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Important Message From Bannned Aid

Conners
September 27th, 2006, 11:18 PM
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BANNED AID - PLEASE CROSSPOST


Ontario.

Twice the size of Texas.

Three times the size of Germany.

Five times the size of the United Kingdom.

Home to a breed-specific legislative ban covering the largest geo-political area in the world.

A ban that discriminates not by action or deed, but by physical appearance.

A ban that targets not only "pitbulls", American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers", but haunts *ANY* pure-or-crossbred canine bearing a substantial physical resemblance to one of the aforementioned. The 2004 brainchild of the province's Attorney General, Michael Bryant, the now-infamous Bill 132 was conceived as a vote-grabbing safety measure; a poorly designed and ill-appointed law geared to target the public's visceral fear of dog attacks. Implemented in August of 2005, retribution against innocent canines and their owners was swift.


Walking your pet without a muzzle now means risking seizure without warrant. Visitors and residents alike travelling without certified documentation face the spectre of breed (mis)-identification looming around every corner.


Pets showing natural protective tendencies within the boundaries of their home turf may now be turned in on the suspicion of being 'menacing'. This last is particularly frightening; simple barking at passers-by can be interpreted as 'threatening behaviour' by control officers with no training in either animal behaviour or breed identification. Failure to pass muster on any of the above can and will result in a one-way trip to the official's choice of humane society, pound or research facility. There are few second chances.


This ban has raised both the conscience and ire of dog lovers from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island . It's not just a 'pit-bull' issue. It's a Rottweiler issue, a Doberman issue. It's about Boxers and Bullmastiffs, Bull Terriers, Neapolitan Mastiffs and Boston Terriers, Great Danes and Vizslas... are you surprised? These are but a handful of breeds that have come under scrutiny and endured public censure following the implementation and subsequent over-broad interpretation of A.G. Bryant's Bill.


From the beginning, concerned groups and individuals questioned the feasibility of a legal challenge - a challenge directed at the violation of constitutional rights, yet still allowing for the punishment of those who willfully put animals and people in harm's way. Prominent trial and constitutional lawyer Clayton Ruby was immediately retained.


With the help of the American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Canada, the Golden Horseshoe American Pit Bull Terrier Club, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada and Advocates for the Underdog, a coalition was formed including the Dog Legislation Council of Canada and aptly named "Banned-Aid". This group was to play a prominent role in the ensuing months, bringing the plight of Ontario's dogs to those who otherwise might never have considered the gravity of the situation. Their determination paid off; the spring of 2006 saw a trial date set, and on May 15th, 16th and 18th, Justice T. Herman heard final arguments from both sides in Ontario's Superior Court.


The battle, however, is not quite over. Government-initiated delays have resulted in the near-doubling of our legal fees, which have long passed initial "guesstimates" and are closing in on the 1/2 million mark. In this we are running out of time. Generous time allowances by Clayton Ruby's offices have merely slowed the inevitable, that being we *MUST* come up with $ 100,000 in two weeks' time for this case to continue.


The importance of being present to rebut this new motion cannot be overestimated. Lacking an opposing legal presence gives government lawyers carte blanche while countering from our side greatly increases the chances of any further introductions being struck down as frivolous. Ruby strongly believes this attempt to be a last-gasp 'smoke screen' effort by our opposition, carefully orchestrated to bring us to our financial knees. We cannot let this happen. If we have come this far, it is in large part due to the faith of our members, friends and allies - individuals who possess the same gritty determination hallmarking the breeds this Bill seeks to eliminate forever.

We are so very, very close. For the latest updates and news briefs, we urge you to visit the Dog Legislation Council of Canada website at:
http://www.doglegislationcouncilcanada.org/

If you believe - as we do - that victory is a mere leash-length away, then please help by donating to the Ontario Legal Challenge of Bill 132 through the following agents:
Banned-Aid Coalition - http://www.bannedaid.com/

Send a cheque or money order payable to Banned Aid to:
Cathy Prothro
National Secretary/Treasurer - Banned Aid Coalition
351 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth NS B2Y 3S4
Mark a cheque "Banned Aid - In Trust' on the memo line; make payable to "Ruby and Edwardh" and send to:
Ruby and Edwardh
11 Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1B2

No donation is too small, no suggestion unimportant. Each and every contribution is humbly appreciated - indeed, more than can be possibly expressed. We know the dogs this saves would thank you if they could.

Respectfully
Banned Aid Coalition
351 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth NS B2S 3Y4
Canada

This post expresses the view of the poster and does not necessarily reflect the views of the owners of Pets.ca

twodogsandacat
September 28th, 2006, 07:44 AM
Victory is a mere leash-length away. Then hopefully we can work WITH the next government to put in some laws that make sense.

