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House Bill 416 will end breed discrimination in Vermont.

Did you know that it’s legal in Vermont for local officials to outlaw or regulate pet dogs based on their breed or appearance? That means that any municipality can ban your dog, even if he or she has done nothing wrong. Very few Americans agree with that. In fact, a whopping 84 percent of Americans believe that federal, state and local governments shouldn't be allowed to tell people what kind of dog they can own. 

House Bill 416 would stop this infringement on your rights and save the lives of dogs.

This important humane legislation, introduced in the House, has been assigned to the Committee on Government Operations.

At Best Friends, we believe that all dogs are individuals. That’s why community-focused, safety-first dangerous dog laws should focus on the behavior of the individual dog and the individual owner. What the law shouldn’t do is target certain dogs based on myths and stereotypes. Instead, let’s hold owners accountable and responsible for their animals.

HB 416 is awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Government Operations. It’s up to us to let the committee know how important this legislation is for our state.

Take action now, and contact your state representative and senator and urge her or him to support this bill and to tell the chair to bring HB 416 up for a vote.

Don’t stop there! Share this message on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media platforms. The more of us who speak up for Vermont’s dogs, the better our chances of ending breed discrimination in our state.

Thank you for being a voice for our pets. Together, we are ending breed discrimination to Save Them All.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and voter, I urge you to support HB 416 to stop local governments from infringing on Vermont citizens' right to own and care for whatever breeds of pet dog they choose.

I am counting on you to protect our freedom and help make Vermont the 22nd state to ban breed discrimination. Please support HB 416 and ask Chair Townsend to hold a hearing on the bill in the House Committee on Government Operations.