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Bill C-132 - Permission to xpost

hounds003
November 3rd, 2004, 09:45 AM
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A copy of Mr. Bryant's Act to amend the Dog Owners' Liability Act to
increase public safety in relation to dogs, including pit bulls, and to
make related amendments to the Animals for Research Act has gone through
1st reading (October 26, 2004) in the Ontario Legislature.
The sentiment is that this legislation is going to pass and it will be
pushed through the house as quickly as possible.
Included in this Act is a section giving broader authority to
police/municipal law enforcement officers to enter one's property,
including one's home, with a warrant or reason to where a justice of the
peace is satisfied by information or affirmation that that are
reasonable grounds to believe that a dog is in any building [...] and it
is not in the desireable interests of public safety that the dog be in
that location. As well as to seize a dog on public property that is
believed to be a menace.
This section broadens police powers and should be a very frightening
thought to all Ontarioans.
In addition, the Act does not indicate that the bite/attack be without
provocation and has broadened the range of offences to include a dog
that has behaved in a manner that poses a menace to the safety of
persons or domestic animals.
The definition for such menacing behaviour is not included.
If you live in Ontario, you should be very, very concerned about the
impact this Act, if passed, could have not only on your life with your
dogs, but your ability to place dogs that have not been adequately
socialized and may bark, etc. when on the end of a leash or behind a
fence, behaviour that could be construed by your neighbours as menacing.

Mr. Bryant seems to have "solved" the "problem" of what to do with all
the pit bulls that will be abandoned by this act, he has made it so that
they may be transferred to research facilities.
Included in the breed list are Am. Staffs, Staffordshire bull terriers,
APBTs, and a "member of a class of dogs that have any appearance and
physical characteristics that are substantially similar to dogs referred
to in any of the clauses (a) to (d).
It is estimated 30% of the population in Ontario have dogs. That is a
large segment of the population, a minority whose voices should not be
ignored.
To read the bill:
http://www.ontla.on.ca/documents/Bills/38_Parliament/Session1/b132.pdf
You may also read the debates surrounding this bill:
http://www.ontla.on.ca/hansard/house_debates/38_parl/session1/pdfL078A.p
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http://www.ontla.on.ca/hansard/house_debates/38_parl/session1/pdfL078A.p
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Petitions are available on line, to stop the passing of legislation and
start a public consultation process, 100,000 signatures from Ontario
residents are required. If you have not signed one of the petitions
against this ban, and wish to do so, the Toronto Humane Society's is at:

http://www.petitiononline.com/newban2/petition.html
You may download a petition on which to collect signatures at:
http://www.dogwatch.net/files/petition2.pdf
If you are a member of the CKC, you should sign the petition at:
http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?DLCC
Information on the breed ban:
http://www.dogwatch.net/fight_ontario_ban/index.html
To send an email to the Critic of the Opposition, contact Joe Tascona,
joe_tascona@ontla.ola.org
You are also encouraged to write to your MPP asking a NO vote on Bill
132 and to push for this to not only go to committee, but public
consultation. If your MPP is a Liberal, you may wish to write to the
Conservative and NDP MPPs as they can vote NO.
Please make sure that you talk about this Bill and its implications with
your friends, family and co-workers who have dogs. Don't let Mr. Bryant
or Premier McGuinty believe that approximately 30% of Ontario voters
owned by dogs do not care or support this Bill. Remind them that on the
other end of your dog's leash is a responsible pet owner who will not
forget Bill C-132 when it comes time to vote again.
Krys

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mastifflover
November 3rd, 2004, 10:28 AM
This is unbelievable so in other words every dog is now at risk in some way or another. I really don't think most of the public is aware of this section and it needs to be put out there so people will know that there dog is at risk as well. People are under the impression that this only about Pits and Staffs

Schwinn
November 3rd, 2004, 11:12 AM
Bottom line, someone calls the authorities on your dog and says he was growling through the fence, they can take it away from you. Hope you don't have any vindictive neighbours!!