Reverse Discriminatory Ban on Pit Bulls

Target: Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal

Goal: Repeal the unreasonable ban on pit bulls and similar breeds, which is a threat to the well-being of many dogs and their owners.

More than 500 pit bull owners are being forced to “dispose of their dogs” within four weeks of receiving a letter from the City of Montréal, in compliance with a controversial ban within the city on pit bulls and pit bull-like breeds. This type of breed-specific legislation has been opposed by the SPCA due to its vague and discriminatory nature. The by-law forces people and their innocent dogs out of the city based not on fact, but on the stereotype of “dangerous breeds.”

Under this rule, pit bulls already living in the city were forced to be sterilized, muzzled, and kept on extremely short leashes, and their owners had to pay a fee, get a criminal background check, and apply for a permit. Now, any owners who have not submitted all of their paperwork must either move out of their homes to keep their pets, find a new home for their dogs in a place without a ban, or surrender their dogs to a shelter. Sign below to help these innocent dogs and their owners, and demand that this unreasonable ban be lifted.


Dear Mayor Coderre,

Montréal’s ban on pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs is unreasonable and discriminatory and must be reversed. The by-law is vague and based on the unfair stereotype that these innocent animals are “dangerous breeds.”

This law imposes harsh and unfair restrictions on dog ownership, puts a huge strain on owners who are forced to jump through hoops that they may not be able to afford, and requires unnecessary muzzling and sterilization of the dogs themselves. Even more than that, it is currently forcing owners to choose between abandoning their dogs or abandoning their homes. This is a clear violation of rights. I urge you to lift Montréal’s pit bull ban.


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Photo Credit: Ildar Sagdejev

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  1. Jim Takahashi says:

    Breedism is the same as racism and must stop!

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