How many children will have to be maimed before Canada's provinces ban pit bulls? The question has weighed on me since Boss, a five-year-old pit bull, nearly tore the nose off Ottawa tot Cali Leclair. A pit bull ban in every province would not be illegal. It would not be unconstitutional. It wouldn't even really assume that all pit bulls are inherently bad. It would simply take stock of overwhelming evidence
Currently, Ontario legislation identifies Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers, and "a dog that has the appearance . . . substantially similar to any of those dogs," warrant being banned, or killed. To put the above in human terms, that's akin to deciding guilt on the basis of appearance, not behaviour: It's a Ku Klux Klan law.