Filtered By - Pit Bulls

  • National Post Pit Bulls Are Not Our Friends Tuesday May 2nd, 2017
    Pit bull–type dogs in Canada today are estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands. But in the 1990s, there would have been relatively few. So their characteristic mode of attack was practically unknown in the legal community when, in June of 1997, seven-year old Sharon Reynolds of Kingston, Ontario, was killed by a pit bull. Her mother, Louise, was wrongly charged for her dea...
  • National Post Pit bull bylaws make sense Wednesday November 16th, 2016
    Legislation targeting pit bull type dogs elicits the same howls of outrage wherever it is enacted. Montreal is no exception. And woe to those rare commentators like me who support such bans. After 13 years of receiving hate mail characterized by invective (not to mention threats) that horrifies my friends, I have concluded that pit bull advocates are themselves a special “breed&rdq...
  • National Post Man’s worst friend Tuesday November 8th, 2016
    There are presently about 350,000 pit bulls in Canada. Until the 1980s there would have been almost none, since unlike the United States, with a population of about four million pit bulls today, Canada has no history of dog fighting. In fact, pit bulls were still exceedingly rare in Canada, and their characteristic behaviour practically unknown, when, in June of 1997, seven-year-ol...
  • National Post A different point-of-view concerning the ban of dangerous dog breeds Friday October 21st, 2016
    The September issue of The Montrealer featured a column by family lawyer Linda Hammerschild, provocatively entitled “Banning dog breeds – knee ‘jerk’ political decisions.” As a pro-ban activist, and a writer who has been researching and writing on the subject of pit bulls for more than a decade, I can categorically state that breed-specific legislation (BSL)...
  • National Post Pit bull myths thrive on conflict of interest and media gullibility Thursday August 25th, 2016
    Montreal is enacting legislation to curb the breeding, importation and purchase of pit bulls following the June fatality of 55-year old Christiane Vadnais, who was mauled to death in her own yard by her neighbour’s pit bull. The decision has provoked fierce debate in the blogosphere, on the airwaves and in the pages of Quebec newspapers. In spite of its own editorial position in fa...
  • National Post All dogs can bite, but only a few are aggressive, impulsive and seek chances to maim Tuesday August 16th, 2016
    Last Saturday, police were forced to shoot two aggressive “pit bull type” dogs after a “scary, traumatic” attack on a man, 66, and a woman, 25, in Ottawa’s east end Orléans area. In the mauling, the woman suffered severe lacerations to both arms, as well as injuries to her head, face, back and buttocks. The man suffered injuries when he sought to help...
  • National Post New Haven pit bull attack Monday June 27th, 2016
    It was announced this month that both Montreal  and Quebec City intend to pass dangerous-dog legislation bills that have enraged pit bull advocates but will, in a victory for public-safety proponents, ban new pit bulls from the general dog population in these jurisdictions. As with bans in other jurisdictions like Denver, which has not seen a dogbite-related fatality since its ban w...
  • National Post There’s no argument. Pit bulls kill Saturday June 11th, 2016
    Thursday the Montreal Gazette commissioned two responses to the fatal attack of a pit bull on a Montreal woman, which happened to occur just as the city is weighing the potential benefits of a pit bull ban: mine, which was pro-ban, and another, by Paul Labonté, which was anti-ban. Neither of us had seen the other’s piece when we wrote our own. Now that I have read Labont&eac...
  • National Post Opinion: Pit bulls should be banned Friday June 10th, 2016
    A 55-year old woman has been killed by a pit bull in Pointe-aux-Trembles. That brings to 14 the number of Canadians killed or seriously injured by pit bulls in 2016 so far. For the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM), the incident will serve as a rallying cry to put a collective shoulder to the pit-bull laundering wheel. I can anticipate their arguments, as I have heard and cou...
  • National Post Sour grapes on pit bulls Monday March 7th, 2016
    Don Cherry has a big mouth, which annoys some people and delights others. Since I have no particular interest in hockey, the familiar sound of Cherry rants has up to now been background static in my life. But Cherry got my full attention this week when he set himself up as the point man on a pit bull rescue operation. Last October police and the Ontario SPCA launched an investig...
