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MI: The time is now to end breed discrimination.

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Best Friends Legislative Alert

Urge your representative to support SB 741.

We are very close to ending breed discrimination in Michigan, but our state’s dogs and their responsible owners need your voice. Senate Bill 741 would eliminate breed discrimination in municipalities throughout our state. This important legislation has already passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote by the House.

We all want safe and humane communities for people and pets in Michigan. SB 741 encourages local government to enhance public safety for people and pets by focusing on the behavior of the individual owner and the individual 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. 

Time is running short in this legislative session. SB 741 must be voted upon by the House within the next two weeks. Your representative needs to hear 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. 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

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 from dangerous dogs and we want abused dogs protected from reckless owners.

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 Outdated breed discriminatory laws have been scientifically proven to be the wrong approach to making a community safe.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 hold reckless owners accountable when their poor decisions result in dogs or people being hurt. Reckless owners should be punished -- no excuses, no exceptions.

Please support SB 741 to promote safe and humane communities throughout Michigan. All Michigan residents who follow the right safety rules as responsible dog owners should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose. Thank you.

Sincerely,