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Posted by Samcin on January 23, 2003 at 11:21:26:
This was in the ASPCA newletter:
HELP US STOP INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST DOGS!
Many homeowners are faced with the hardship of choosing between
keeping a beloved family dog and obtaining homeowners'
insurance--simply because their dog is on a list of breeds that the
insurance company has excepted from its policies.
In California, the ASPCA is sponsoring legislation to prohibit such
discrimination. "The insurance companies do have alternatives," says
Jill Buckley of the ASPCA's Western Government Affairs & Public Policy
office. "Dogs who are socialized, obedience-trained, spayed or
neutered, and are owned by responsible people are not likely to be
involved in a bite incident. Insurance companies should evaluate the
dog's temperament by utilizing tests such as the Canine Good Citizen
Test administered by the American Kennel Club."
But insurance companies aren't just discriminating against West Coast
canines--this is a national problem. ASPCA News Alert readers, if you
have had difficulty in obtaining insurance based solely upon the breed
of the dog you own--or if you know someone who has--we urge you to
contact us and tell us your story. Please write to Jill Buckley, ASPCA
Government Affairs and Public Policy Department, PO Box 48, Pismo
Beach, CA 93448 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org