OTTAWA – JULY 13, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies congratulates the City of Chateauguay, Quebec on its decision to reverse its local pit bull ban.
“Evidence shows that this kind of breed-specific legislation does not accomplish its goals of lowering the number of dog bites and traumatic injuries from aggressive dogs,” says Pierre Sadik, Policy and Legislative Affairs Manager for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). “To effectively address the issue of dangerous dogs, we must educate the public about responsible dog ownership.”
CFHS does not support laws banning individual breeds. A dog’s breed or breed mix is not necessarily indicative or determinative of an individual dog’s temperament or propensity to aggression. Instead, we support legislation and programs that encourage informed, responsible dog ownership, including spay/neuter, licensing, permanent identification, leash laws, socializing and humane obedience training.
Our organization has submitted an official response to Quebec's Bill 128, which aims to ban pit bull-type dogs across Quebec and to tighten regulations on dogs that are either considered or reputed to be dangerous or potentially dangerous. The ban would include American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and any dog that is a mix of these breeds.
CFHS is available for comment on this issue.
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