The big decision this year caused many divisions among Americans, but one thing connects us more than anything: our love for dogs.
Dogs were a topic of discussion in several cities, and this year people voted for their pups.
In San Antonio, Texas, city officials faced a big decision last week regarding pet stores and dog sales. Legislators proposed banning pet stores from selling for-profit-bred dogs and instead offering only those obtained through rescue. The city hopes this ordinance will help find homes for homeless dogs and encourage adoption rather than promoting dog breeding for profit.
There were additional concerns that many of the puppies sold through pet stores came from puppy mills – where dogs are forced to breed litter after litter and puppies are often sold sick. While there are responsible breeders out there, pet stores don’t always use them. Many pet stores are unaware of the conditions in which their pups were raised. Others are just downright dishonest. Well-meaning people who just want a dog to love end up supporting puppy mills that they may not even know exist.
Pet shops, including Petland, which is often accused of knowingly selling puppy mill dogs, hired lobbyists to defy the bill. Petland says they vouch for the health of the pets they sell and ensure that every animal is examined by a veterinarian.
Despite their arguments, the San Antonio City Council voted for the ordinance, which will come into effect on January 1, 2021. Mayor Ron Nirenberg, a father who saves dogs himself, said he was proud to vote for it.
“My family was blessed to have four dogs at this point that had previously been abused by breeders and puppy mills. And so I’ve been waiting for this for the past six years. “
Another big decision was made for dogs last night in Denver, Colorado. 2020 was a roller coaster ride for racial law in Denver. In January, Councilor Chris Herndon introduced a move aimed at lifting the city’s decade-old pit bull ban. The ban has been in place for thirty years and was passed after some unfortunate incidents led city officials to believe that pit bulls could be dangerous. Legislators ruled that it was too risky to let pit bulls live in their town. But in the past few years dog lovers have been talking very loudly about misunderstood breeds. We believe, like many others, that there is no such thing as a bad race.
Councilor Herndon seems to think so too. In January, he and the Denver City Council voted to lift the ban and allow pit bulls with special regulations. But the victory was short-lived. Mayor Michael B. Hancock immediately announced his intention to veto the city council’s decision.
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Denver citizens voted in favor of the new law, but Mayor Hancock announced on February 14th that he “could not in good conscience” support the legislation. It was the first time in the three years since his election that he had made use of his right of veto. The city council had the option to overturn the mayor’s veto, but unfortunately did not get the majority support it needed from its members to do so.
But the fight wasn’t over yet.
The council managed to get the measure for this year’s vote. When the citizens of Denver cast their votes for their representatives, they were also able to weigh up the decision of whether or not to lift the pit bull ban.
With the decision in the hands of Denver residents, the pit bull ban will be lifted on January 1st. It was passed with the support of 64.5% of Denver voters. 35.5% voted to keep the ban.
The ban applies to American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Those who would like a pit bull breed to live in their home are allowed up to two and must register with Denver Animal Protection and obtain a breed restriction permit. If no incidents are reported after three years, Pit Bulls pet parents are allowed to register their pups as usual.
“Pit bulls” are mostly misunderstood dogs. In fact, “Pit Bull” is not a breed, but refers to several breeds of similar appearance. Dog lovers know that they are loving, playful, and loyal, but these dogs have gained a frightening reputation among those they don’t know.
Pit Bulls are a popular breed for dog fighters because of their loyalty. They are raised by puppies and rewarded for aggressive behavior – which is usually not their nature. Because of their bad reputation and abundance of breeding animals, an estimated 1 million pit bulls are euthanized each year in the United States. But this decision gives new hope that attitudes towards these dogs will change and that they could soon be welcomed everywhere as beloved family members.
These choices prove that power is in the hands of dog-loving people. You may just have to cast one vote, and you may not live in these cities, but make people like you aware of issues that affect dogs. You can reach people who may not be aware of these issues through word of mouth, social media, and your support from your local emergency services and shelters.
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