Willie Nelson Fights Discrimination – Against Dogs

Campaigning against 'canine profiling' in Ohio

November 21, 2011 2:30 PM ET
Willie Nelson fights to end canine discrimination
Willie Nelson fights to end canine discrimination
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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."

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