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August 15, 2017

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Our members are the greatest! Read below and please help A&M obtain their grant to save our dogs from Chagas!
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This is what Rachel needs by tomorrow Wednesday 16 August. A letter of support for their endeavor to obtain a grant to continue their work on Chagas. These letters will be included with their submission package.

The letters should be addressed to: AKC Canine Health Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 900061
Raleigh, NC 26676-9061

Attach your letter to an email and send to Rachel at: RCurtis@cvm.tamu.edu

Just a couple of suggested bullet points

“It has come to our attention that a research team from the Hamer Lab is studying Chagas disease in Texas and will be applying to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Inc. for a research grant to study the ecology and epidemiology of the disease.”

“We live in an area were Chagas is prevalent and know individuals that have lost dogs or pups to the disease.”

Or if it is personal that you’ve lost a dog/pup mention it that sense…

“We are encouraged that the Hamer Lab team has an opportunity to receive a grant and fully support their request.”

“Chagas continues to spread and affect humans as well as canines and the potential benefit of this research could lead to advances for humans as well.”

The more support from the AKC dog owner community, hopefully the better.

Kind regards,
Patte Titus
CheckSix Shorthairs

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> On Aug 15, 2017, at 9:51 AM, ‘RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS ALLIANCE’ rpoa@texas.net [TX_RPOA_E-News]
>TX-RPOA E-News
> From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
> Texas Outreach
> August 15, 2017

> Our apologies for the lack of information in this E-News edition. If you want to support this effort at A&M, the deadline is tomorrow and you’ll have to check with A&M for contact information for Rachel Curtis-Robles, PhD to obtain more information. RPOA just received this notice (which had no attachment) and we were asked to send it out to Texas dog owners/breeders receiving our E-News. Chagas is a very serious problem for Texas dogs.
> …………………………………………………………
> Please share, especially with your TX networks.
> Dear dog owner/breeder,
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> We are a research team at Texas A&M University studying Chagas disease in dogs across Texas. You may recall in 2013 we solicited letters of support for an AKC Canine Health Foundation grant proposal. We were very grateful that many dog owners and breeders across the state were generous enough to write letters of support at that time. Although the grant proposal reviews were favorable, we were not among the proposals selected for funding that year. In intervening years, the calls for grant proposals were focused on other topics, and we were not able to re-apply. This year, however, there is an opportunity for us to apply again with a focus on studying Chagas disease. Since 2013, we have worked quite diligently with many kennel owners across the state, and we believe that the data we have collected from 2013-2017 will allow us a strengthened application this time!
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> The grant reviewers also place great importance on hearing from the AKC community about the desire and need to support specific research proposals. Therefore, we are again seeking letters of support from the Texas AKC owner/breeder community. I have attached a memo outlining relevant information. We are on a bit of a tight deadline, with need for letters by Wednesday, August 16. If you would like to write a letter of support, but need a template or other assistance, please let me know, and I will be happy to help.
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> Please also feel free to forward this email to any other AKC owners/breeders. We will be happy to assemble as many letters as possible from a wide variety of breeds and areas to help convince AKC that Chagas disease is an important threat to canine health that needs more research.
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> Thank you so much for considering writing a letter of support. We look forward to hearing from you. If we are funded this year, we look forward to working with you as part of a state-wide (or nation-wide!) project!
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> Thank you very much,
> Rachel Curtis-Robles, PhD
> Hamer Lab
> Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences College of Veterinary
> Medicine Texas A&M University A&M to study Chagas College Station, TX
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August 13, 2017

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights
PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR PERSONAL LEGISLATORS!

https://www.humanewatch.org/anti-zoo-hsus-exec-infiltrates-zoo-community/
It’s a small world! Nicole Paquette is referred to in this article by
Humane Watch as being a Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) vice-president
now. Paquette served as the HSUS state representative in Texas preceding
Katie Jarl, the current HSUS Texas representative. Obviously Paquette was a
good HSUS soldier and moved on up! We remember her well at Texas
Legislative Sessions of the past! Texas seems to draw the “cream of the
HSUS crop.”

We witness their HSUS handiwork every day through Texas Humane Legislation
Network (THLN), the Texas arm of HSUS, in the halls of our cities, counties
and state governments. Former San Antonio Animal Care Services director,
Kathy Davis, is listed on THLN’s website as a THLN board of directors
member. Who knew? What a web HSUS weaves across Texas with new onerous
city animal ordinances being proposed every day under the guise of reducing
loose animals on the streets! Well, just pick ’em up and that’s that!

More PETA insanity at this link … HSUS is simply PETA in a suit and tie:
http://tinyurl.com/yczt984f
PETA says eating cheese is sexist, cows on farms are raped on “rape racks.”

AUGUST 3, 2017

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The 85th Session of the Texas Legislature recently adjourned and RPOA’s
lengthy Final Report and Analysis (45 animal related bills) is on our
website at:
http://tinyurl.com/yc7ovwky .

