If Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, were alive today, even he might be surprised by the sheer number and tenacity of politically savvy dog owners and animal welfare organizations.
During hearings on controversial local and state bills, legions of canine enthusiasts pack rooms to voice their support or opposition. In July 2007, animal advocates began lining up outside California’s Capitol nearly two hours before a senate committee hearing on a statewide mandatory spay-neuter bill. Hundreds of people attended a hearing in Boston earlier this year when lawmakers decided to explore the idea of a statewide ban on pit bull-type dog.
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