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New Brunswick Bans bad owners Rejects BSL!!! HOORAY

November 18th, 2004, 09:43 AM
> Corner Brook, Newfoundland - November 17, 2004 - The Dog Legislation
> of Canada ("DLCC") is delighted to announce that the Province of
> New Brunswick
> will not be enacting breed specific legislation.
> The Province has chosen to pursue the proactive routes of:
> - Penalizing irresponsible owners;
> - Penalizing irresponsible breeders;
> - Penalizing puppy mills and backyard breeders;
> - Requiring spay or neuter of companion animals;
> - Increasing fines for all infractions;
> - Pursuing criminal charges and sentences for negligence or abuse;
> - Requiring increased insurance for owners found guilty of negligence or
> abuse; and,
> - Imposing a lifetime dog ownership ban on owners found guilty of criminal
> charges under the legislation.
> LeeAnn O'Reilly, President of the DLCC, said, "We could not be more
> delighted
> with the Province's decision.* The Government of New Brunswick has proven
> that it is a thoughtful, responsible government by closely examining the
> issue of
> the irresponsible dog owner, and consulting with canine experts and
> for factual information, workable suggestions, and solutions.* The
> Government
> of New Brunswick is now prepared to enact appropriate, enlightened
> legislation."
> "Clive Wilkinson, Cheryl Campbell, and the DLCC team of Dawne Deeley,
> Janet
> Chernin, Pierre Schelling, Cathy Prothro and Katie Law made eloquent
> presentations, we could not be more proud of their efforts and the result.
> We
> are also honoured by the attention Mr. Kelly Lamrock gave this issue, and
> his
> willingness to hear the facts concerning breed specific legislation.* The
> is honoured to have been asked to work with New Brunswick in
> drafting the provincial legislation", said Ms. O'Reilly.
> The DLCC is pleased to announce that Cheryl Campbell has accepted the
> position of New Brunswick Director for the DLCC.* The DLCC is privileged
> have a representative of Ms. Campbell's caliber in the Province of New
> Brunswick.
> The Dog Legislation Council of Canada ("DLCC") is a Canada-wide
> non-profit
> organization dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership, assisting
> provincial and municipal governments to develop effective licensing and
> enforcement
> legislation, and educating the public regarding dog bite prevention.* The
> does not support any legislation that targets a breed instead of the real
> problem - the irresponsible owner.* Its members are expected to abide by
> promote the DLCC Code of Ethics.
> The DLCC is a proud member of the Banned Aid Legal Defense Fund -

Sorry about the > Its copied from an email ;)

November 18th, 2004, 09:58 AM
That's great! Thanks for posting (> and all!)! :thumbs up

November 18th, 2004, 10:22 AM
Hmmm...sounds suspiciously similar to the recommendations in the Trempe inquest! You mean a government actually acknowledged it? :thumbs up

Congratulations DLCC and New Brunswick. Great work!

Mel and Max

November 18th, 2004, 02:04 PM
I was absolutely delighted to hear this, and I've sent this off to all the MPPs.

November 18th, 2004, 03:42 PM
Oops, I posted what I thought was a hot off the press story from Canadian Press (since it is not yet on the NB CBC web site) but you already have posted a story. There were some excellent presentations to the Legislature committee - all against Lamrock's idea. The briefs were not simply the typical no bad dogs but bad owner theme but well researched and insightful presentations. One woman whose pit bull assists her in her wheel chair brought her dog Clancy to the hearings.

It helps that one of the Minsters in the NB government is married to a vet and used to manage his clinic. <g>

Seriously, every brief was oppossed to the legislation and overrode the tragic and highly emotional attack on a toddler by several large dogs. Both toddler and dogs were unsupervised but some opportunistic politicians grabbed the issue and ran with it. Fortunately, more level heads prevailed!

November 18th, 2004, 03:50 PM
Great news,now maybe others will see the light :thumbs up I doubt M Bryant will though,he will enact this ban just out of spite and his hatred of dogs :evil: Hopefully the opposition-parties will stop him,or the Liberals are digging their own grave.

November 18th, 2004, 03:55 PM
remember though the liberals only make up the minority of the government so if we can stir the opposition more then we may have a case.

November 18th, 2004, 03:59 PM
The situation is different in NB in that the bill was introduced by an opposition member - and the Tories have a very slim minority. But, you do have the benefit - as noted - of the other parties overriding the government. Much depends on how well the animal lovers lobby can marshall support!! If the govt thinks the majority of voters are opposed to the bill, they may back down.

November 18th, 2004, 04:07 PM
remember though the liberals only make up the minority of the government so if we can stir the opposition more then we may have a case.

The liberals in Ontario are a majority government. It's the federal liberals that are minority. Unfortunatly, all they need is a majority vote from the liberals to pass the ban.

November 18th, 2004, 04:13 PM
I wondered about the situation in Ont - thought the Liberals had won a fairly healthy majority. (But did not want to contradict anyone from Ont and assumed maybe I'd been mistaken). That makes it a lot tougher!!

If I were there, I'd contact every card carrying Liberal in the province and every one who donated to the Ontario Liberal party who owns a dog!! These are the people who worked in the campiagns and aid for the election campaign.

That has to carry some weight!!

November 18th, 2004, 04:36 PM

I think we should reward politicians who think & listen! :thumbs up

December 30th, 2004, 10:55 PM
Just figured I'd drop the link in here. I think they had already decided against it, but it does give their findings.