August 28, 2006

Dog Owners' rights are disappearing in Ontario

Please read the following articles to understand how Ontario's Bill 132, a piece of legislation that has often been called the "pit bull ban", has much more to do with all dog owners than most people realize.

Note the underlying theme of increasing restrictions on all dog owners with the ultimate aim of ending pet ownership. Note the various violations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in order to accomplish this, violations affecting not only owners of certain types of dogs, but owners of all dogs. Your rights are being taken away as you read this and you aren't even aware of it.

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Read Bill 132 in its entirety and then read the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and see how the fomer violates the latter. According to the Charter of Rights, every person in this country and, in particular, every citizen of this country, has the following rights (italics mine):
Section 1: a guarantee to the rights and freedoms set out in the Charter subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society;

Section 6(1): the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada;

Section 6(2): the right to move to and take up residence in any province and the right to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province;

Section 7: the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice;

Section 8: the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure;

Section 9: the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned;

Section 11(d): the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal;

Section 15: the right to be equal before and under the law and the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination.
Remember, this is not about dogs! This is about your rights, my rights, and the rights of every dog owner in the province. It's about the Liberal government ripping up the Charter of Rights, jumping up and down on it, then throwing it away, and somehow getting the support of a large segment of the population because nobody even recognizes what just happened!

People died and are still dying fighting for our right to be treated fairly and equally. Just because these Charter violations have been nicely packaged into a law about dogs, don't think for one second that it has anything to do with our four-legged friends. Read the list of violations again. Think of them in terms of people, you and me, not in terms of dogs.

Please help fight this discriminatory law. Here's how:
  • Donate to Banned Aid to support the constitutional challenge in the Superior Court of Ontario, the first of its kind in Canada;
  • Help the Dog Legislation Council of Canada and others run booths at various events;
  • Contact your MPP and let them know why you won't be voting Liberal on October 4, 2007. Even if your MPP is not Liberal, contact them anyway;
  • Encourage your friends, family members, coworkers, park members, veterinarians, trainers, and anyone else you meet to get involved, donate, become members of the DLCC or other groups;
  • Write to your local newspaper editor and tell them how you feel about this law and why.
And, most importantly, remember that My Dog Votes

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