My stance on the Humane Society of the United States is no secret. They’ve been a bane on the No Kill movement, a staunch supporter of abusive, high kill shelters, and frankly, 99% of the time they send steam shooting out my ears.
But not today. Today I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from the aforementioned organization. It wasn’t their typical plea for cash or heart-wrenching (and oft-disingenuous) story of a recent rescue. Instead, it was a simple plea for voters to strike down Miami-Dade’s breed ban on August 14.
Signed by Mr. Wayne Pacelle himself.
The email read as follows, and even included an image of what the ballot question will look like (lord knows it’s confusing):
On August 14, dogs in Miami-Dade need your vote! Miami-Dade is the only municipality in Florida that bans pit bull dogs, and this policy is inhumane, unfair, unsafe, and outdated. You can end 20 years of breed discrimination by voting YES on #500.
Breed bans are ineffective and end up hurting innocent dogs and their families. Effective dog bite prevention policies focus on owner responsibility and are never breed-specific. We need policies that are better for dogs and better for public safety.
Please vote Yes on #500 to repeal the breed ban on August 14 (or during early voting). Thank you for all you do for animals.
Bravo HSUS, bravo.
With Ed Sayres out the door, and the HSUS getting on board with a cause like this – perhaps the tide is about to change.
Let’s hope so.