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The Texas Committee passes law to end racial discrimination in public housing

Dogs are part of the family. When we move, our dogs come with us. But that might be more difficult for some families, depending on the breed of their furry friend. In many states, landlords just have to look at a dog and say no. Pit bulls, rottweilers, and other muscular dogs are just a few of the many canines that suffer from this. It’s time to put an end to these outdated rules.

There is no science that can prove that a breed is inherently dangerous. Dogs are dogs, so they should be treated the same. Fortunately, a new bill from Texas could be the answer.

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Ending Racial Discrimination

Texas House Bill 3798 would end racial discrimination in public housing. Texas has over 60,000 public housing units, many of which do not allow “aggressive” races. But of course many of the dogs they forbid are among the cutest and most well-behaved. It’s unfair that these dogs are not welcome in so many places.

Fortunately, the law was passed unanimously in the House Committee of County Affairs. It seems that many people believe that racial discrimination laws are not fair.

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“Racial discrimination is an archaic belief that is unscientific that hurts families, and forces them to make an unthinkable decision to separate from their pet,” said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society.

In fact, the most common banned dog breed is a pit bull. However, the term “pit bull” does not necessarily refer to a specific breed. It is a nickname given to dogs with a muscular build. Without this new bill, landlords can view and ban a dog because it looks like Pit Bull’s description. But a dog’s individual personality should be more important than its looks.

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What’s next for this bill?

This legislation will next be discussed in the Texas House Committee on Calendars. If it is passed by a majority, it is passed on to the Senate. So it may take a while for this bill to become a reality, but it will be a huge hit for dogs if it does.

“Social housing residents shouldn’t be unduly targeted by policies that circumvent existing state law,” Castle said. “HB 3798 would give Texas citizens the treatment their families deserve and lead to happier communities in Texas.”

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Dogs deserve to stay with their families no matter where they live. We’re currently on the right track, especially since Colorado ended its 2020 ban on pit bulls as pets. But of course we still have a long way to go. Keep showing the world how loving all breeds of dogs can be because no dog should be defined by its appearance.

H / T: wfaa.com
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