In addition in the first publication of the present editorial, we published a letter received from the authorities in Montreal confirming the even service/working dogs were subjected to the application of Section 21 except in certain specific circumstances. To this day, neither the SPCA nor MIRA have stated their position on Section 21, has Clanimal has done for a while now. Therefore we felt the importance to bring up the present precision since chances are great that many other cities and municipalities in Quebec would be tempted to enact the same legislation in a near future.
So more than ever, it’s time for all concerned responsible animal owners in this province to rise up and clearly state to mayor “Bully Coderre” that we do not want this type of 16-060 by-law, and again, even if you are not from Montreal, chances are great that you could find yourselves stuck with the same by-law applied on your territory sooner than you think!).
In this editorial, we didn’t address a certain important group of dogs that we identified as “collateral victims” of Mayor “Bully Coderre” infatuation, and we give you: service animals!
As a matter of fact, Section 21 of the by-law (reproduced in our October 26, 2016, editorial) it is very clear in the “mind” of the City of Montreal and in Mayor “Bully Coderre” mind that all service animals in Montreal must wear either a harness or a head alter unless…the user expresses doubts about the capacity of the dog to perform its work wearing such a device and that the animal’s veterinarian confirms such situation!
At Clanimal we are of the opinion this requirement is profoundly illogical and scientifically unsubstantiated while being totally discriminatory towards responsible dog guardians (owners) that do not have a service animal, because let’s be logical, we are talking here about the true nature of the animal, which in both cases, whether it is’ a service dog or not, is the same: it’s a dog!
As an example, wearing the head alter. If worn loosely, the dog can easily bite. Too tight, then the dog will not be able to communicate appeasing signs, thus causing an unexpected reaction towards its guardian! As well, in both cases, a certain level of frustration going up to very high will be felt by the dog, experiencing a restrictive feeling on his nose and his mouth (similar to a muzzle!)
To the contrary, Clanimal is profoundly behind the use of service and shall always be (See: To Understand Animal Issues in Quebec), to the point of even suggesting to start using the health care system to cover the training, the supply and support of service animals to users, thereby improving greatly the number of users capable of working with service animals!
Together, let’s get this piece of legislation, again not scientifically supported and totally irresponsible, off the books, since it only represents mayor “Bully Coderre” total lack of respect towards responsible guardians (owners) of dogs of more than 20 kg in Montreal (and else where in Quebec since many cities will “copy and paste” Montreal’s by-law).
Clanimal shall always be there to constantly improve humans and animals relations, in the respect of each other as well as of the environment!
The Guy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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