The Working Animal Protection Act passed the Arkansas legislature and was signed into law in 2021 becoming statute, ACT 1091.
Today, Arkansas SB339 threatens to completely neuter the Working Animal Protection Act!
If passed, SB339 would change “municipality” and “municipalities” in the Act to “County” which totally neuters 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?