fewer cases of dog bites.
“What you do is go after the owner, obviously it’s the owner’s fault.” says Dinovo. “They’re responsible for the behavior of their dog.”
— John Oakley Show (@am640oakley) October 6, 2016