Best Friends Blog

Power of the people in Oklahoma!

Announcing victories for pit-bull-type dogs on this blog has become commonplace. Massachusetts and Ohio were the biggest wins of 2012, with many others across the U.S. helping to overturn stereotype-based breed-discriminatory laws. Commonplace or not, we never tire of this kind of good news.

According to media outlets in Oklahoma, a state senator there has abandoned an effort to allow cities and towns to pass breed-discriminatory legislation (BDL), something currently banned under state law.

Senate Bill 32 was met with heavy opposition, including that of more than 900 Oklahoma Best Friends members and supporters who sent messages through our Action Center, dozens of petitions that flew across the Internet, and calls made by proud dog owners to lawmakers. All were adamant regarding the fallacies of BDL. They let Oklahoma legislators know that passage of SB 32 would not be a smart career move.

Once again, the power of the people was evident, and the lawmaker who introduced the bill withdrew the proposal.

I don’t know about you, but I can feel the shift taking place. It’s gratifying to see so many people come to understand what we know to be true. All animals are individuals, and should be treated as such. It’s not surprising, though, considering that we have the amazing ambassadors of the dogs themselves to make our case.

But now is not the time to rest because there is still much to do. The best way to make sure you never miss an opportunity to be heard is to sign up for our Action Alerts. We’ll send you an email when there’s action needed where you live. You can sign up for those alerts here, just like all those folks in Oklahoma who stepped up for the animals.

Go Sooners!

Francis Battista
Best Friends Animal Society

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  • Anonymous

    thank you so much for all your hard work 🙂

  • tony

    It’s about time that the powers to be have seen the light because of public pressure and by people who rally for a breed of dog that has gotten an undeserved reputation because of media hype and the ignorance of those who have no regard for a life( dog fighters and backyard breeders) and by doing so, ruin it for everyone else who truly love these dogs as cherished members of the family. There was a time in this Nations history that the Pit Bull and Pit/Mixes were the most popular dog in our Country. Achieving more than any other breed of dog in our Nations History. This being said, Pit Bulls are one of our Nations oldest breeds. There as scrappy and tough as what built our Nation. And they were right there beside us all the way. I personally feel that because of the breeds rich history and contribution to this Country, they should be honored and perhaps designated as a symbol, as our Nations Dog. Could we pull together and achieve this?

  • dbrammer

    Media hype does decide death for pit bulls where I live. I am only one voice that I know of and in Garland , Texas they decided that all pit bulls are vicious. There are fence requirements which are good for any dog to help protect them but the worst part is that when one is captured or turned in to our animal control their fate is sealed ,if unclaimed. No adoption no new home just death. I have had a few words with one that picked up a very nice white pit bull and he was angry that I had helped the dog. I asked him if they picked the dog and murdered it and it was true. I
    t is so disheartening to know that a wonderful breed is so badly pictured and treated when it truth it is the owners not the dog that should be found guilty.

  • Anonymous

    They are worth all the effort. The time is over for some media hype to dictate the life and death of an innocent group of dogs and to get down to the business of effectively reducing ALL dog bites and not just some dog bites and to make the horrific ILLEGAL activity of dog fighting just a distant memory of how our society finally became enlightened and acknowledged that this ILLEGAL activity was always wrong on so many levels.