There were many lessons learned and this 11 page document provides the basis
for our future strategy. Obviously the Animal Rights Brigade camped out at
the Capitol the entire session and it identifies legislators who are
supporting their anti-pet legislation; who is attending committee hearings;
and more. Our first lesson learned is to educate legislators on who these
extremists are and the sooner the better – before they sponsor their
anti-pet bills again. Legislators do not know what “animal rights” really
means! We can’t camp out at the Capitol as we have a real life. But we can
vote!

Other Lessons Learned:
1) The Texas “Animal Rights Brigade” works 24/7/365 for their radical
agenda to end all use, breeding, sales, and “ownership” of animals for any
reason, including pet ownership. If a bill fails, they are back at work for
the next session: endorsing candidates in exchange for sponsoring bills,
lobbying legislators in their home districts, etc. This will never change.

2) ASPCA, PETA, Humane Society of U.S. (HSUS), the HSUS Texas arm “Texas
Humane Legislation Network (THLN)” and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) are
writing our Texas animal laws – not our legislators. ALDF is a national
“animal rights” organization seeking “personhood” for animals in our court
system, which is very active in Texas, and has ensnared many THLN members
and members of the Texas State Bar Animal Section. Most universities have a
“Student Animal Legal Defense Fund” chapter to indoctrinate young minds.
HSUS is definitely alive and well in Texas!

3) The extremists are liars as the media and legislators are misled each
session regarding bill content. They claim there is “no” law addressing a
certain issue, which is always a lie. Their bills always have a sappy title
to fool everyone as to their real intent and every word must be dissected
for a devious meaning.

4) The extremists are bullies full of hatred, who will follow up with
harassment to enforce their legislative agenda — as with the Texas Dog/Cat
Breeder Law with the $1,000 Breeder Bounty, anonymous complaints, 3rd party
inspectors allowed, etc.

Tom Regan (The Philosophy of Animal Rights, Culture and Animals Foundation)
sums it up as: “It is not larger, cleaner cages that justice demands …
But empty cages. In a perfect world, we would not keep animals for our
benefit, including pets.”

If we are to own pets in the future, we’ll have to fight for that freedom.
And that’s the way RPOA sees it. But it all depends on you!
Email rpoa@texas.net if you wish to receive a PDF copy of this report to
distribute personally.

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July 29, 2017

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights

Thanks to one of our subscribers (who shall remain anonymous) for this update below!

**NEWS RELEASE – PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST RESCINDED**

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Sheriff Benedict issued a press release advising folks of a public records request which would have required the potential dissemination of personal information for all those that had obtained dog licenses. Since that time, the person requesting this information has sent the Sheriff’s Office a formal communication to withdraw that request. Sheriff Benedict is honoring the request, thereby preserving the personal information of many citizens and saving taxpayers many dollars in costs.

However, the Sheriff still intends to work with our legislative members and the State of Washington to improve the open ended language contained in the Public Record Release laws of Washington State. While well intended to maximize transparency that ensures government accountability, our public records law has the potential of abuse from some with no other intent than to stall government efficiency and expose personal information of citizens.

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I commend the sheriff for the way he prepared to handle this. That may well have had something to do with Chamberlin’s decision to not bother going forward. It’s good to know there is an elected public official somewhere with respect for citizens’ privacy. May his tribe increase.
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July 28, 2017

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http://tinyurl.com/y73oqohq
OR
https://www.facebook.com/clallamcountysheriff/posts/1667189046625619

This is alarming news, especially if you go to the link below on Adam
Chamberlin, the person who filed the request. What is his intent? Just
google him!
With so many permits for animal ownership being pushed by radical “Animal
Rights” extremists now, including the Texas Dog and Cat Breeder Law, what
does this signify for the future of pet ownership with those extremists, who
have shut down the circus and are working on the same for Sea World, our
zoos, and even dog and cat shows?

*NEWS RELEASE FROM SHERIFF BENEDICT**
**PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST FOR ANIMAL LICENSES** Recently the Clallam County
Sheriff’s Office received a Public Records Act
(PRA- RCW 42.56) request from Port Angeles resident Adam Chamberlin as
follows:
—-Please provide me with a CD containing all of the licensed pets in
Clallam County, including license numbers, owner information, and all other
pertinent information. Please provide me an invoice for the compilation of
these records and I will pay upon pickup.— At present, I (Sheriff
Benedict) intend to release the records requested absent a court order
directing the information be redacted in whole or in part on August 25th. It
is my belief that these records should not be released, however, the PRA, as
interpreted by me, leaves me no choice.
There are 2,222 Clallam County residents who have current pet licenses that
were purchased through the sheriff’s office or the Olympic Peninsula Humane
Society (OPHS). In addition to this press release, I am sending letters to
each pet owner explaining that these records will be released after third
party disclosures and absent action from Superior Court. Anyone in this
group objecting to release of this information has the option of petitioning
Clallam County Superior Court and explaining why they object to the release
of this information (in accordance with the PRA, specifically RCW
42.56.540). We expect to have all of the letters to the licensed pet owners
out by August 4th; the deadline to petition superior court would be ten days
later. We recommend seeking legal assistance/counsel to file a petition with
the court.
I regret that the well-intended Public Records Act in Washington State has
morphed into its present state. In addition to being a major administrative
burden through frivolous requests, Washington citizens are learning that
most personal information they provide to state and local governments to
enhance public safety, or to comply with regulations, can be released to
anyone and for any purpose thereby invading their right to privacy as well
as potentially compromising their own safety.
Until this matter is fully settled, I have suspended our pet licensing
program and will consult with both the county commissioners and legal
representatives to chart a way forward.

