May 24, 2017
Texas Bill #762
Bill sought to increase penalty for torturing, killing pets to a third-degree felony. Republican’s amendment limits animal cruelty to a state jail felony. Voting to add an abortion-related amendment Tuesday, the Texas House pulled the teeth from a bill intended to enhance criminal penalties for torturing and killing pets.Senate Bill 762 sought to raise the penalty to a third-degree felony, which has a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, for the worst types of animal abuse.
Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, was outraged by the attempt to increase the punishment, saying abortion regulations recently approved by the House would make it only a state jail felony, with up to two years in jail, for abortion doctors who perform a “partial-birth” or a “dismemberment” abortion. Tinderholt’s amendment proposed limiting animal cruelty to a state jail felony.
“I cannot, will not and shall not allow the Texas House to place a higher value to a pet over the life of a human being,” said Tinderholt, who earlier this session filed a bill to outlaw abortion that was not acted upon. Voting largely along party lines, the House adopted Tinderholt’s amendment 83-60, with about 10 Republicans voting against it. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/texas-house-abortion-related-amendment-guts-animal-cruelty-bill/98LmwccAZKMt9dquGXhH2L/