Dear Michael Bryant,
I've got an idea. Instead of outlawing 'pitbulls' in Ontario, why not enact a law banning ignorance? Granted, you'd have to move but here in Alberta we accept all kinds of questionable intelligence in our leaders.
You called pitbulls as a breed 'inherently dangerous'. Mr Bryant, any dog can be inherently dangerous if it is not brought up or treated properly. I interact with dogs everyday at my job and have so far been bitten by two Shih Tzus and a German Sheperd puppy who was a little too eager to receive his goodie from my fingers. Staffordshire Terriers and American Staffordshires were bred by people to fight other dogs for our entertainment. People started the problem behavior in these dogs and competant breeders since then have focussed on dispelling it, while retaining the breeds' courage and appearance.
More than a hundred years of history has passed since the laws changed and made dog-fighting officially a socially unacceptable pasttime. There dogs are not for everyone and responsible owners will agree. When they end up in the hands of a person who does not understand what owning them entails, trouble can brew. However, bully breeds can be perfectly fine with other dogs, kids, cats and other animals if they are well-socialized as puppies. This goes for any dog, really. Of course, this is a huge responsibility and some people are not up to the task, aware that they should or desirious of curbing any aggressiveness in the dog. The owners and breeders who ARE responsible are the ones who will suffer if Bill 132 is passed.
If you manage to ban bully breeds, irresponsible owners will find another breed to corrupt. You might as well start banning anything over 20lbs. I'm sure Ontario owners of German Sheperds, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Great Danes, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Bulldogs are nervously watching this bill as well and wondering when it will be their dog that must go out to the dog park wearing a muzzle.
Banning pitbulls is the lazy, quick-fix solution to a human problem. Educating bully owners, having breeder's dogs temperment tested, outlawing the sale of these breeds or crossbreeds in pet stores are all possible answers to your perceived problem. Please do not pass this law because you are afraid of and misunderstand these dogs. There are many people who love them and you can't pass a law to muzzle them in public.