• Jules-Pierre Malartre

Protest for pit bull bill


PHOTO BY RODNEY LORICA

Magnum Tattoo in Vaudreuil-Dorion is holding a special fundraiser June 3 to help fight proposed Bill 128 that would introduce control legislation for certain dog breeds in Quebec.

Even though the proposed bill has met with the approval of certain people in the wake of recent dog incidents, many dog advocates and dog owners in Quebec have been vehemently opposing the bill.

Edith Courville and Michael John Desousa are launching the fundraiser to help finance a special report by journalist Richard Dorion intended to denounce Bill 128 and educate the public regarding dog ownership.

“The Bill does not only include Pit Bulls and Amstaff (American Staffordshire Terriers). It also includes Rottweilers, and if they can prove that certain breeds of Huskies come from certain branches, they can be included. Some things are vague and that’s where it can become ambiguous,” Courville warns.

Courville feels that the bill, in its current state, can be applied to any dog that can be deemed dangerous, whatever its breed. “So, anyone who has any kind of fear of dogs can declare being afraid of their neighbor’s dog. This would become sufficient cause to use measures against that dog,” Courville stressed.

Courville also fears that animal shelters will be overwhelmed in the wake of the bill’s approval. “Quebec is already number one in terms of animal abandonment, so the stray dog population will only increase,” Courville adds.

Courville feels that more awareness is required. “The fundraiser goes to finance a video report that will bring together testimonies from experts and dog owners, shelter workers, and families from around the province. The reporter will bring forward real information,” Courville adds.

Courville and Desousa were touched by Dorion’s initiative and decided to help the best way they know how. On June 3, Magnum Tattoo will host over a dozen tattoo artists from around the province who will volunteer their time and their skills to raise money for Dorion’s video report. One-hundred per cent of the proceeds will go towards the production of the video report.

Magnum Tattoo is located at 427 St-Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Consult www.facebook.com/MagnumXIII for more info.

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