Saturday, November 21, 2009

Help Protect Our Right to Own Pets

There is a very disturbing trend happening in the US right now and most people are unaware of it. States all across the country are making efforts to pass laws that will limit our rights to own pets. These laws range from spay/neuter laws to limiting what breed (breed specific laws) can legally live within town, city and state limits. Some laws even go as far as to dictate how many pets are allowed per household. You can view some of the legislative activity in your state by visiting The American Kennel Club.

Pets are our family; we love them and care for them as if they were our children. To think one day our government, be it local, state or federal could have the right to say we can no longer own our dog because of what breed it is, is beyond scary.

View the list of pending laws in your state, contact your local or state representative and voice your opinion against this new type of regulation. Those who want to limit pet ownership are slowly winning the right to do so by quietly getting laws passed. As pet owners and pet lovers we need speak up and be heard. You don’t want to wake up one day and get a knock on your door telling you to dispose of the dog who you so dearly love because of the breed it is or the number you own.

The American Kennel Club issues legislative alerts. You can be updated on a regular basis as to what is happening on a state by state basis by subscribing to these alerts. Click here to subscribe.

The American Dog Owners Association also issues legislative alerts which can be found by clicking here.

Below are some links to informative resources related to the right to own pets across the country.

The American Kennel Club

The American Dog Owners Association

National Animal Interest Alliance

We all have the right to own a pet, care for a pet and love a pet. Don’t let those who think otherwise take this inherent right away from you and your family.

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