Don’t Allow Pit Bulls to Be Unfairly Banned

Target: Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal

Goal: Repeal bylaw that prevents new pit bulls from living in Montreal and imposes restrictions on pit bulls already living there.

Dozens of concerned dog owners gathered outside Montreal City Hall to protest a new bylaw that unfairly discriminates against pit bulls. Existing pit bulls will be required to be microchipped and sterilized, and their owners will be required to prove that their dogs have no criminal record. On top of these restrictions, new pit bulls will not be allowed to live in Montreal.

This bylaw was passed in response to a pit bull’s fatal mauling of a woman from Pointe-aux-Trembles earlier this summer. While her death was certainly tragic, that does not justify Montreal’s discrimination against a breed that is already so misunderstood. It is more than likely that, if it had been a different breed of dog that had mauled someone, the incident would be categorized as isolated and would not lead to a city-wide restriction on that breed.

Pit bulls are being singled out because of their reputation. Sadly, they are often depicted as aggressive and violent, and incidents like this recent mauling certainly do not help. However, any dog has the potential to behave in this way, regardless of their breed, through no fault of their own. It is true that pit bulls are among the most commonly used dogs for fighting, but the only ones to blame for that are the humans who train them to fight.

Don’t let all of Montreal’s pit bulls be punished for the actions of a single dog. Demand that Mayor Coderre reverse this ban and end discrimination against these misunderstood dogs.


Dear Mayor Coderre,

The recent mauling of Christiane Vadnais was a deeply unfortunate tragedy, and it seems only logical that the city of Montreal should do something to prevent something like this from happening again. However, I do not believe that imposing restrictions on pit bulls is the answer.

Pit bulls already face severe discrimination because of their reputation as being “vicious” and “aggressive.” This discrimination is evident in the countless animal shelters that are overflowing with these dogs, who are often seen as undesirable pets. It is true that many pit bulls are used as fighting dogs, but that is a result of human greed and cruelty, not the animals’ natural inclinations. Pit bulls are strong, athletic dogs, as are many other breeds, but given the chance, they would much rather use that strength to fetch, run, play, and protect their loved ones than use it to hurt other animals or people.

These dogs are not natural-born killers, and they should not be punished for the terrible actions of a single dog. I must ask that the ban on new pit bulls be reversed. Some of the restrictions on pit bulls currently living in Montreal are not unreasonable, but they should either be applied to all dogs or none of them, not just pit bulls. Microchipping and sterilization are actually very effective ways to keep peoples’ pets safe and to stymie the growing problem of overpopulation, but it is unjust to apply these mandates strictly to one group of dogs.

I ask that you look past the exaggerated and biased depictions of pit bulls and repeal this bylaw. Pit bulls are just as loving, playful, and intelligent as any other breed when given the proper training and love. Do not allow them to be treated unfairly.


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  1. Jenna Miles says:

    Well the sterilization and microchipping is a good idea, not just for pitties but all dogs.

  2. must end the discrimination on one of the worlds greatest dogs now.

  3. isn’t it time to impose restrictions on humans who breed and train pit bulls to be aggressive?

  4. Wendy Morrison says:

    BANK the humans whom train this breed! Do NOT BAN THIS BREED because they are born innocent and sweet!

    • The human species are the ones who make them mean, they train them to fight, chain them to fences, and so much more. I have had three pitbulls who were wonderful dogs, sweet, smart and loving. WHY? Because I loved them and treated them like any other dog. Humans are the enemy to Pitbulls!!!!!

      • Truer words were never said. I too have had multiple pitbulls, all of them rescues (meaning: dumped or abused by irresponsible and heartless people), all of them loving and loved. I would never have any other dog but a pitbull.

  5. Maria Nowicki says:

    It has been proven in several cities that ‘BSL” or Breed
    Specific Legislation does NOT decrease dog bites. Banning
    a specific breed does not solve the problem of dog bites.
    Other breeds like German Shepherds, Rottweilers and others
    have bitten and they have never been banned. A dog should not be blamed for the owner’s stupidity, ignorance and lack of loving care.
    My family has 2 rescued pit bulls that are the sweetest
    and gentlest dogs ever and we have had dogs for over 40
    The temperament of one dog is NOT an indication of the
    temperament of the breed.
    One prime example is the several dogs that were rescued
    from Michael Vick. After enduring horrific abuse for years, several were placed in loving homes and are now loving pets.


    There are NO BAD DOGS, only BAD OWNERS>

  6. michael guest says:

    Enough is enough! There’s no reason to possibly discriminate a certain dog breed. That’s unacceptable and unfair. The ban is based on the deed, not the breed. Pit bulls can be sweet, lovely pets. This law needs to be repealed and stop the unnecessary discrimination on these dogs.

  7. I know we live in an age where we have to be P.C. for fear of sounding like a racist bigot, but I’m just going to be the first to step up and say I support this. Pit Bulls can be raised by the best owners and have still been known to turn on them and their family, often on the little ones who will endure scarred faces the rest of their lives. THAT is what I care about. March me to the gallows for saying I care more about innocent children than some supposed *racism* against a dangerous dog breed. Give me a break. Show me where to sign to support this law, that’s where I’m headed. Poorly done this time, Forcechange ultra-libbies.

    • Why don’t you educate yourself. You sound like a real moron. It is true dogs have bitten owners, it is usually for a reason, abuse, not socialized, left tied up and neglected. I was bitten, pretty bad when I was 4, the neighbors COLLIE! Do I blame all collies, no I blame that collie for having an untrained dog. It is a media darling to sensationalize “how evil” pitbill are. You are a stupid, uneducated bitch.

  8. I am fed up with moronic uneducated countries, who instigate stupid dog breed discrimination.This is ridiculous and disgraceful.Become civilised and ban dog breed discrimination.

  9. Go after and give some REAL punishments to the people who breed and train pit bulls for fighting instead going after people who saved a pit bulls life by adopting it. Only this way will the problems end!

  10. iwona Waszkel says:

    Stop the racism in Montreal ! Ban the bandits dealing with dog fights and at last !

  11. Behind every “vicious” dog is a VICIOUS owners! These types should be forced to see a psychiatrist!

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