I don’t usually need to preface a post much, but this post is critical. We need your help to prevent Breed Specific Bans in Montreal and all over Quebec. Any good campaign needs a poster child, and Chantal Levesque Photo found the perfect girl!
From Chantal: “I will get this out of the way… Khali is a Pit bull. This breed has been all over the news lately in Quebec following a woman’s death, attacked by one such dog. Animal advocates are trying to prevent BSL, and so we are all working hard at raising awareness and spreading positive images.
Meet Khali. (Look at that squishy face! Don’t you just want to give her a big smooch right in the middle of her forehead!?)
Khali was abandoned in a parking lot at the age of 3 months, at night, in the middle of winter! Erika took her home, gave her a loving family and now the two form a team as Zootherapists!
For Khali’s portrait session we decided to meet in a Montreal park, by the river at sunset. As I spotted Erika and Khali on their way, I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of a happy go lucky pup. She was wagging her tail (and her butt), head high, soaking in the sights and smells. I knew this was going to be a wonderful portrait session! Khali’s fur is bright red, unlike anything I’ve seen before. And those eyes! Bright and filled with sweetness. She greeted me politely, and of course caught a whiff of the treats I had in my pockets. I knew that I made a friend. (Although my treats hardly compare to the homemade ones Erika had on her!)
During the portrait session, everyone we crossed paths with in the park asked to pet her or commented on her gorgeous coat and eyes.
Fun fact: Khali could not care less about squirrels! There were many in the park, but she just ignored them!”
From Chantal: “I feel honoured to have been able to capture these precious memories for them. The bond they share is very obvious. What an amazing adoption story! Rescue is the best breed!!”
Say No To BSL
While my heart goes out to the family of the victim who was killed by a dog, not all Pit bulls are dangerous. Banning Pit bulls would be like colleges banning all the members of the men’s swim team. The actions of one are not a reflection of all. Owners of dangerous dogs need to be held responsible for their dogs’ actions.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied fatal dog bites and determined that Breed Specific Legislation is an ineffective way to prevent dog bites.
Ways To Take Action
Yesterday Chantal told me some great news. Although Quebec City had planned to ban Pit bulls. However, thanks to public outcry, Quebec City Mayor Labeaume has changed his mind.
Please add your name to this petition: Prevent a BSL/Pit Bull Ban in Montreal.
If you can get to Montreal, there is a Global Anti BSL Peaceful Protest on July 16.
Join Best Friends Legislative Action to help end BSL in the United States.
And finally, if you have a Pit bull or are friends with one, add a photo to The Majority Project.
Please get involved and help spread the word that no breed should be banned!