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Barbara Kay: Pit bulls are disproportionally dangerous. Why is Calgary importing more of them?

Posted on 2015-08-11 15:07:57

Only two countries allow the importation of pit bull type dogs: Canada and the U.S. In mid-June, 32 rescue dogs were saved from “death’s row” in a Bakersfield, California kill shelter and sent to Calgary for rehoming. The operation was jointly arranged by Wings of Rescue, an American charity, and BARC, a Calgary rescue organization. Of the 32 dogs, 17 are pit bulls. It’s no coincidence that Calgary was targeted for this mission. Not only is Calgary a dog-friendly city, its animal control policy makes no distinctions between high and low-risk dogs, a direct reflection of the views of Bill Bruce, Calgary’s director of animal and bylaw services from 2000-2012 and author of the much-touted “Calgary model.” Of his 2006 Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, Bruce stated, “Our philosophy is that aggression is a human problem with respect to managing their dog more than it is a canine issue, and if we address the human side, the canine problem will take care of itself.” The Calgary model emphasizes owner responsibility through education, with serious fines for canine misbehaviour. But in spite of assiduous attention to the “human side,” which did produce high licencing statistics, Bruce’s predictions of diminished canine ravages were trumped by fighting-dog genetics. There were 58 dog attacks in 2009, 102 in 2010, 127 in 2011 and 201 last year, a disproportional number of them by pit bulls. By contrast, since Ontario’s pit bull ban was enacted in 2005, serious dog-related damage has decreased by 32 per cent — from 486 to 329, almost entirely due to the radical diminution of the pit bull population. RelatedBarbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture According to reports by Animals24-7.org publisher Merritt Clifton, pit bulls can constitute up to two-thirds of the shelter population, since in any given year 33 per cent of pit bulls will be dumped by their owners. If a pit bull is slated for euthanizing — about a million pit bulls in North........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


Barbara Kay on how you know you’re a pit bull fanatic (Video)

Latest Column

Barbara Kay: Pit bulls are disproportionally dangerous. Why is Calgary importing more of them?

Posted on 2015-08-11 15:07:57

Only two countries allow the importation of pit bull type dogs: Canada and the U.S. In mid-June, 32 rescue dogs were saved from “death’s row” in a Bakersfield, California kill shelter and sent to Calgary for rehoming. The operation was jointly arranged by Wings of Rescue, an American charity, and BARC, a Calgary rescue organization. Of the 32 dogs, 17 are pit bulls. It’s no coincidence that Calgary was targeted for this mission. Not only is Calgary a dog-friendly city, its animal control policy makes no distinctions between high and low-risk dogs, a direct reflection of the views of Bill Bruce, Calgary’s director of animal and bylaw services from 2000-2012 and author of the much-touted “Calgary model.” Of his 2006 Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, Bruce stated, “Our philosophy is that aggression is a human problem with respect to managing their dog more than it is a canine issue, and if we address the human side, the canine problem will take care of itself.” The Calgary model emphasizes owner responsibility through education, with serious fines for canine misbehaviour. But in spite of assiduous attention to the “human side,” which did produce high licencing statistics, Bruce’s predictions of diminished canine ravages were trumped by fighting-dog genetics. There were 58 dog attacks in 2009, 102 in 2010, 127 in 2011 and 201 last year, a disproportional number of them by pit bulls. By contrast, since Ontario’s pit bull ban was enacted in 2005, serious dog-related damage has decreased by 32 per cent — from 486 to 329, almost entirely due to the radical diminution of the pit bull population. RelatedBarbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture According to reports by Animals24-7.org publisher Merritt Clifton, pit bulls can constitute up to two-thirds of the shelter population, since in any given year 33 per cent of pit bulls will be dumped by their owners. If a pit bull is slated for euthanizing — about a million pit bulls in North........

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