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!

Julie Castle


Best Friends Animal Society