It is one thing to commute to work from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, but to commute from Buffalo, NY to Toronto is just not feasible. This is essentially the problem Major League Baseball star pitcher Mark Buerhle currently faces. Like Miami, Ontario has a ban on pit bulls.

Last season, Buerhle pitched for the Miami Marlins and chose to live outside of the county so that his family, including his 2 year-old pit bull Slater, could stay together. Earlier this offseason, he was involved in a blockbuster trade to the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto, part of Ontario, has their own version of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and does not allow pit bulls.

Buerhle is committed to both his family and his career. Although he has not publicly commented on his living plans for next season, it has been widely speculated that he will live away from his family during the baseball season or highly encourage another trade to a team located in a city without BSL. We applaud Buerhle’s commitment to fighting for the rights of pit bulls and wish him and his family the best of luck with this situation that stems from a discriminating law.