Randy Hillier, one of the sponsors of Bill 16, left a comment on my last blog entry that significantly increases my optimism about this bill’s potential to become law, so much so that I decided to write an updated article about it.
Here is a great article by LeeAnn O’Reilly, president of the Dog Legislation Council of Canada, with whom I have worked for six years.
Andrew Kirschner from the group “Stop Viacom and BET from airing The Michael Vick Project” spoke with a representative from Viacom this week who confirmed that BET will be airing the Michael Vick Reality Project. As you know, $Vick$ signed a “lucrative contract” (undisclosed terms) to star in his own reality show. It is time for us to prepare to boycott the show’s commercial sponsors.
An emaciated pit bull and her eight neglected puppies, whose teenage owners advertised them for sale on craigslist.org, are recovering at the Nanaimo SPCA. No charges are expected to be filed.
Yesterday, I went to Nanaimo BC to attend a seminar by Bill Bruce, manager of Bylaw Services for Calgary Alberta. Putting it bluntly, Calgary has the best run Animal Services department in North America. Here’s a quick overview.
Congratulations to Nackawic town council for listening to your dog owners! There are plenty of other places in this country that could learn a thing or two from you.
Congratulations to Kris, Cheyenne, Dakota, and Tahoe for being presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Just stay away from Ontario as you travel the continent saving lives.
We are searching for FOUR demonstration dogs with various issues for a “CANINE CONFLICT” seminar with Cheryl Smith and Calvin Thompson in Beeton, Ontario, Canada in May 2009.
The pit bull puppy in my earlier story Animal cruelty and the Ontario government is now on her way to be cremated. She died this morning at the vet’s office.
Here is a reasonably intelligent commentary on “pit bulls”, albeit from an author who is admittedly biased toward this particular type of dog. Like myself, however, he wasn’t always that way.You can read his story at: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/article.aspx?id=17766 In general, this is a well-articulated discussion of the plight of these dogs on this continent. There are, [...]
If you want proof that the mind of the Ontario government was made up BEFORE the Bill 132 committee hearings, you need look no further than these comments by Conservative MPP Joe Tascona and NDP MPP Peter Kormos, in opposition to the Bill.Any rational, logical person could not listen to what these two men had [...]
Craig McInnes of the Vancouver Sun wrote this article in September which initially appeared to lament the dangers of loose dogs to children.The basic premise of the first third of his story, and certainly the gist of the headline, is that a child, when walking or playing in a place where the child is supposed [...]
Tuesday uncovered a few more media outlets covering the story of the eleven-year-old boy ordering his dog to attack other children.I won’t be so presumptious as to pretend that letters to the editors from myself and others made a difference. It’s probably just the rest of the news organizations catching up to the Toronto Star. [...]
Thank you to the Toronto Star for being the ONLY paper to print this story.I was not able to find the story in any other newspaper. This incident did not happen in a small, obscure town with only one daily or weekly paper. This happened in Toronto, with at least six daily newspapers and many [...]
The blatant media pandering to an irrational public fear is starting to get a little old.Below, I’ve copied all three articles from the St. Catharines Standard about a dog and woman being bitten by a “pit bull”. I had to do this because, unfortunately, the Standard, like the rest of the Osprey Media publications, start [...]
Here is a brief summary of a survery conducted by Ipsos Canada. The summary was also produced by Ipsos, so the “interesting tidbits” listed for each city have been selected by the editors of the news release and, as such, may not actually be the most revealing statistics. I’m hoping to get the full report [...]
I received this letter today from East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please read and act. Miakoda’s dead. My baby. My pride & joy. Cole’s best friend…….is dead. All because of some irresponsible *******. I’ll got into more detail later, but what happened was the temp outside was nice, all the neighbors were out working the yards [...]
I recognize that some people encourage human aggression in their dogs, including training them to intimidate or attack people. I recognize that some people encourage dog aggression in their dogs, including training them to fight each other.I recognize that some people allow their dogs to run loose or escape and thus create fear in their [...]
Since I’ve been involved in dog legislation issues, I have seen many newspaper articles and TV stories about “pit bulls”. They range from ridiculous to horrifying and everything in between.I have seen instances of articles being passed from newspaper to newspaper throughout the world, cases of multiple local and national newspapers and TV stations carrying [...]
There was a time when, if asked, I would have said that only licensed, ethical breeders of registered, purebred dogs should be allowed to breed, in order to eliminate backyard breeding and puppy milling. As with most absolutes, I have gradually been forced to re-examine that attitude, for a variety of reasons.I guess, first of [...]