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Wonderful news! The Pit Bull Ban in Montreal is officially over!

In September of 2016, Montreal’s city councilors passed absurd breed-specific legislation (BSL) against Pit Bulls that essentially outlawed the breed, due to the irrational fear that this “dangerous” breed would attack innocent citizens. No dog considered a Pit Bull was allowed to be adopted from shelters and so, all dogs that didn’t have an “owner” at the time of the legislation were to be euthanized (thankfully, many veterinarians disagreed with the bill so much they refused to euthanize Pit Bulls that don’t have a record of biting or were perfectly healthy). As for people who already owned Pit Bulls, they were forced to follow stringent rules.

Understandably, Pit Bull lovers worldwide were outraged and the legislation was challenged in a lawsuit filed by the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Thankfully, in November of 2017, Valérie Plante, the newly elected mayor of Montreal promised to repeal the breed-specific restrictions and she did! The provisions of the bylaw targeting Pit Bulls have now been dropped!

“Montreal is a welcoming city for pet owners and will remain so,” Coun. Craig Sauvé told CBC. We are glad the city of Montreal understands that all dogs should be welcome! Not to mention breed-specific legislation is notoriously ineffective and has not helped lower the numbers of dog bite attacks … at all … in any place it has been implemented.

Sadly, Pit Bulls are still the most wrongly marginalized in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. These dogs carry the burden of years of false stigma and myths that they are naturally vicious animals when actually, this stereotype comes from the fact that they are frequently abused and misused in illegal dogfighting rings.

When given the chance, Pit Bulls can be very loving companions, and in some communities, they have even become heroes, saving people and their guardians from harm. Some even protect citizens by using their talents by working on a police force!

Be sure to share this fantastic news for Pit Bulls within your network!

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99 comments on “Cruel Pit Bull Ban in Montreal Is Finally Over!”

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Lisa Luz
11 Days ago

Really? The dog that attacked me and my dog wasn’t a pit bull.


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Lisa Luz
11 Days ago

Finally


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Nancy Smith
11 Days ago

Great News! However, shame on PETA for supporting the pit bull ban and culling (see below). Their name really stands for: People Euthanizing Trusting Animals! "PETA Applauds Montreal. Translation: Dogs Are Going to Die" http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/12257304 PETA has been killing dogs for years: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2979220 http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?cat=10 More documentation on how PETA treats dogs they "rescue" https://www.petakillsanimals.com "Today, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) congratulated the City of Montreal for passing a racist breed ban, which will cause the deaths of thousands and thousands of dogs." How dare PETA call themselves protecters of animals when they support a kill law for pit bulls in Montreal! PETA's dog killing atrocities have been reported many times and now they come out to back the holocaust against pit bulls (including dogs with any percentage of pit bull)! If you've donated to PETA you should ask for your money back! #PETAkills #PeopleEuthanizingTrustingAnimals #PETAsucks #DontSupportPETA


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Nancy Smith
11 Days ago

Great News! However, shame on PETA for supporting the pit bull ban and culling (see below). Their name really stands for: People Euthanizing Trusting Animals! "PETA Applauds Montreal. Translation: Dogs Are Going to Die" http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/12257304 PETA has been killing dogs for years: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2979220 http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?cat=10 More documentation on how PETA treats dogs they "rescue" https://www.petakillsanimals.com "Today, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) congratulated the City of Montreal for passing a racist breed ban, which will cause the deaths of thousands and thousands of dogs." How dare PETA call themselves protecters of animals when they support a kill law for pit bulls in Montreal! PETA's dog killing atrocities have been reported many times and now they come out to back the holocaust against pit bulls (including dogs with any percentage of pit bull)! If you've donated to PETA you should ask for your money back! #PETAkills #PeopleEuthanizingTrustingAnimals #PETAsucks #DontSupportPETA


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Visnu Fraenkel
12 Days ago

Correcting...incorrect perception https://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-the-first-official-pit-bull-police-dog-in-the-state-of-new-york/


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Visnu Fraenkel
12 Days ago

AWESOME NEWS. Just amazed at how many prejudice haters there are against the breed. I never even for a moment thought about adopting this breed of dog...but it happened and it opened my eyes to what an amazing loving dog they are. I will be adopting this breed and standing up for them for the rest of my life. We fell so much in love with the breed that we adopted a second. Our two adopted pit bulls...so much love and joy they share with us. We are truly thankful to have them in our lives.


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John Pasqua
13 Days ago

GREAT NEWS FOR THE PIT BULLS.


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Harve Morgan
13 Days ago

Wonderful news for California ! We'll be dumping all our unwanted pits on you guys. Now we don't send the best ones to you, oh no, why would we do that? We keep the best for us. We send you the problem pits, the ones our shelters won't adopt to our public, only rescues can take them out in a crate, not even on a leash, deemed aggressive. And in the name of No Kill, we load 'em up and send them to Canada. You're such a great country to take these problem pits and even fight for them, OMG ! So get ready for those pit convoys headed your way.


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Heather Clemenceau
13 Days ago

How awful! Being forced to follow "stringent rules" that they should have had the common sense to employ in the first place! If Franklin Frontal had followed a few "stringent rules" such as keeping his pit bull in his own yard, Christiane Vadnais would still be alive. Thou doth protest too much!


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Joe Patterson
13 Days ago

Your advocacy for pit bulls contributes to the ignorance of others to the true risks of these dogs. When 100000s of people are bitten by these monsters, especially children in inner cities, and the dozens deaths that occur each year. Where is your advocy for the children and need for strong laws to help prevent these disasters thay occur on a daily basis???


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Joe Patterson
05 Jan 2018

Dislike the excuse..oh my dog never bit before....are you going to take my dog...or the reality of the danger after the attack occurs and then they euthanize the dog. Wake up already!

Joe Patterson
05 Jan 2018

Some' green world' of green with ignorance!!!

Joe Patterson
06 Jan 2018

31 years of dealing with the excuses on the job. If they were a defective toy they would be recalled

Visnu Fraenkel
07 Jan 2018

Be very careful...dangerous pit bull on the loose 😅😂🐾

Visnu Fraenkel
07 Jan 2018

Pit bull with our foster kitten. He is real scary I know.🤣😂😅

Visnu Fraenkel
07 Jan 2018

Pit bull with our foster dog. Just terrifying 😂🤣

Visnu Fraenkel
07 Jan 2018

oh no two pit bulls with foster kitties...HELP 🤣😂

Visnu Fraenkel
07 Jan 2018

Thanks for displaying your ignorance...and prejudice, and judging the thousands of pit bulls who are truly just sweet, loyal, loving, and absolute cuddle babies. 🙏

Joe Patterson
07 Jan 2018

Numbers speak for themselves. Insurance companies deny pits and others...children are injured by the hundreds every single day...to say the animal cannot injure severealy is denying reality. Your dogs may be the good ones but the rest of us have to kive with a risk that is too great. How many children have to get hurt before we say change is needed?

Eilidh Somerville
07 Jan 2018

Visnu Fraenkel Your pictures do not magic away the fact that pits were deliberately bred to be dangerous. Dog fighters and baiters wanted extremely powerful and super game dogs. Ones that would fight and attack without warning or provocation, that would do maximum damage and that would be so immune to pain that they could continue fighting/attacking even when injured.



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