October 2023 | Action Alert
THLN advocates like YOU were the driving force behind successful Texas Licensed Breeders Program reforms. Recently, SB 876 lowered the number of breeding females from 11 to five and removed the sales threshold, which had previously enabled breeders to skirt the law through cash sales. As a result of our efforts, many more breeders will be subject to regulation, which ultimately helps prevent animal cruelty in large-scale breeding facilities and establish basic standards of care.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is working through the rules process to implement SB 876 as passed by the Legislature and accepting public comments.
AKC is lobbying TDLR to make changes to help certain breeders skirt the law. We do not want lawmakers’ hard work and the work of thousands of advocates across the state to be diminished by AKC. They fought every step of the process in passing this law and are now working to erode the will of the Legislature by undermining the Program through the rule process.
Between now and October 23, 2023, we need YOU to support these proposed rules that mirror the Legislature’s changes and ask TDLR to make no further changes.
This is only the first round of the rule-making process, and we will need YOU again in 2024. Together, we can prevent unscrupulous breeders from introducing possible loopholes during the current implementation period.
Summary of Proposed Rule Changes
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes changes to the rules at 16 TAC, Chapter 91, Dog or Cat Breeders Program.
What are the proposed rule changes?
The proposed rules:
When and where can I view the proposed rule changes?
The proposed rule changes will be published in the September 22, 2023, issue of the Texas Register.
How to submit a comment regarding the proposed rule changes?
Comments on the proposed rule changes may be submitted online. The Department will accept comments on the proposed rule changes until October 23, 2023.
See below for sample language to use. Note: When selecting a TDLR program/chapter, scroll and select the Licensed Breeders option.
Please use the following bullet points: