Repeal BSL in Ontario – Rally at Queen’s Park

Cheri and Miss Vickie - Courtesy Fred of One Bark at a Time

Cheri and Miss Vickie - Courtesy Fred of One Bark at a Time

As many of you realize, this ban has affected not just Pit Bulls, but ALL Bully breeds in Ontario, including Frenchies. French Bulldogs came dangerously close to being included in the last version of the ban, and without our involvement, it could actually come to pass next time around. Frenchies across Ontario have been targeted by ignorant ACs and the general public, with a KW owner being harassed recently for not muzzling their ‘pit bull puppy’.

It’s time to stand up and say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”, and to call for end to this ridiculous legislation that has killed so many innocent dogs in Ontario, and put so many others at risk.

Oh, and if you’re still ‘on the fence’ about this whole issue, meet one of the people who the government of Ontario allowed to testify in favor of BSL. Tom Skeldon is the Dog Warden of Lucas County, Ohio, and has made it his goal in life to kill as many Pit Bulls (including puppies under 3 months of age) as possible. He sees his job as ‘protecting people from dogs, not the other way around’, which goes a long way towards explaing a kill record that, for this year alone, includes:

131 German shepherds, 88 Chows, 38 Beagles, 31 Cocker Spaniels, and 16 Shar-peis, to the 16 Chihuahuas, 12 miniature pinschers, 11 Jack Russell terriers, 7 pugs, and 5 Lhasa Apsos.

And remember, that’s not including all the “Pit Bulls” and “Pit Bull mixes” he’s had summarily executed.

Mr. Skeldon also refuses to co operate with breed rescue groups, and dismisses the idea of a No Kill sheltering system as ‘ludicrous’.  This is the man that the Ontario government turned to for ‘professional advice’ when crafting our breed specific laws – a dog killing, un repentent monster, who has refused to step down from his post even in the wake of outspread cries for his resignation. Way to go, Ontario – I feel so proud.

Please come out on November 18th, and show your support for Cheri Di Novo, and for all of the other people who have tirelessly fought against DOLA.

I plan to be there, and it would be great if some other Frenchie owners could come out to support us. Heck, come even if you’re still just THINKING about getting a Frenchie!

By the way, the ever excellent Fred over at One Bark at a Time has an audio interview with Cheri Di Novo. Turns out Cheri is a Bull Terrier owner, and is actually quite up to speed on all of the issues involved with DOLA. Wow, another politician who actually examines facts! It’s starting to feel like my birthday.

On November 18th, 2009 a BILL will be put forth by MPP Cheri Di Novo to
Queens Park removing the breed specific part that is currently in Ontario’s Dog Owner’s Liability Act.

If possible, attend the morning PRESS RELEASE at the front of Queens Park
on November 18th, starting at 9:30 am and ending around 11:30 am.

Cheri will be presenting the Private Members Bill in the house around 3pm,
for those who would like to stay for the afternoon and would like to sit  in
the gallery.
PARKING.  For those who need parking and do not want to drive to the
Queens Park location,  attached is a list of subway stations where you can park cars.  One would have to check if there is a cost involved at their preferred station.

Please see Cheri Di Novo’s blog page for further information.

Cheri’s interview on newstalk1010, November 7th, 2009 on “The Ben Mercer

We have also designed a poster for people to put up in all areas of  Ontario
and the link to the poster is below.   We are in the middle of designing a
web page called “stopcanineprofiling” in support of the private members
bill.  It will be added to the poster as soon as it is decided if it will
be either dot com or dot ca.  When this is done (anytime now) the poster will
reflect the change and the support web site will be added to the poster.


In the meantime face book has a support page up and running.  The link to
it is below.  In the discussion pages are samples of letters.

If people, on face book, want to attend, please go to this EVENT page to confirm.

In the meantime, PLEASE feel free to write Cheri a letter of support.

We ask that you also phone, fax or write your local MPP’s and ask THEM to
support Cheri’s private members bill.  A full list of Ontario’s MPP’s is below.

Looking forward to a end of legalized discrimination and profiling in Ontario.