Montreal may be multi-cultural. But that doesn't mean we aren't racist.
We're just good at hiding it.
But as soon as you remove the human element from a situation, we show out true colors.
Here's what I mean.
On Tuesday, the city council voted in favor of banning pit bulls on the Island of Montreal.
The new rule will go into effect on October 3rd, 2016.
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Those who already own one of these dogs, must get a special permit by December 31, 2016 or their dog can be taken away.
As for the dogs that are currently in shelters, they will be euthanized.
Luckily a group called One Last Chance Rescue has been working to get as many of these dogs adopted out of province.
The rules actually included a clause which stated that if a pit bull owner dies, their dog must to be euthanized. However, an amendment was passed to allow the dogs to be passed on to a family member.
So now any Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, any sort of mix of those breeds and any dog that looks like a pit bull, is now banned.
And that's the important part here: "any dog that looks like a pit bull"
This means that if a cop thinks your dog "looks" like pit bull, they can ask to see your special permit, and if you don't have one, they can take your dog away.
The city is literally judging an entire race of dogs because of the way they look, under the guise that they are making us safe.
So even if your dog has been trained in obedience school, even if the dog has never attacked anyone, and even it's the sweetest most well behaved dog you've ever met, they will still be solely judged on the way they look.
The city believes that some races are better than others, and that my friends is the definition of racism.
So now that pit bulls are banned, let me ask you honestly. Do you feel any safer than you did yesterday?
If the answer is no, then what the hell was the point of this?
We banned pit bulls because they accounted for the 137 dog bites of out 426 since 2015.
But now that they're banned, that makes German Shepherds the most dangerous dogs in Montreal.
Maybe we should ban them too.