Great news in Canada: Today, Montreal's ineffective policy of breed-specific legislation (BSL) officially comes to an end as city leaders recognize that stronger breed-neutral regulations are the more effective tool for reducing dog bite incidents. Thanks to strong public opposition against BSL and new common-sense leadership, Montreal is the latest city to successfully repeal discriminatory, inhumane, and ineffective breed-specific regulations that target dogs based only on their appearance or breed. Regardless of personal opinions about specific breeds (or types) of dogs, multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded that "pitbull-type" dogs are not "more dangerous" than other strong breeds and that BSL is ineffective for reducing serious dog bite incidents and therefore, does not enhance public safety.
The bylaw (BSL) was shown again and again to be based on bad science
While there has been a lot of news coverage framing BSL as a political issue (including recently in Montreal), we believe that repealing BSL is actually one of the very few issues that can unite liberals and conservatives because:
Repealing BSL is truly one of the few issues that can enjoy strong support from all sides of the political spectrum for a variety of reasons. We are happy to see that the citizens of Montreal came together to demand better policies for public safety, and for their canine family members, that are fair and balanced instead of biased and ineffective. Congratulations, Montreal!
It's pretty clear that the majority of the population was not satisfied (with BSL)
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