As a country, we try to discourage discrimination against people as much as we possibly can. Often times we think humans are the only ones who are discriminated against, which in-fact is just not true. Animals are also victims of discrimination. Certain dog breeds commonly face discrimination, especially Pit Bulls.
After 19 states decided to stop dog discrimination by signing bills, Arizona joined alongside these states in hopes of fighting doggy bias. The governor Doug Ducey signed Bill 1248, which starts in August.
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) still occur in many states. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Akitas tend to be victims of BSL. Best Friends Animal Society senior legislative attorney Ledy VanKavage states,
“In America, responsible dog owners should be able to love and care for any breed of dog they choose. It’s that simple. We are sure more states will follow suit.”
Another activist, Kris Diaz, tracks who is tearing down BSL. In this year he has seen several communities take down their BSL. Later he adds,
“2016 is continuing the trend of the previous years where BSL is being overturned and rejected at rates far exceeding any passages.”
Although Arizona is taking steps in the right direction, some parts of the law are not yet perfect. Unfortunately, the state has not been able to pass anti-puppy mill protections. Even though Arizona made some great changes, animal advocates need to push a little more.
Regardless of the laws put in place, the Humane Society and the SPCA are trying really hard to promote adopting pets instead of buying them. Also, they hope to inform and educate people concerning the puppy mill situation occurring around the country.
After many years of BSL, Arizona has made tremendous steps to stop doggy discrimination. Please share this to bring awareness to BSL. Also, make sure to bring this to your legislators’ attention.
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