Dogs chained up in the recent cold should tell Texans all they need to know about the need to reform tethering laws. It is time to put dog abusers behind bars!
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SIGN OUR PETITION: Tell Texas Legislators NOT to Eliminate Important Animal Protections!
The Texas legislature is preparing to gut the state program that prevents unregulated puppy mills. Since 2011, the Texas Dog & Cat Breeder Act has given the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) the right to regulate the conditions in large-scale animal breeding facilities. Without this Act, unregulated, large scale breeding facilities could likely become inhumane puppy mills producing dogs for profit in the cruelest conditions.
In 2011, THLN helped pass the Texas Dog & Cat Breeder Act to regulate the conditions in large-scale dog and cat breeding facilities. The law, the first of its kind in Texas, has prevented inhumane puppy mills with requirements and inspections of these facilities.
By law, Texas requires a "Sunset Review" of each state agency every 12 years to determine whether that agency should continue to exist. The state agency that oversees this Program, TDLR is currently under its “Sunset Review” and must be reauthorized by the Texas Legislature during the 2021 Session. Last month, the preliminary Sunset Review report recommended that this Program is eliminated.
How YOU Can Make a Difference!
We must remind Texas legislators of the importance of this Program.
Elimination of the Program means zero regulations for those profiting off puppies. The absence of even the most basic minimum care standards will lead to horrific puppy mills, causing thousands of dogs and cats will suffer a lifetime of neglect.
THLN’s goals are first to protect this incredibly important Program and then fix the existing loopholes to strengthen it.
NOW is the time for action. Please help us change the fate of thousands of animals in commercial breeding facilities by signing and sharing our Petition today. When you sign our Petition, your state representative and state senator will know you support the regulation of large-scale animal breeding facilities.
To ensure the Petition’s validity and efficiency, please include your full address so we can notify your state senator and representative of your support.
Texas residents only.
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I just got off the phone with the Bill King for Houston (Mayor) campaign. I had the good fortune of speaking with Sonya (a big-time animal rights activist) and raised the issue of helping to prepare a position paper (a one-pager) that lays out Bill’s views.
Based on what I have read, Bill seems very much in alignment with the reforms being advocated for by animal rights activists across Texas. Concerned activists simply need to let Houston voters know about Bill’s views relative to other Mayoral candidates.
Does THLN have any model legislation available with supporting documents that may be used – by whatever candidates – to state their positions clearly regarding animal rights?
Thank you for all you do!
Jeff Harper 512.999.2791
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THLN's purpose is to pass effective legislation for the animals in the Texas Legislature. We do not have the resources to deal directly with animal cruelty or adoption issues, but we can recommend several fine organizations who do.
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