I will make a donation.

mastifflover
September 28th, 2006, 08:26 AM
I see another tactic by this government to try and bankrupt your group so they do not have to be embarrassed by a group of well meaning dog lovers and owners. This is really a sad situation have you considered taking it to the media maybe you could gain more funding to help fight these idiots opps I mean politicians. Well all I can say is when the liberals show up at my door begging for votes they will be greeted by my English Mastiff and we all know how vicious they are. Be aware people this affects every dog and dog owner not just the breeds mentioned so we all need to help. I will be sending you a donation. Good luck you are doing a great job we really do appreciate all your hard work

OntarioGreys
September 28th, 2006, 10:01 AM
It would even help to have a Paypal account for donations allows peple to m,ake the donation while they are sitting at the computer and the thoughts fresh in their mind

Saradog
September 28th, 2006, 12:51 PM
If you go to www.bannedaid.com and click on Donate (upper right of home page), you'll get a PayPal button.

Conners
September 28th, 2006, 03:48 PM
There are so many other ways to contibute and have fun with it too.
Louise from http://www.allforpaws.ca/ has kindly created a doggy t-shirt for the DLCC and $5.00 from each shirt will be going to the legal challenge fund! I bought one for Shasta and can hardly wait to get it.
2nd ANNUAL K9 FUN DAY!
EVERYONE WELCOME! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM through the DLCC. Best part is 100% of all funds raised at K-9 Fun Day go to the legal defense fund!
Here's an easy way to help out in the legal defence fund.
http://www.goodpooch.com/home.htm
2007 Beautiful Staffies and their Ladies Calendar, visit www.staffordcanada.com and a whole lot more ways.
If we can just keep spreading the word and letting people know, the government won't beat us. We CAN do this!!! :thumbs up

seeker
September 28th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Here it is "our" government using "our" money against us .
It is time to get serious and vote with our wallets and purses.

twodogsandacat
September 29th, 2006, 04:11 PM
Here it is "our" government using "our" money against us .
It is time to get serious and vote with our wallets and purses.

The big wind did blow this week seeker. Dalton told the doctors to hang iin there while Smitherman threatened to cut funding to hospitals that can't find doctors to staff the emerg so they out sourced it to a private company. Seems that the message is: Left hand don't know what the right hand is doing.

babyrocky1
September 29th, 2006, 08:49 PM
Ive posted a few ideas for fundraising on the site but I think alot of us are pretty tapped out, we need to think of some novel ways of reaching out to the broader dog community but quickly!
What Mastifflover says is sooo true, its not just pit bull people guys, everyones rights are at stake and not just dog owners either. Charter rights protect everyone so please if you havent gotten involved before we really need you now! Im sure they are trying this sleeze move cause they know it will cost big bucks! If it will cost us money, it will most certainly cost the tax payers big money too....they have no problem with that though!

babyrocky1
September 29th, 2006, 08:53 PM
It would even help to have a Paypal account for donations allows peple to m,ake the donation while they are sitting at the computer and the thoughts fresh in their mindI think they have one on the site.

Conners
September 30th, 2006, 03:26 AM
What I don't understand is how the Government-initiated delays? I thought once the hearing was done, nobody could get involved until after the verdict. Can someone please explain that to me.

seeker
September 30th, 2006, 06:57 AM
The big wind did blow this week seeker. Dalton told the doctors to hang iin there while Smitherman threatened to cut funding to hospitals that can't find doctors to staff the emerg so they out sourced it to a private company. Seems that the message is: Left hand don't know what the right hand is doing.

This might be the incident .

It was early so don't quote me . This morning there was a news report on 680 saying that Doctors are so few and far between in an Ontario city {I think Kitchener or Guelph ,like I said it was early} That they are going to not even be in the Emergency room at one hospital so they can properly man one of the others and all emergency calls will be directed to only one hospital in the city .


How long will this "comedy act " continue?

mesaana
September 30th, 2006, 07:23 AM
I've sent a small donation. This stupid law must go away...

babyrocky1
September 30th, 2006, 06:39 PM
What I don't understand is how the Government-initiated delays? I thought once the hearing was done, nobody could get involved until after the verdict. Can someone please explain that to me. I think they have conviced the judge to look at something new, Why, I dont understand and I also dont know how much we are supposed to talk about. I would have thought that once the case had been presented anything more could be added but maybe thats not so under a charter case..
:confused: :shrug: