A group of Lower Mainland dog lovers are planning to march in Vancouver on Saturday, May 13, to protest Quebec’s Bill 128 – which is expected to pass in that province later this summer.
The bill aims to crack down on dangerous dogs and eventually ban pit bulls, among other select breeds.
“Research shows that breed-specific legislation does not work,” said April Fahr, executive director of the HugABull Advocacy and Rescue Society. “Many communities are repealing BSL because it has been proven to be ineffective and often dangerous.”
Quebecers, along with all Canadians, “should have legislation that is fair, evidence-based and that actually protects the members of our communities.”
The march begins at Science World at 11 am, and is set to wrap up at 12:30 pm. All leashed dogs and their humans are invited to attend.
According to Fahr, who has spent close to a decade leading the fight against breed legislation (BSL), and founded the website DogBiteFacts.org, when BSL is enacted, people are still at risk from aggressive, dangerous dogs of other breeds.
“BSL is fear-based legislation that, at best, provides a false sense of security,” she said. “Statistics show that when BSL is enacted, dog bites and attacks don’t decrease – they often increase.”
It is puzzling she said, “to see policymakers considering this outdated, debunked form of legislation when dangerous dog legislation – which focuses on dealing with all types of dogs who show aggression or vicious behaviour – is proven to be much more effective.”
When: Saturday, May 13
Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver