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Ontario, CA - The Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, Canada recently told "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan that he was welcome in the province for a press tour, but that his pit bull was not. In 2005, under the Dog Owners' Liability Act, Ontario banned pit bulls. Attorney General Chris Bentley recently stated, "We have a piece of legislation and it applies to all. We don't amend it on the fly. We respect the law and we expect the law applies equally to all."
Parts of the email from the Office of the Honourable Chris Bentley to Millan's staff include:
Dear Ms. Taub:
Thank you for your inquiry about Cesar Millan bringing a pit bull mix to Ontario as part of his upcoming media tour of Canada. Ontario has the utmost respect for animals, their owners and those who work with them to keep them, and all Ontarians safe and healthy.
There have been numerous horrific incidents that have happened in Ontario and elsewhere, in which people have been killed or severely maimed by pit bulls. In response to these incidents, the Ministry of the Attorney General consulted with a wide variety of groups and individuals, heard the arguments for and against a breed ban and gave each argument the utmost consideration. The government decided that the interests of public safety would be best served by restricting pit bulls under the Dog Owners Liability Act (DOLA) to prevent more attacks and bites from this breed. At the same time the government toughened the penalties for the owners of any dog that poses a danger to the public. (See: Full email exchange)
Kudo's the Province of Ontario! May governing bodies across the world follow your lead.
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Photo: Vancouver Sun