Michigan, Support Animal-Protection Bills!
MI: Multiple Animal-Protection Bills
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Please call and email your state representative and state senator in Lansing now and urge them to support these humane bills before the end of the year. See action steps below.
The Michigan Legislature is considering two animal-protection bills that will improve the lives of animals in your state:
Support: MI H.B. 4478–Pet Protective Orders
Sponsor: Rep. Robert Kosowski
This bill would bring Michigan in line with the majority of states by allowing judges to include pets in domestic violence protective orders. Studies show that victims of domestic violence are reluctant to leave a dangerous situation if their beloved family pet is at risk. This bill has passed the House and is pending in the Senate.
Support: MI S.B. 239 –Prohibit Breed Discrimination
Sponsor: Senator David Robinson
Breed-specific laws are unfair and do not improve public safety, so they have no place in Michigan. This bill would prohibit municipalities from enacting ordinances that would target specific breeds of dogs. This bill has passed the Senate and is pending in the House.
What You Can Do
Please ensure these bills pass by taking these three quick and easy actions today:
- Call your Michigan state representative and urge him or her to support S.B. 239 to prevent breed discrimination. If you don't know who your representative is, you can find out here.
- Call your state senator and urge him or her to support H.B. 4478 to allow judges to include pets in orders of protection for victims of domestic violence. You can find your senator's name and number here.
- Then, using the form below, please send a follow-up email to your state legislators. Don’t forget to personalize your letter and explain why animal protection is important to you!
Thank you for standing up for animals, Michigan.
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