more anti-BSL bills on the horizon.
Aurora, Colorado attorney GEORGE BROWN is spearheading a citizen initiative to try and make Colorado the first no kill state. ballot initiatives are those public vote thingees that BRENT TOELLNER spoke out against last weekend. and no surprise, there is anti-BSL language in it. i bet TOELLNER is not against this one.
NO DOG SHALL BE DEEMED IRREDEEMABLY HOSTILE OR AGGRESSIVE BASED ON BREED OR PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS. page 2, paragraph 3. (5)(B)
BROWN feels that we are "executing" shelter animals and there has to be a better way. yes, there is. it is called MANDATORY SPAY AND NEUTER! hmmm..i wonder if BROWN has given any thought to the "execution" of the millions of farm animals to feed dogs and cats or the thousands of animals mutilated and "executed" by gripping dogs. but there is hope in the the form of opposition to the initiative. the president of the president of the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies, Lisa Pederson questions the initiative's practicality citing among other things, “The amendment will also hinder a shelter’s ability to protect the public from dangerous dogs. That’s a primary part of our function in the community."
WHOA! someone involved in animal welfare is actually expressing concern for the safety of the public. public safety? that's a novel idea!
on january 31st, Vermont democrat David Potter introduced H 775. this bill prohibits local municipalities from banning certain breeds of dogs.
on february 4, Utah democrat Brian S. King introduced HB 97 to prohibit a municipality from enacting or enforcing a breed specific rule, regulation, policy or ordinance about dogs.
Georgia Republicans Knight, Roberts, Burns, Ehrhart and Shaw have introduced HB 409 to prohibit local governments from adopting certain regulations pertaining to animals; limit authority of local governments to establish dog control regulations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
NO local authority will be able to:
1) require spay and neuter
2) require higher licensing fees for "animals" not spayed or neutered
3) prevent the ownership, breeding, transfer, purchase, tethering, training or transportation of dogs used for the lawful pursuit of game, field trials, shows or disability services
4) ban the sale or ownership of any specific breed of dog or cat
Maryland HB 422 prohibits the discrimination of dogs based on breed, type or heritage
South Dakota SB 75 prevents BSL at the local government level (cute photo of a yorkie at this this link)
anti-BSL initiatives are stealthily being introduced in missouri and washington.
in december 2013 Rep Ron Hicks filed HB 1116. it has slowly and quietly gained support but a hearing has not yet been scheduled. the entire bill can be read here.
a few days later Rep Sherry Appleton (dem) filed HB 2117. to date, three other democrats have jumped on the band wagon. the entire bill can be read here. it is scheduled for a hearing @ 8 am on thursday, the 16th. i sure do hope that good Samaritan Ranger Rob plans to attend. Ranger Rob, please snag LEDY'S autograph for me. mucho gracias!
unable to attend?
you will be able to join in the fun and watch the excitement live.
on another interesting note, Rep Sherry Appleton is also working to restrict lethal force self defense laws. i think these two laws compliment each other, don't you?