September 27th, 2006

Hellhound Jess


Important announcement from the Dog Legislation Council of Canada, and the rest of the Banned Aid Coalition!!

For those of you out there who know about Ontario’s Pit Bull Ban, Banned Aid has set forth a Legal Challenge with the help of Lawyer Clayton Ruby, in the hopes of bringing this ridiculous piece of legislation down!

As a member of the DLCC, it is my duty to pass on this information; our legal challenge is in jeopardy!! The government has filed a motion with the courts that could easily destroy everything that we’ve worked so very hard to accomplish! They are getting scared, they know that we are winning, and they are doing everything in their power to stall. And they are using our own tax dollars against us to do it! They are hoping that we will give up due to lack of funds!

We still owe an outstanding $100,000 and this motion will cost an additional $50,000! Our lawyers wish to have the outstanding debt paid before they go any further in responding to the motion. This amount is due by the end of the first week of October.

Right now we need the help of dog lovers EVERYWHERE more than ever! Many people do not fully understand the consequences of this ban. This issue is not just about “pit bulls.” It effects ALL dog breeds, and ALL dog owners, as many mixed breed dogs are targeted as well, and any other breed deemed “vicious” can be added to the list next. First “pit bulls.” Next it could be Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, Akitas, Malamutes, Huskies. There is no limit.

This is also about Human Rights. A Peace Officer can now enter your home without a warrant, just on the suspicion alone that you might have a “dangerous dog,” and are allowed to seize and destroy said dog just based on breed alone. In Ontario, you are now Guilty until proven Innocent, if you are charged. People are now being treated as second-class citizens and criminals, just because of the shape of their breed of choice. Even visitors, just passing through Ontario who own a banned breed can have their dogs confiscated!

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This week, I have sent out $600 to this cause, (FYI, this was almost all of the Commission Money I had made at Anthrocon this year!) and I will be going out in my neighborhood this week and next week asking for donations.

I am now turning to the Furry Community for help! You guys are animal lovers, and some of the most generous people that I know! Just think of all of the money we as Furs have raised at past conventions, at Charity Auctions! If you believe that this ban is wrong, PLEASE DONATE TO THE LEGAL CHALLENGE!!! Even if you can only donate $5 or $10, that is still $5 or $10 more than we had before! No donation is too small!

I had hoped to plan a group portfolio project to raise funds for this cause, but it is looking like we won’t have the time for that right now. So to the Artists out there, I ask if you could please consider donating a % from Commissions, or FurBid auctions, if you can afford it! Every bit counts!

Please send cheques or money orders payable to Banned Aid, to:

Cathy Prothro
National Secretary/Treasurer - Banned Aid Coalition
351 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth NS B2Y 3S4

Mark a cheque “Banned Aid - In Trust” on the memo line; make payable to "Ruby and Edwardh" and send to:

Ruby and Edwardh
11 Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1B2

Or you can donate through PayPal by clicking the following link, and scrolling to the bottom of the page, where the “Make A Donation” button is:

Please spread this message far and wide! We have already managed to raise about $7,000 in the last four days – let’s keep it coming people! We can win this!!

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