When a Denver-area suburb is considering repealing its breed ban, I consider that a sign: Changes are coming!
And did you see the Huffington Post article, Six More States May Outlaw Breed-Specific Legislation, Making Everything Better For Pit Bulls, which ran about two weeks ago? The article reports that, “Seventeen states have already passed laws that stop localities from discriminating against dogs by breed. The six now considering similar prohibitions are Maryland,Vermont, South Dakota, Missouri, Utah and Washington state.” So not only is that GREAT news in the fight to end breed-discriminatory laws, it’s also wonderful that it’s in an outlet as mainstream as HuffPo!
If you read the comments in that article, though, it’s clear that we have a lot of educating left to do…
But there’s another huge piece of related news that, I think, wasn’t heralded loudly enough.
The Farm Bill has made it a federal crime to attend a dog fight. If you take the spectators away from a “spectator event,” well then, the event becomes unprofitable, which is why dog fighters fight dogs in the first place. This is HUGE, and I only wish it got the media attention it deserves! Here’s a brief write-up from Victoria Stilwell.
All these individual actions are like single pieces to a big puzzle, and a lot of people are working very hard to put it all together. I’m trying to keep up with it as much as I can and share it out on Facebook, but if you see any victories or articles we should all know about, please share in the comments on in the FB community!
A random, newsy post for today, but I just had to share these awesome stories and accomplishments in the fight to end breed-discriminatory legislation! Hope you’re having a great Monday!
Photo courtesy of petsadviser.com. This is Mike, a pit bull / boxer mix, from a shelter in Louisiana. He was adopted in 2012.