STOP ARKANSAS SB339! A bill attempting to NEUTER the Working Animal Protection Act Statute (ACT 1091)
Arkansas SB339 is scheduled to be heard tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development.
The Working Animal Protection Act passed the Arkansas legislature (HB1883) and was signed into law in 2021 becoming statute in Arkansas, ACT 1091.
Two years later, Arkansas SB339 would amend ACT 1091 which would completely neuter the Working Animal Protection Act!
If passed, SB339 would change “municipality” and “municipalities” in the Act to only “County” which totally guts the Working Animal Protection Act (ACT 1091), leaving our members in Arkansas who utilize working animals in their lawful businesses to be subject to bans ONCE AGAIN in cities and other local political subdivisions across the state of Arkansas!
This law is NOT about “home rule.” It’s about stopping animal rights extremists with their money and pressure to push and influence local governments!
Secondly, while the Working Animal Protection Act was not originally written to protect pet stores, it became instrumental in a recent Fayetteville lawsuit that took place to overturn a Fayetteville pet sale ban. Needless to say, The Cavalry Group was very pleased by this outcome.
But now, Best Friends Animal Society and other animal rights organizations are apparently collaborating with Sportsmen's Alliance to add specific language to prohibit "the sale of dogs and cats" to Arkansas SB339 while claiming it "strengthens the Working Animal Protection Act 1091."
Does Sportsmen’s Alliance not understand the slippery slope that SB339 makes for those who breed hunting dogs? Do they not realize that every dog breeder is considered a "puppy mill" in the eyes of the animal rights extremists?
We are asking for your help to STOP Arkansas SB339! It is scheduled to be heard tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development.
Leave the Working Animal Protection Act 1091 alone! VOTE NO on SB339!
Please call and email each member of the Senate Committee to respectfully ask that they vote NO on SB339.
You can click the campaign link below to send your emails directly to the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development Committee.
Please also make phone calls to Members of the Committee. You may also email them directly. Emails and phone numbers are provided below:
Arkansas Senate Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee:
Chairman: Ronald Caldwell
Vice Chair: Matt Stone
Senator Breanne Davis
Senator Tyler Dees
Senator Ben Gilmore
Senator Greg Leding
Senator Frederick J. Love
Senator David Wallace