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BSL and the rights of the human animal

By Chantelle Mackney, Justice for Bullies, and April Fahr, HugABull. “I don’t get what the big deal is. People choose to get those kinds of dogs. So what if they have to muzzle them? Isn’t that a small price to pay?” “Muzzling/leashing/spay … Continue reading

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Does your home insurance protect or discriminate?

For those of us concerned about breed-specific legislation (BSL), finding housing requires extra steps and research. You need to scrutinize your city’s bylaws as well as any strata bylaws or rental policies that might affect you. Once you’ve found a … Continue reading

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Negative media: clicks and dirty tricks

By Chantelle Mackney, Justice for Bullies, and April Fahr, HugABull. When it comes to media coverage of dog attacks, we are all aware that things quickly become sensationalized and devolve into emotional conversations about breed. Reporters rush to publish their … Continue reading

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Rescuing a banned breed – Sit With Me’s story

People across the world have their eyes on Quebec as legislators debate Bill 128, which will ban “pit bulls”, Rottweilers, and mixes of those breeds. People are understandably outraged and people have been showing solidarity against breed discrimination across the … Continue reading

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Living with BSL – Lori’s Perspective

As part of our #BSLbytes campaign, we asked people to share their personal experiences and insights about BSL. Lori Gray, Ontario Director and board member of ASTCC (American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Canada) wrote this on Facebook last year and … Continue reading

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Take a byte out of BSL

It’s unbelievable that in 2017, we are in the position of fighting a second provincial breed ban in our country. To keep it in perspective, remember that on the whole, BSL is on its way out. There are many more … Continue reading

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Speak up against BSL on May 13

It’s almost a week away! On Saturday, May 13, groups across Canada will be marching against the proposed breed ban in Quebec. In BC, you can join groups in Vancouver, Victoria, or Coquitlam. See our previous post for event details. … Continue reading

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Show Your Solidarity for Quebec on May 13

Quebec’s proposed Bill 128 will be a major step back for animal welfare in Canada. In its current form, it: Violates the province’s current legislation declaring animals to be sentient beings. Proposes a ban on pit bull breeds, Rottweilers, and their mixes (the … Continue reading

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Talking BSL with your Strata – Joanne and Brian’s story

We are frequently contacted by people in strata and rental housing that are affected by breed-specific language. Sometimes those in charge stand by these policies, even though they are outdated and ineffective, and turn away responsible owners. But many policy makers … Continue reading

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Radio-Canada takes a bite out of pseudoscience

When reporters are tasked to investigate stories, including dog bite stories, they are looking to include a few key things in their rush to deadline. They look for juicy quotes. They look for digestible statistics. And they try to make a nod … Continue reading

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