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The Licensed Breeders program has acted as a crucial safeguard against cruelty for dogs and cats in commercial breeding facilities across Texas and has successfully stopped the cycle of cruelty before it starts in many instances. However, the Sunset Commission staff have recommended abolishing the Licensed Breeders Program, which will assuredly cause a resurgence of cruel puppy mill practices in Texas. Please use the form below to submit a pre-written letter asking Sunset Commissioners to preserve and improve this important program!

Letter Being Sent on Your Behalf

Dear Representative,

I am a resident in your district and I am writing to express my opposition to the current Sunset Commission staff recommendation to abolish the Licensed Breeders Program which will assuredly cause a resurgence of cruel puppy mill practices in Texas.

The Licensed Breeders program has acted as a crucial safeguard against cruelty for dogs and cats across Texas and has successfully stopped the cycle of cruelty before it starts in many instances. Contrary to what opponents said at the time of its creation in 2011, the Program has required zero new state employees and has not hurt the commercial breeding industry. I am asking you to use your voice to keep the Licensed Breeders Program in place and advocate for two key changes that would close loopholes and strengthen the effectiveness of the program even further:

  1. Remove the requirement of selling over 20 puppies or kittens to be considered a “breeder.” Many breeders operate with unrecorded and untraceable cash transactions, making this number meaningless, and allows many bad actors to sidestep oversight; and
  2. Lower the current threshold for licensure from eleven breeding females to five. This threshold is higher than any other state and has allowed large-scale breeders to masquerade as small “mom and pop” breeding operations.

 

Please use your voice and your vote to protect the voiceless. Texas animals do not deserve to be abused in commercial breeding facilities, especially when the legislature has acknowledged the need for oversight and regulation by creating the program in the first place. When the Sunset Commission considers the Licensed Breeders Program, please advocate to maintain the program and improve it with the two above changes.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Your Name


Why Keep This Program?

Although the program is under threat, we can actually use this opportunity to IMPROVE it!

Your pre-written letter will also ask for two key changes that will close MAJOR loopholes in this program and capture many bad breeders who use them today to sidestep regulation

  1. Remove the requirement of selling over 20 puppies or kittens to be considered a “breeder.” Many breeders operate with unrecorded and untraceable cash transactions, making this number meaningless, and allows many bad actors to sidestep oversight; and
  2. Lower the current threshold for licensure from eleven breeding females to five. This threshold is higher than any other state and has allowed large-scale breeders to masquerade as small “mom and pop” breeding operations.

 

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