Joe Belanger, reporter of municipal citizen clamp-down record for the London Free Press, reports that city council plans to up the punitive stakes in the pitbull eradication program in Ontario, abashed that the Liberal provincial government has temporarily pulled ahead in the inter-jurisdictional interventionist race:
Although pit bulls are banned in Ontario as of Aug. 29, people who have them will be allowed to keep their pets, provided they are sterilized, leashed and muzzled.I suppose Tranquilli has a point — people can always choose a different elected representative too, but always seem to fail to do so, in London at least.
Under the proposed bylaw, pit bull owners would have to:Extermination by prohibitive regulatory fees — the kinder and gentler society's final solution:
Committee member Controller Gord Hume defended the new bylaw, but empathized with dog owners. "The provincial legislation very clearly says pit bulls are not welcome in Ontario." Microchipping is necessary so, if something happens, the dog owner can be identified, he said. The extra licensing revenue is needed because the system is going to cost more to administer, Hume added.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Monday, August 22, 2005