Unbelievable - all the money, blood, sweat and tears put in by owners of bully dogs - and owners of every other type of dog all across this country here in Canada - and across the world - to show the people of Ontario, that the ban their government had imposed on pit bulls was draconian, wrong, unnecessary, ill-advised, targetted the wrong thing, was baseless, wouldn't fix the problem - if there was indeed one in their province - and we were all willing to put our money where our mouth was.
So literally 100's of thousands of dollars was raised and faith was put in the man named Clayton Ruby so that the fight could be taken all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada - and today that battle was lost. In a CTV news article just published - "The Ontario Appeal Court concluded that pit bulls are dangerous and unpredictable dogs that have the potential to attack without warning."
Really, they couldn't be more more wrong. How can something so important to so many people have come to such an illogical conclusion? How could this have ended so badly? I am really confused. Things are always supposed to end so that the right decisions are being made when it's the smartest people in the country making the decisions. I don't understand. How can they be legislating the deaths of animals that absolutely don't deserve it? Did they even go anywhere to meet an animal that they could find that they'd call a "pit bull"?
Did they know the fallout of what their decision would be? And what is going to happen now? That it's going to give legislators and dog haters everywhere carte blanche to start killing square headed muscular dogs wherever they find them? I just don't understand it. It is such a dark day for Ontario, there aren't any words to describe it.
Everywhere else in the world is beginning to see the light and repeal their bsl laws - and here in Canada - it's becoming firmly entrenched. For the places where it hasn't come to yet - we've got to make sure that it doesn't take a foothold, that's for sure. And we've got to fight hard.
And we've also got to make sure that Ontario knows how displeased dog owners are with this decision - a total embargo on Ontario by every dog loving Canadian. It's the only way until there is no bsl in Ontario.
Here's the CTV article -
SCC will not hear appeal of Ontario's pit bull ban
Updated Thu. Jun. 11 2009 10:26 AM ET
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a bid to quash Ontario's ban on pit bulls.
The attempt to take the fight to Canada's highest court was launched in April by lawyer Clayton Ruby.
In his submission to the Supreme Court, Ruby argued there is no scientific or statistical basis to conclude that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs.
He asked the Supreme Court to review a decision from Ontario's Appeal Court last October that upholds the province's ban.
Today, the high court dismissed the application to hear the appeal.
The Ontario Appeal Court concluded that pit bulls are dangerous and unpredictable dogs that have the potential to attack without warning.
The Ontario government enacted the Dog Owners' Liability Act in 2005 to ban the breeding, sale and ownership of pit bulls after several incidents in which the dogs attacked people.