Driving A Dog In Toronto Is Harder Then Flying A Pig In New-York

With the new guidelines from the Department of Transportation now in place you can fly your assistance animal – a pig, monkey or horse, anywhere you like. As long as it is an ‘assistance animal’. A word of advice – stay away from Toronto, unless you want to walk from the airport that is:

‘The first driver in line headed towards me to start loading my luggage.

It was when he grabbed Kishka’s kennel and realized a dog was in there that he turned around quickly and waved me away.

The second driver, also a visible minority, said “No” the moment I approached him.

The second driver — who works for McIntosh Limousine — refused to give me a reason for refusing me or his name.

Thankfully, a third driver eventually pulled up. He had no issue transporting Kishka, who promptly fell asleep in his kennel the moment we hit the highway.

What I realized is that this occurs quite often not only at the airport but in Toronto proper and is happening due to religious reasons — that is, because dogs are considered unclean in certain religions.

In fact, Gail Beck-Souter, general manager of Beck Taxi that operates about 900 cars in Toronto, confirms that if certain Muslims take a dog in their vehicle, they are required to go home and shower afterwards (before they pray).’

I would think that for a taxi to drive off and leave a disabled person on the curbside because they have an assistance dog is a case of discrimination and a violation of human rights. How odd that animal advocates and human rights activists are silent on this issue.

Hello! Calling on Canada’s human rights defenders. The silence is deafening!

About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim is a house call Veterinarian in Melbourne
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