So much email today! I just got another one, informing me that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed SB 1578, a law limiting the number of hours a dog can be chained.
Granted, contextually this is a small issue, but I still think it’s important.
This law will undoubtedly save many animals’ lives and reduce unnecessary suffering. It will also increase public safety since chained dogs are more likely to be aggressive and bite than dogs who are not chained. SB 1578 is landmark legislation that sets an example for other states to follow.
About the Anti-Chaining Bill:
Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) introduced SB 1578 to reduce the
number of dog bites and dog attacks in California. Research has shown that
chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs because
they feel the strong need to protect their territory and have no way to flee
SB 1578 will also help protect hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs who lead
lives of misery at the end of backyard chains. Under current state law,
animal control officers cannot cite citizens for chaining unless they find
other signs of neglect, such as lack of food and water. Often, by that time,
it is too late to save the dog.
The Anti-Chaining Bill was sponsored by the California Animal Association,
of which United Animal Nations (UAN) is a founding member.