(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has been wearing his activist hat as of late. Last week, Nelson spoke out in favor of Ohio House Bill 14, which would remove a law that declares certain breeds vicious, i.e., canine profiling. Nelson, a long time dog lover and animal rights activist, published a letter asking Ohio residents in support of the bill to contact their state senators, as it already passed in the House of Representatives. Read on for more from Nelson and the rest of the Rolling Stone piece. And to all the Global Animals out in Ohio, please help in getting this bill passed. — Global Animal
Willie Nelson wants the state of Ohio to repeal its law condoning one form of discrimination: canine profiling. The singer is speaking out in favor of Ohio House Bill 14, which would remove from the books a law that declares certain dog breeds inherently vicious and would strengthen associated laws targeting irresponsible dog owners.
Nelson, a dog lover who lends his famous name to the Best Friends Animal Society, has published a letter asking Ohio residents to contact their state senators to voice support for the bill, which has already passed in the House of Representatives.
By current state law, pit bulls and pit bull mixes are automatically categorized as vicious, regardless of their behavior.
“There are countless dogs deemed ‘pit bulls’ but actually are of unknown heritage who make wonderful family pets,” Nelson writes. “Dogs, like people, are individuals and should each be judged on his/her own merits.”