Richmond – More than 2000 people have signed a petition demanding that Miss Universe Canada 2012 Sahar Biniaz be stripped of her title due to her stance against pit bull ownership in British Columbia (B.C.)
Following the media reports of her stance against pit bull ownership in B.C., Miss Universe Canada Sahar Biniaz has come under fire from supporters of pit bulls and animal rights advocates. The petition was launched three days ago at Change.org and has so far received nearly 2300 signatures. It asks Denis Davila, National Director of Miss Universe Canada, to strip Sahar Biniaz of her title who is going to represent Canada in the coming Miss Universe contest in December.
The petition bases its demand on a statement by Biniaz published in The Vancouver Sun according to which Biniaz was attacked by her family’s pet pit bull when she was 14. The paper wrote that the beauty pageant winner still carries the scar of that attack on her chest and is now advocating either a complete ban on pit bulls in the province of British Columbia or legally requiring pit bulls to be kept on leash and muzzled “at all times”. For this purpose, wrote the paper, she is using her “voice” to create awareness. In addition, she has met a local Alan Campbell to help turn the proposed ban on pit bulls into provincial law.
On an article in the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, dozens of comments came against Biniaz’s stance on pit bulls in BC, including angry comments from pit bull owners who said they considered pit bulls as innocent and just like family members or good friends. An article on Examiner.com called Biniaz’s story “illogical” and her statements “vague and inconclusive”. The article demanded that Biniaz be stripped of her title not only because of her anti-pit bull stance but because she “fails to follow the creed of Miss Universe.”
In addition to the petition at Change.org, a Facebook page titled ahar Biniaz, Miss Universe Canada does not represent MY CANADA has also been launched, saying that Canada does not support Biniaz’s position on pit bulls.