Monday, May 15, 2006

Charter protection for dogs - not humans - in Ontario

For all those who defend the rights of human beings in this country and who don't realisitcally believe that dogs are included in the enumerated grounds for a Charter Challenge in the Canadian Constitution.

Dear Minister Bryant:

I never thought I'd see the day when a high profile lawyer, Clayton Ruby, starts defending dogs under our Constitution in a Charter Challenge. (CTV news)

But then again, this is Ontario - a province that snubs it's nose at the legal rights of human beings - especially those already enumerated in section 15 of the Charter - namely those who are branded as "mentally ill" and who have their rights violated daily but cannot get legal services or access to the courts or Charter challenges because of the discriminatory attitudes of lawyers and the Crown.

So, it's not really surprising that dogs have more rights in Ontario than human beings. If a dog was subjected to the inhumane and undignified treatment that individuals who are branded by the health community with a "mental illness" do in this province, Ontarians would certainly be up in arms about it wouldn't they and as fast as possible launch a Charter challenge?

What an incredibly pathetic province this is.

Human Rights/Mental Health Rights Advocate
Hamilton ON


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