Mac wearing his Purple Heart for bravery
Copyright 2017 J.M.(Mac)MacDonald
"All pets are unique and trying to predict the behaviour or personality of one breed over another is difficult and unreliable.
That is why laws intended to brand certain breeds of dogs as dangerous(such as pit bull terriers)are as unreasonable and invalid as racial profiling and cultural stereotyping."
~Dr Bernhard Pukay
My MPP did not get an opportunity to introduce a PMB last Session.
I have asked Patrick Brown if he (rather than my MPP) would consider introducing Courtney`s Bill either as a Private Member`s Bill or even better as a Gov`t Bill in memory of Courtney Trempe to become Courtney`s Law.(akin to Rowan Stringer`s Concussion Bill which was introduced and passed by all Parties to become Rowan`s Law)
I`ve explained why it`s important to get the focus off 'pit bulls' and on to Effective Laws & the Trempe Inquest Recommendations.
Courtney Trempe was a little girl killed by a neighbour`s dog in 1998
(A dog not impacted by BSL)
An Inquest was held into her death and out of that came 36 recommendations.
All but a few were ignored by Gov`t.
Instead they chose to enact BSL years later which does not improve Community Safety.
It would not have helped Courtney, as the type of dog that killed Courtney is not a type targeted by BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)
Courtney`s Mother testified to that effect at the Committee Hearings prior to the passage of Bill 132 (Amendments to DOLA)
I propose as we go forward in our attempts to have BSL repealed,we fight this fight in Courtney`s memory rather than a dog named Hershey & that future Bills introduced in the Legislature to repeal BSL be tabled as Courtney`s Bill rather than Hershey`s Bill.
While we all love our dogs & we are fighting to save their lives,our number one goal is to have effective laws in place to make Communities safer for both Children & Adults.
Let`s fight for that in memory Of Courtney Trempe.
A memorial fund was set up in memory of Courtney to provide support for child victims of dog attacks and their families.
(Not sure if it`s still active.No response from them when I asked)
Please listen to PBLNN Interview where Kerry Vinson (Designated Expert Witness at the Trempe Inquest) talks about the Inquest recs & explains why we need effective laws not BSL.
You can also listen/download the Nov 4th show here.
Kerry starts to speak at about 45 mins.
You can read an article written by Kerry on the failure of the amendments to DOLA (Dog Owner`s Liability Act) to improve Public Safety and the threat this Legislation poses to all dog owners.Â
Read Kerry's most recent article for TAVM here
My MPP plans on introducing Courtney`s Bill to end BSL in the 2015/16 Sitting of the Legislature.
If you want BSL repealed,you have to demand Repeal via Snail Snail,EMail,Phone,Fax & Tweets.
Apathy is the problem in Ontario.
I notice that MPP Hillier has a Motion to restore Bill 16 on the Sept 14.2015 Order Papers.
Bill 16 was ordered for 3rd Reading on May 9,2012 but was never called.
I expect that Wynne will either not call it(most likely) or they will call it and defeat it with their Majority.