  • National Post Do you want to adopt a dog? Reconsider the pit bull Thursday October 22nd, 2015
    In June of 1997, seven-year old Sharon Reynolds of Kingston, Ontario was savaged to death by a pit bull living in her home. Her mother Louise was erroneously charged and convicted of her murder. Louise’s misfortune was to have the infamous Dr. Charles Randal Smith, head pediatric forensic pathologist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, witnessing against her at trial. Sm...
  • National Post Pit bulls are disproportionally dangerous. Why is Calgary importing more of them? Tuesday August 11th, 2015
    Only two countries allow the importation of pit bull type dogs: Canada and the U.S. In mid-June, 32 rescue dogs were saved from “death’s row” in a Bakersfield, California kill shelter and sent to Calgary for rehoming. The operation was jointly arranged by Wings of Rescue, an American charity, and BARC, a Calgary rescue organization. Of the 32 dogs, 17 are pit bull...
  • National Post Pit bull bans work Friday June 19th, 2015
    In the normal course of events, you would not find the small community of Membertou, a branch of the greater tribal group of the Mi’kmaw nation, located within its tribal district of Cape Breton, making news that will reverberate in every corner of North America. But it just did. Moreover, I am probably the only journalist in Canada on whose radar the news showed up with a great...
  • National Post What pit bull activism says about our culture Friday January 2nd, 2015
    Last weekend in Saanich, B.C., a 16-day old baby was mauled by her family’s pit bull-Rottweiler mix on the same day as an elderly man was attacked by two pit bull dogs outside a Langley, B.C. dollar store. News like this is reported, but commentary-wise, dog-related public safety is virtually an orphan topic. Which is why I adopted it.     Publ...
  • National Post Pit bulls, Ann Landers, & Dr. Laura Wednesday December 24th, 2014
    My first, and arguably most influential, journalistic role model was advice columnist Ann Landers. I discovered her in 1955, when I was a teenager. I liked her crisp, dryly humorous “voice” that radiated moral clarity and common sense in equal measure. Our culture changed dramatically over the years, but Ann remained faithful to her bedrock principles. She became a laughingst...
  • National Post Quebec pit bull decision puts dog owners ahead of public safety Wednesday November 5th, 2014
    November 9-15 is Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack (AVOCA) week. As if to mark the occasion – in the most negative way possible – the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec has announced the repeal of a two-decade long ban on ownership of pit bull type dogs, to begin January 1. Explaining the repeal, city officials claimed that “experts” had said the dogs were no more da...
  • National Post Three pit bull stories to chew on Tuesday October 7th, 2014
    News analysis by Barbara Kay The news cycle of the last two weeks has turned up two remarkable pit bull-related stories in North America, both worthy of editorial mastication, so to speak.  There is a third story, also noteworthy and included below, which didn’t make the mainstream news, but should have. The first story, out of Littlerock, California, informs us that 31-ye...
  • National Post http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/-barbara-kay/pit-bull-merritt-clifton_b_5900736.html Monday September 29th, 2014
    Writer Douglas Anthony Cooper and I share common ground as Canadian journalists. Neither of us have any personal experience with pit bull type dogs, yet we both write about them -- both frequently and passionately. There the resemblance ends. Cooper advocates in these pages for pit bulls as a safe but misunderstood dog, and I advocate, in the National Post and elsewhere, agains...
  • National Post Pit bulls, Trooper & “The personal is political” Sunday September 14th, 2014
    News analysis by Barbara Kay When I began writing regularly for Canada’s National Post, my editor told me that two kinds of news stories can be counted on to attract heated response from readers, and plenty of it: sports and animals. Even thus forewarned, I was taken aback by the virulence of the feedback my first column on pit bulls provoked. “Heated” is a euphem...
  • National Post Galunker, by Douglas Anthony Cooper, reviewed by Barbara Kay Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
    Up until now, the charm offensive by intellectuals in the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM) has been confined to publications targeting people capable of reading them. Now Canadian novelist, Huffington Post blogger , and pit bull enthusiast Douglas Anthony Cooper has taken pit bull rescue activism to a brand new level of advocacy hutzpah.Cooper’s latest boo...
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