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Petition to ensure a better control of dangerous dogs to create safer, kinder communities.<\/div>\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> scientific studies show that, in dogs, there exists no significant correlation between membership to a particular breed and aggressive behaviour;\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> it is virtually impossible to correctly identify the breed makeup (mix) of any non purebred dog without a DNA test, and genetic testing doesn\u2019t serve any purpose when a dog is a mixed breed, because there is no consensus on what percentage of a certain breed is required in a dog\u2019s DNA to consider that dog as belonging to a specific breed;\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which regulates or bans the ownership of dogs belonging to certain breeds or presenting certain physical characteristics, has been adopted by other jurisdictions and has been shown to neither reduce the number nor the severity of dog bites;\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> BSL simply shifts the problem since individuals wishing to exploit the aggressive behavior of certain dogs will move on to a breed that is not prohibited;\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> experts in canine health and behaviour, including the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), agree that BSL has no scientific basis and is ineffective;\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> implementing BSL would condemn healthy, behaviourally sound animals to death and would unfairly punish responsible dog owners who have the misfortune of owning a dog that has been targeted;\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> BSL is costly to implement and, if adopted, would remove public funds that could be used to educate the public, as well as to fund other programs that actually improve public safety, in order to finance a measure that has been proven to be unsuccessful;\r\n\r\nWHEREAS<\/b> effective, evidence-based strategies to address the problem of dangerous dogs focus on preventative measures designed to prevent the development of aggressive behaviour in dogs, namely through owner education, sterilisation, and ensuring that animals are properly cared for, coupled with remedial measures that target dogs who have actually displayed aggressive behaviour;\r\n\r\nWe, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Quebec, ask the municipal and provincial governments to adopt legislation that is both fair and effective in order to ensure a better control of dangerous dogs and their owners throughout the territory of Quebec and its municipalities. \r\n\r\n\r\nNumber of signatures: 85973<\/b>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n\t\t<\/div>\r\n\t<\/div> \r\n<\/div>\r\n \r\n"}