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Pit bull ban hasn’t slowed dog bites

Banning pit bulls has had no significant effect on slowing the number of dog bites in Ontario, Canada, according to a study by the Toronto Humane Society.

Results of a humane society survey of municipalities show no significant drop in dog bite cases since the provincial government passed breed specific legislation in 2005 — a law that required pit bulls to be muzzled in public and resulted in “countless” pit bulls and Staffordshire Terriers being destroyed.

In a statement Wednesday, the humane society called on the provincial government to amend the legislation and ” stop the punishment of innocent animals,” the Toronto Sun reports.

According to statistics, there was a 10 percent drop in dog bite cases in 2005, but after 2006 the number increased to the 2004 level.

The law was touted by the attorney general at the time as one that would “make our streets safer.”

Apparently, it has not, Humane Society spokesman Ian McConachie noted.

McConachie said outlawing specific dog breeds “targets the wrong source of the problem: “Dogs are not born violent,” but are “made that way by irresponsible owners who train them to be that way or neglect them …”

“If we want to reduce the number of dog bites we have to address the route cause of the problem, those irresponsible owners who do not appropriately care for their animals.” he said.

Comments

Comment from 43poundtornado.
Time April 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

Destroying dogs would make our streets safer huh. Oh the irony. Could it be any more obvious this guy had ulterior motives all along. Obviously if “making the streets safer” was ever on Michael Bryant’s agenda, he would have faced up to his own court trial by this stage. What a spineless, manipulative character his is.

Comment from adriana Barnes
Time October 3, 2010 at 12:40 am

need your help we are starting our tour in October we have a Pitbull named Junior . who is about to be sertafide as a service dog for his owner need to know who I can talk to to be ablr to bring in s Pitbull to canada, Onterio my cell phone 310-925-1083

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