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MI: Help end breed discrimination in our state.

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Urge your representative to support SB 741.

We all want safe and humane communities for people and pets in Michigan. Senate Bill 741 would eliminate breed discrimination in municipalities throughout our state. This important legislation has already passed the Senate and is now in the House.
 
We want our communities protected against dangerous dogs and we want abused dogs to be protected from reckless owners. SB 741 encourages local governments to enhance public safety for people and pets by focusing on the behaviors of the owner and the dog, while preserving property rights.  All Michigan residents who follow the right safety rules as responsible dog owners should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose. It’s that simple.
 
SB 741 is awaiting a hearing with the House Local Government Committee. Your representative needs to know that you support this important piece of legislation, which would protect families and pets in our state. Your voice needs to be heard today.
 
Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email asking your representative to support SB 741. Please also ask your representative to communicate support of this bill to colleagues on the House Local Government Committee. Phone calls can also be effective. You can use our online tool to locate your representative’s phone number.
  
Thank you for speaking up. Together, we are ending breed discrimination to Save Them All. 

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Support SB 741 for safe and humane communities in Michigan

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a Michigan resident, I urge you to support Senate Bill 741, an important piece of legislation that would eliminate breed discrimination in our state. A fundamental goal of SB 741 is to achieve safe and humane communities. We want our communities protected against dangerous dogs and we want abused dogs to be protected from reckless owners. Reckless owners should be punished. No exceptions. No excuses.

Comprehensive dangerous dog laws put the safety focus squarely on the behavior of both dog and owner. Outdated breed discriminatory laws have been scientifically proven to be the wrong approach to making a community safe. But holding all dog owners accountable for the behavior of their animals will guarantee a safer Michigan. Everyone wants to see our communities protected from dangerous dogs.

Instead of punishing innocent dogs for being born into a certain breed or for the way they look, Michigan communities should hold owners accountable and responsible for dogs that are actually dangerous. All of our state's communities deserve comprehensive and consistent dog laws that demand responsible dog ownership and that hold reckless owners accountable when their poor decisions result in hurting other dogs or people. Reckless owners should be punished. Our communities and abused animals deserve better.

Please support SB 741 to promote safe and humane communities throughout Michigan. Please also communicate your support for these important bills to your colleagues on the House Local Government Committee where SB 741 has been assigned. Thank you.

Sincerely,