Montreal’s Decision to Ban Pit Bulls Met With Worldwide Protest

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a kind animal. They love playing with children, getting tummy rubs, and are some of the most loyal companions in the world, but within the boundaries of the City of Montreal, they’re marked for death.

Montreal city councillors voted 37-23 in favor of breed-specific legislation outlawing pit bulls and any dog that resembles a pit bull, including Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, or mixes of those breeds. Owners of such dogs have until Dec. 31, 2016 to obtain a special permit and muzzle their dogs in public, or have their pets euthanized.