BSL UPDATE: News from Queen's Park
Bill 147, Public Safety related to Dogs Statute Amendment Act, 2019 repealing BSL has been tabled in the Ontario Legislature.
Our Ontario Director, Candy Beauchamp attended the Media Conference at the Toronto Humane Society and the Ontario Legislature session where the Bill was introduced. She reported:
The press conference (introducing the Bill) at the Toronto Humane Society went off really well. MPP’s Rick Nichols and David Piccini spoke clearly about how the amendments to the DOLA and the new PAWS (Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act) go together. PAWS will put the onus of responsibility firmly on the owners of animals (Irresponsible owners will be fined up to $75,000 for a first offence, or 6 months in jail). Education is advocated as well. The changes in the amendment to the DOLA are to remove the breed specific portion and to push for ownership responsibility. Rick Nichols dubbed it “Owner Specific Legislation” which is very apt in my opinion.
Cheri di Novo attended as well and spoke, as did a spokesperson from the Ontario Veterinary Association, and the introduction was from the Toronto Humane Society. Questions were answered clearly and concisely by David Piccini. This MPP knows his stuff and was well able to deal with the usual questions from the Toronto Star.
Over to Queen's Park, where the Second reading started just after 3pm. MPP Nichols introduced it. Members of the NDP and Conservative parties discussed it and when the vote was taken, it passed 36-12. Sadly 3 Conservative Ministers voted against the Bill. The Bill has gone to committee and 3rd reading. No date has been set yet.
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We need your participation!
On behalf of Banned Aid 2019, along with PC MPP David Piccini, we are happy to announce a proposed Bill, that will repeal the breed specific language contained in the Dog Owners Liability Act.
This has been a long hard fight in Ontario but we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
Please sign the petition and share far and wide. We need a many Ontario signatures as possible. Please read through the information on the website. It contains more detail.
There is also a printable petition. Please print and get a many signatures as you can. Family, friends, co -workers etc and send them to David Piccini's office.
Thank you to MPP David Piccini for meeting with us and hearing our voices.
David is a dog lover himself and understands the injustices to the dog owners of Ontario.
Now do a happy dance and get signing and sharing!
Please see a sample letter you can use to write to politicians. We need as many people as possible to embark on this letter writing campaign. We have some people on our side, but we need people to get active and remind them that proper legislation needs to be in place that makes all dog owners responsible regardless of breed.
Dear (insert politician name here)
I am writing to express concern regarding the Dog Owners Liability Act. On March 1, 2005, Bill 132 was passed by the Legislative Assembly as the
Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act 2005.
Public hearings were held in 2004 (Bill 132)and again in 2012 (Bill 16). All experts testified against enacting breed specific legislation. World wide, where such legislation has been introduced dog bites have not decreased. What has worked is education combined with putting the onus on the owner not the breed. In 2012 in Ontario, an amendment to remove the breed specific portion passed second reading. It died whenthe Liberals brought the session of parliament to an end.
We are asking the current government to re-introduce legislation to remove the breed specific part of DOLA. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada fully supported MPP HIllierʼs efforts in his attempts to remove this breed specific section. It will fully support, in every way, the government in its proposal to remove this section. Just like people, dogs should not be legislated against by their appearance, but by their acts.
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