Our Victories

Dangerous Wild Animals

In 2001, THLN was instrumental in passing HB 1362 which requires owners of dangerous wild exotic animals (such as lions, tigers, leopards, bears, great apes, etc.) to register those animals with their local animal control authority and provide those animals with housing and care in accordance with minimum standards set forth in the bil...

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Dog Fighting

THLN was instrumental in getting dog fighting outlawed in the state as well as later strengthening the statute to increase penalties for various offenses.

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Horse Slaughter

Since 1949, Texas law has prohibited the sale, possession and transportation of horse meat for human consumption, yet for decades this law was ignored as two foreign-owned plants slaughtered thousands of Texas horses annually for horse meat consumption overseas.  The plants operated in Fort Worth (Beltex) and Kaufman (Dallas Crown).  A...

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Horse Tripping

Horse tripping is the horrific practice of roping the front or hind legs of a full-on galloping horse and causing it to trip and come crashing to the ground, all for the purposes of entertainment or sport (www.ahdf.org).  THLN successfully advocated for the addition of an amendment to the state Animal Cruelty Statute which effectively ...

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Pet Evacuation Bill

The Pet Evacuation Bill (HB 88, passed in 2007) requires that all companion and service animals be included in evacuation plans in the event of a natural disaster.  Previously, evacuees had to either abandon their pets or leave them at local emergency shelters during natural disasters.

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Puppy Mill Regulation

In 2011, THLN was instrumental in passing HB 1451 which licenses and regulates large scale commercial dog and cat breeders (those having 11 or more intact females and selling 20 or more puppies or kittens per year).  HB 1451 provides basic protections for tens of thousands of dogs and cats confined and raised in large scale breeding fa...

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Roadside Sale of Live Animals

THLN's work on this bill (SB 254, passed in 2007) helped tighten up regulations governing roadside sales of live animals.  Prior to 2007, commissioners' courts in counties with a population of 2.2 million or more were authorized to regulate the sale of animals on a public highway or road, in the right-of-way of a public highway or road...

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Use of the Gas Chamber as a Method of...

THLN BILL: SB 360 - Relating to methods used by an animal shelter to euthanize a dog or cat ("The Gassing Bill"). This bill prohibited the use of the gas chamber as a method of euthanasia in shelters, requiring euthanasia by injection on shelter dogs and cats. THIS BILL PASSED BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND WAS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR ON...

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