Join Date: Jul 2014
Dogs Name: Vanya (Miniature Pinscher), Nadia (Doberman Pinscher)
Titles: SD CSAU TT IBAR SPOT CGN
Dogs Age: 17/03/09, 26/02/15
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Spock sure is a handsome fellow, thanks for the picture!
And yes, I forgot about prongs, but those will be illegal too. I assume most people who currently use them will switch to the type with a sleeve that hides them. Couple of people I know already do to avoid dirty looks.
Unfortunately the SPCA (which in Canada, if you follow the money will lead right back to PETA/HSUS) has lobbied a lot and applied a lot of pressure - we've had several heated municipal elections in the last couple of years. The previous administration wanted to ban Pit Bull Type dogs as well as include a clause saying they could add any dangerous breed or breed deemed dangerous without any sort of forewarning at any time. Many people in a panic had to give away their dogs and the SPCA had to ship dogs out of Montreal - and even the province since the provincial government was discussing a dangerous dogs act and breed specific legislation.
A lot of people were vocally opposed to the BSL, not least of which the SPCA. When the next municipal elections rolled around the most promising mayoral candidate cozied up to the SPCA to make promises etc. As a result, the SPCA now managed to influence legislation beyond just reversing the BSL. Mandatory spay/neuter in 2020. Although when I dropped in to renew Nadia's license one of the workers told me they *think* there will be a breeder permit. I told them breeders aren't the only responsible pet owners to keep their animals intact - show dog owners for example, some working sport owners etc. I also asked them if vasectomy/oss will be an acceptable alternative, because a law that demands mandatory pediatric speuter is not in fact a law concerned with real welfare. I also told them that banning training aids and tools is not going to help make dogs safer members of the community. The more out of control a large powerful dog is, the less likely the owner will take them out for walks/exercising. The less off-leash areas we have access too, the less excercising opportunities the dog will have. The more under-exercised and under-stimulated a dog is, the more dangerous it will become, and the vicious cycle starts all over again until the dog hits a breaking point.
Anyway BSL was pushed back so yay, but they retained other aspects of the dangerous dog act. For example, if your dog kills a squirrel they could be labeled as dangerous or at risk of being dangerous. I need to stop before I go on a rant about de-naturing, over-sanitizing and anthropomorphism of dogs.