"Dangerous”, “violent”, “unpredictable”. These are just some of the words used to describe American Staffordshire terrier, or ‘Pit Bull’ for short. Controversially loved, conveniently hated, this breed has been banned in Ontario since 2005. Many thought this ban would reduce the incidence and/or severity of dog bites. Instead, it has only penalized responsible pet owners, wasted public resources, and led to the suffering of innocent, loving and friendly dogs.
Enough is enough. It's time to share the truth and create a new dialogue to end the stereotype that has banned these dogs from our very own province. For the last 10 years, Pit Bull Awareness Month has helped bring awareness to the issue, shedding light on the unfortunate mislabeling of this breed while reminding us to be aware of which end of the leash we should focus on.
With your support, we are hopeful that these efforts can and will make an effective change on the law. If you are a dog lover or simply someone who wants to join in the fight for what is right, WE NEED YOU NOW.