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House Bill 416 will end breed discrimination in Vermont.

Best Friends Animal Society believes that all dogs are individuals, and that the focus of any law pertaining to dangerous dogs or reckless dog owners should be on the behaviors of both dog and owner. 

Currently in Vermont, it’s legal for overreaching local officials to outlaw pet dogs of any breed or mixed breed ― at any time. That means that any municipality can ban your dog, even if he or she has done nothing wrong. That's something that few Americans agree with. In fact, a whopping 84 percent of Americans believe that federal, state or local governments shouldn't be allowed to tell people what kind of dog they can own. House Bill 416 would stop this infringement of your rights and save the lives of dogs.

This important humane legislation was recently introduced in the state House of Representatives and assigned to the Committee on Government Operations.

Please take action today by contacting your elected officials. Urge lawmakers to support H 416 by voting “yes” to end breed discrimination in our state. Phone calls are also very effective. You can find your elected official’s contact information by using our online tool

Don’t stop there! Once you have sent a message to your senator, please share this action alert on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media platforms. The more of us that speak up for Vermont’s dogs, the better our chances of passing this valuable legislation.

Together, we can fight breed discrimination to Save Them All.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, I urge you to support H 416 to stop local governments from infringing on the rights of Vermont citizens rights to own and care for whatever breed of pet dog they choose.

I am counting on you to protect our freedom and help make Vermont the 21st state to ban breed discrimination.