U.S. based French photographer Sophie Gamand is still on the mission to challenge the often negative perception of Pit bulls.
“This series has a strong, important message,” Gamand told Bored Panda. “Between 800,000 and 1 million pit bull-type dogs are euthanized in America every year. Around the world, they suffer similar prejudice. My art project became a strong voice for these dogs. And people got really vested in the project. So now not only is my career in a great place, but I also have a strong following on social media, which allows me to adopt even more dogs out, and keep fighting the good fight for shelter dogs, pit bulls in particular.”
Gamand’s campaign goes under #PitBullFlowerPower on social media.
Her take on the Montreal Pit Bull ban:
UPDATE ON THE MONTREAL PIT BULL BAN. I have been a little quiet lately about what is happening in Montreal. For those who follow my page closely, you have seen, throughout the summer, multiple posts about the proposed ban of pit bulls the city is working on. They even talk about making it province-wide. Monday is a big day. The city council will vote on the bylaw and if approved, it will be implemented right away. Starting Monday, pit bulls would be banned, shelters would have to euthanize them, owners of pit bulls would have to submit themselves to criminal background checks and expensive taxes, their dogs will have to wear muzzles, short leashes, fluorescent tags, be neutered and microchipped and registered as a pit bull. Starting Monday, good citizens will have to make one of the hardest decisions they will have to make: decide whether or not their dog looks like a pit bull enough, they have to “out” them to the authorities and abide by these crazy demands. Or take a chance and hope their “concerned” neighbors won’t denounce them, as is encouraged by the proposed bylaw. I have been quite depressed about this for a few weeks. It seems no matter what experts say, vets, shelters, no matter the scientific evidence, these politicians will not listen. I am so proud of the @spcamontreal that took a firm stand and threatened the city to end dog-control services over the pit bull ban (www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-pit-bull-ban-spca-1.3751462). They refuse to euthanize healthy, sweet, adoptable dogs over their looks. It was a very ballsy move, and hopefully it will resonate with the politicians’ agendas, since their hearts and brains seem to be oblivious to the truth. There is still a bit of time to help: – Sign this petition, hosted by the SPCA de Montréal and join the 25,000 people who already did so. People have reportedly stated that nobody cares about pit bulls in Montreal. Let’s show them that they are wrong!!: www.saferkindercommunities.com . – head to my Facebook page for a couple more links and info: www.facebook.com/SophieGamand #endBSL #mtlmomentsincludealldogs #jamaissansmonchien #montreal #montrealmoments
MONTREAL PIT BULL BAN Following the official ban of pit bull type dogs in Montreal today, I just wanted to share this very important information for pit bull owners in Montreal. Please share and tag your Montreal friends who might be affected. If you want to keep fighting against this BSL, please consider signing this petition as well if you haven’t already: www.saferkindercommunities.com. The new bylaw will apply to all 19 boroughs and will define pit bulls as: 1. Staffordshire bull terriers. 2. American pit bull terriers. 3. American Staffordshire terriers. 4. Any mix with these breeds. 5. Any dog that presents characteristics of one of those breeds. (that last one is scary, since most mix of dogs could be considered having characteristics of these breeds! How will they define and enforce this, I don’t know!). Those who now own a dog of those breeds and already live in Montreal will have to acquire a special permit in order to keep their pet by Dec. 31, 2016. Go to this website and click on the “schedule” tab to view the schedule for registering your pit bull: ville.montreal.qc.ca/animals/resources La Ville de Montréal has set the following 20 dates in October 2016 for Montréal residents who own pit bull-type dogs to apply for a special permit to keep their dog. Do not delay: a special permit is now mandatory. You may report to any of the Accès Montréal offices listed on the dates and at the times shown. To make an application, you must pay a $150 fee and show: – An ID document, – Proof of your place of residence, – Any document demonstrating that you were the dog’s owner on October 3, 2016. In addition, if your dog is vaccinated against rabies, is sterilized and/or has a microchip implant, bring veterinary documents (certificate, invoice or written declaration) as evidence. These documents, as well as a police certificate (judicial record check), can be presented at the time of applying for the permit or supplied later (by March 1, 2017 at the latest). — Thanks to our friends @pinupsforpitbullsinc for sharing the info. #BanMontreal #PitBullFlowerPower
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