Minnesota to Set Labrador Retriever as State Official Dog Breed
A bipartisan bill named “Raven’s bill” has gained bipartisan traction among Minnesota’s lawmakers. This bill is to set Labrador retriever as the official state dog breed of Minnesota. Lawmakers unveiled the bill in late January at the Capitol. Raven is the name of “Minnesota Bound” host Ron Schara’s beloved pooch.
This move is done for three purposes: to narrow down partisan gap, to get young people interested in legislation process and to increase public awareness on the contribution of service animals. As we all know, bills involving adorable pets often easily win people’s attention and good temper.
“We live in a hyperpartisan world right now and politics are pretty brutal,” explained a lawmaker, “so there’s a lot reasons for this bill, but the biggest reason is to develop relationships here at the Capitol. What better way to develop relationships than to have something positive.”
Another motivation is to get youngsters more interested in and familiar with the process of legislation with such an adorable topic. The proposal’s progress is present on the website(mnstatedog.org) and Twitter and Facebook accounts.
“It gives kids a chance to follow a bill and learn more about the legislative process with a bill that’s not so serious,” Rep. Kurt Daudt, the House minority leader said.
Besides, to choose the breed of Labrador retrievers is to raise the public awareness on service animals. This bill is a good way to make known what a big difference service animals are making for people with various disabilities and inconveniences.
Minnesota, however, is not the first state to set an official dog breed(already 13 states have official dog breeds). Early as in 1964, Maryland chose Chesapeake Bay retriever as its state dog breed.
Is your homeland one of the 13 states? If not, which dog breed would you prefer to be that of your state?