At last report, a judge in Montreal had issued a 2-day stay on the enforcement of the city’s new breed-specific legislation. Now, he has extended that stay until the ASPCA’s challenge has made its way through the courts. Continue reading More Progress in Montreal→
The Montreal SPCA has asked for an injunction on the enforcement of the new breed-specific ban in Montreal. While the judge is considering their concerns, he has issued a 2-day stay. His final decision is expected on Wednesday, before the stay expires.
Somehow during a week dominated by the introduction of Sunny, his family’s new dog, President Obama was able to address the topic of breed specific legislation. What is breed specific legislation or BSL? It is any law that seeks to make it illegal to own a specific dog because of his or her breed. BSL has been used particularly against pit bulls. Advocates of BSL say it keeps people safer by limiting the number of dangerous dogs being kept as family pets. Those against BSL say there are no bad breeds, only bad breeders and owners who teach their dogs to be aggressive and / or dangerous.
If you didn’t live under a rock last fall, you may remember the exotic animal keeper in Zanesville, Ohio, who let his animals run loose before he killed himself. Lions and tigers and bears were found running loose and unfortunately, had to be killed to protect people living in the area. For a long time, Ohio has been at or near the bottom of the rankings of states for animal welfare laws. Changes are now being made, starting with the state’s treatment of dogs. Continue reading The End is Near for Breed-Specific Legislation in Ohio→
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