I know we're all swamped now with all the anti-pet legislation being introduced in the Texas legislature. But I think this is important too - there is a web site (many of you are already familiar with them) called "DogsBite.org
" that is - shall I say rabidly?<g> - in favor of
breed specific legislation that would ultimately ban all Pit Bulls as well as possibly all Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds... and any dog who looks like it "might be" one of those breeds, or a mix thereof.
Apparently - even though they are obviously actively involved in lobbying for breed discrimination legislation - they are applying for tax exempt status. There is more info about this at http://wallacethepi tbull.ning. com/forum/ topics/dogsbiteo rg-trying- to-get-tax
It only takes a couple of minutes to write a letter to the IRS to protest this. The address and a sample letter are there on the Wallace site.
Here is what I wrote:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 12192
Covington, KY 41012-0192
To Whom It May Concern:
An organization called "Dogsbite.org” is seeking tax exempt status. The URL for their web site is http://www.dogsbite .org
From their own web site, they state that "DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks by creating common sense laws."
I am respectfully requesting that you deny “DogsBite.org” tax exempt status on the grounds that they are actually a political lobbying group rather than a charitable organization.
They publicize themselves as a group that is "dedicated to" creating laws. This should disqualify them for nonprofit status.
Feel free to forward this, and feel free to use the sample letter I wrote - you might just change a few words so it sounds more original. As we all know, letters DO count!!