Target: Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City
Goal: Revoke ban on pit bull ownership, which will cause thousands of innocent and gentle dogs to be abandoned or killed.
Officials in Quebec City have decided to outlaw pit bull type dogs by January 1, 2017. Unfortunately, other cities in North America already have breed-specific legislation with many others set to follow suit. This is despite studies finding that bans on certain dog breeds do not reduce dog bites. Instead, it leads to shelters becoming overcrowded with gentle and innocent dogs who face being put down through no fault of their own, simply because they belong to a red-listed breed. As the SPCA explains, this ban will mean “the death of thousands of adoptable and well-behaved dogs simply because of the way they look.”
Residents must effectively abandon their dogs or face paying escalating fines. The city’s mayor has stated that “even if a pit bull has never bitten, even if he appears to be friendly, the owner has six months to get rid of it,” effectively proving how absurd and illogical this new law is. Indeed, this legislation does nothing to address the real problem behind dog bites, often tied to irresponsible pet ownership and animal abuse.
Stopping this ban will save countless dogs from suffering and death and discourage other cities from implementing similar legislation. Sign this petition urging Quebec City to reverse this senseless and harmful decision, and to work to control pet overpopulation and curb cruelty to animals instead.
Dear Mayor Labeaume,
Quebec City’s upcoming ban on pit bulls will force owners to abandon their dogs or put them down, even if that dog is “friendly” and “has never bitten.” Those unwilling to give up their cherished companions will effectively be forced to leave the city. This illogical law has caused the ire of your constituents, and rightly so as it will contribute to animal suffering while doing nothing to prevent dog bites in the city. Indeed, studies show that breed-specific legislation is ineffective, and better results are obtained through combatting animal abuse and uncontrolled dog breeding.
Forcing owners to abandon their beloved pets will not solve any issues, and will instead increase overpopulation in shelters. Please reverse the absurd decision to outlaw pit bulls and implement efficient measures of fighting irresponsible pet ownership and animal abuse instead.
[Your Name Here]
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