Joaquin Phoenix Fights for New Dog Law in California

Dogs in California have a new hero, Joaquin Pheonix. This article was recently published on SFGate.com. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is spearheading a new campaign to...

Joy  |  Jun 28th 2006


Joaquin Phoenix by Kevork Djansezian

Dogs in California have a new hero, Joaquin Pheonix. This article was recently published on SFGate.com.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix is spearheading a new campaign to ban the chaining of dogs in California.

The star has teamed up with animal rights group People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals and penned letters to every top California politician, asking them to support a new bill, which would make attaching chains to dogs a state offense.

In his heartfelt letter, Phoenix points out, not only does chaining lead to lonely suffering for dogs, it also presents a very real danger to people, especially children who wander into the area where dogs are kept chained.

He writes, “Life at the end of a chain is miserable. Senate Bill 1578 would give animal control officers a much-needed tool to help protect our canine companions from long-term neglect and our communities from dog attacks, a problem that has engendered increasing public concern in recent years.”

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