It is no secret that tethering dogs is extremely dangerous. But an adorably-named bill in North Carolina wants to make practice illegal, and we must support local efforts to ensure the bill gets a vote and is passed in the state legislature! As summer temperatures are heating up, it's essential that we protect our beloved furry friends from the dangers of prolonged heat exposure outdoors.
Sign now to demand the North Carolina Legislature pass the Fiona Mae Wagglebottom's Act and ban tethering in the state!
Tethering dogs leaves them vulnerable to all sorts of dangers and harms. Tethered dogs are at higher risk for suffering during extreme weather events, becoming dehydrated and hungry, and it restricts their movement, leaving them prone to attacks from other animals or even people. In some awful scenarios, tethered dogs have even gotten tangled to the point of physically injuring themselves while trying to escape their restriction. The bottom line is that tethering is deeply unnatural, and we should support all legislative attempts to protect our pup friends from the risks of the practice.
23 other states in the U.S. have laws that limit or entirely restrict how dog owners can tether their dogs. This is a great step in the direction of protecting domestic animals, but clearly not enough! North Carolina must follow the lead of California, Washington, and 21 other states and pass the Fiona Mae Waggelbottom's Act.
Senate and House Republicans are slow in North Carolina to pass animal welfare laws, often because they work at the behest of the hog and poultry industries and worry about the implications of any similar law on the factory farming industry – if welfare standards go up for some animals, they fear they will have to do so for more. But would more kindness to animals across the board really be so terrible? We cannot let yet another crucial bill be lost because of their hesitancy. We must put more pressure on them than ever to protect local dogs from the dangers of tethering. Sign the petition now to demand that this bill get a vote, and that lawmakers pass it before any more poor pups suffer in the summer heat in North Carolina!