This is important to all of us who love a Pit Bull!
The North Carolina General Assembly is currently considering a proposal to transfer oversight of the state’s Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from the state’s Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety. North Carolina is not the first state to consider this, and it’s not a good idea. It is potentially dangerous to the well-being of animals, expensive to the state, and has failed when tried elsewhere.
In North Carolina, an act of animal cruelty is a felony. Upon receiving such allegations, law enforcement gets involved to hold the person accountable for violating a state law, and this is appropriate. However, law enforcement should not be burdened, nor is it appropriate, to ask them to develop animal welfare policy and oversee its administration and regulation, just as is it not appropriate to ask the Department of Agriculture to enforce the state’s criminal laws. Each…
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