Yesterday was a sad, frustrating day for Pit Bull lovers and owners all over, but especially for the city of Montreal, Canada. Mayor Denis Coderre passed a law on BSL (breed specific legislation) which bans all Pit Bull breeds from the city in claims that it will protect his residents and make them feel safe.
So what does this mean?
It means that if you're already an owner of a Pit Bull, you need to obtain certain permits, have your dog sterilized and microchipped, and they must wear a muzzle and be on a 4 foot long leash whenever they are in public. If you cannot abide by these laws as an owner, your dog will be taken away and euthanized.
And what about all the Pit Bulls still in shelters who haven't been adopted yet?
Based on legislation, if they don't have an owner the day the bill is passed (which was yesterday), they are to be euthanized.
Yes, you read that right. Thousands of innocent dogs are going to be killed because they fall under the category of "Pit Bull."
Are you appalled yet? If not, this might do it.
A Pit Bull is characterized by the following:
Staffordshire Bull Terriers
American Pit Bull Terriers
American Staffordshire Terriers
Any mix with these breeds
Any dog that presents characteristics of any of these breeds
So what it comes down to is that these dogs are being discriminated against because of the way they look, which is morally correct, right?
SO. FUCKING. WRONG.
At this point, I'm sure you all know my obsession with my Pit Bull Nola as well as every other Pit Bull that has crossed my path. There actually aren't enough words to describe how loving and sweet these dogs are and how much of a difference they've made in tons of people's lives. Just the thought of how the owners of Pit Bulls in Montreal are feeling and the amount of dogs that are going to be effected because of this ban actually brings tears to my eyes and makes my heart ache.
Above, is an actual account of an attack that just took place. While I'm sitting here writing this post with a heavy heart, trying not to be brought to tears or let the anger take over, Nola jumped up onto my lap and gave me tons of kisses. Luckily, for me, this isn't an uncommon thing for her. This sweet girl lives to make her family happy just like every other Pit Bull I've ever met does.
Some of you may not know Nola's story. My boyfriend and I adopted her from a group called The Bully Project which is based out of NYC. The minute I saw her being walked with an "Adopt Me" vest on I knew she had to be ours. The stars aligned, we filled out her application, and 2 weeks later, she was ours. Before that though is the first story that opened my eyes to the discrimination against Pit Bulls.
Nola, originally named Honey on her papers, was found in North Carolina and brought to a shelter when she was just a puppy. Unfortunately, down South, Pit Bulls are still seen how they are in Montreal, as dangerous and mean dogs. When Nola was only about 5 months old and in the shelter she was attacked by a smaller dog, but because of her breed she was blamed for the attack and put on the euthanasia list. That's when The Bully Project thankfully swept in and rescued my babe from being killed all because of her breed.
She still has a scare on her back from that attack, but for anyone who has met Nola, you know she greets you with kisses and lives to snuggle. She has a sweeter soul than most people I've met and we're the lucky ones to be able to call her ours. That's how most Pit Bulls are, they live to love and make anyone who comes in contact with them happy. That's only one of the reasons why this ban is so, so appalling.
These Pit Bulls need our help. BIG TIME. We need to speak for the ones that can't and do whatever we can to put an end to discrimination bans.
So how can we do that?
First, instead of saying how much Canada sucks, you can sign the petition below that will be delivered to the Canadian government who passed this ban.
Second, sign Montreal's SPCA petition that will help end BSL.
Third, stay updated and educated. We are actively trying to figure out how we can help the thousands of these dogs, so make sure you keep checking back on my Instagram account @bachataandbarbells and @passion.for.pitties for updates on how YOU can help.