FROM GOOGLE: ADAM CHAMBERLIN PORT ANGELES WASHINGTON:
http://tinyurl.com/yd3afwmw
OR
<http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/port-angeles-man-pleads-not-guilty-
to-posting-others-sexual-photos-online/

July 26, 2017

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A “Heads Up” Link below from our friends with The Cat Fanciers’ Association Legislative Group!
Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/y7jwvygl
OR
http://www.kristv.com/story/35935857/proposed-ordinance-would-require-microchips-for-all-pets

Corpus Christi, Texas, is pondering microchipping pets in lieu of city licensing. This is simply another “feel good” ordinance passed that cannot be enforced
and does nothing to address loose dogs and cats on city streets. In years past, RPOA conducted low cost Microchip Clinics in San Antonio with the cooperation of some local veterinarians. However this decision should be made by the pet owner — not by government mandate as there is a liability, especially regarding tiny dogs. Microchips migrate and are sometimes missed when animals are scanned by shelter workers. Animal owners don’t always update their registration information when moving or pet ownership changes, so it’s not a perfect system. It is also expensive and discriminatory toward low income pet owners. Cities seem to want to do everything but pick up loose animals on the streets.

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June 22, 2017

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City of Kermit, Texas, tables breed ban: http://tinyurl.com/y9olonn3
Thanks to all of you who keep RPOA informed regarding Texas anti-pet
issues. Upon receiving this article, RPOA sent a letter to the Kermit City
Secretary informing her that Breed Specific Legislation is illegal in Texas.
The mayor, council and city manager had no email addresses on the city’s
website.

REPLY From the City of KERMIT:
*Good Morning,
We are aware and Thank you for your input. It was only a discussion and
nothing was approved. Revisions will be made and brought up for discussion
on July 20, 2017.*

Thank You, Diana Franco
City Secretary
City of Kermit
Office 432-586-3460
Fax 432-586-2220
city.sec@cityofkermit.net

However this proposal in Kermit still bears monitoring.
RPOA also informed the city that mandating “pet insurance for all dog
owners” is ridiculous — as is the $25 Pet Permit, and the requirement for
wearing a muzzle on all breeds. $300,000 liability insurance plans? This
would discriminate against low income pet owners if it is even available.
A “Leash” required for all dogs off their own premises would be more
effective and cost effective — as would enforcing Leash Laws! All pets
should be confined to their owner’s property. Is that in your existing
animal ordinance? Dog owners are already legally responsible for their
dogs’ behavior and any expenses incurred.

Your city is being hysterical. All Terriers, as a group, usually do not
like other dogs of the same sex … but love people.
Because of the popularity of these dogs, obviously they would be identified
as having the most bites in 2016.
Our organization, Responsible Pet Owners Alliance, has administered a
statewide Pet Education, Assistance & Rescue Program for 26 years and we
have extensive animal expertise. We urge you to take a reasonable effective
approach to your problem — not hysteria.
Sincerely,
Mary Beth Duerler
Executive Director
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
900 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78209

June 21, 2017

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Head’s Up in Texas cities! More anti-pet regulations are coming.
Texas cities are finding out the hard way that mandatory pet spay/neuter
laws and mandatory microchips have not made a dent in the number of loose
roaming dogs in low income areas of their cities. Somehow it never occurs
to them to enforce their Leash Laws!

SAN ANTONIO: Animal Care Services (ACS) said the roaming animal population
isn’t going down despite changes made to their ordinance six years ago. It
was actually 10 years ago. ACS officials have said they won’t have a
proposal to City Council until Summer — which is upon us now.

DALLAS: City of Dallas hired the Boston Consulting Group to produce a
report that estimated there were 8,700 loose dogs in the area. Media
reports Antoinette Brown, 52, was mauled to death by six dogs in May. The
consultant’s report said dog bites in the city had increased 15% a year
since 2013.

SAN ANGELO: Unhappy with local Animal Shelter
TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/ya6vfnes
SECOND SAN ANGELO ARTICLE:
TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/y6w55edk

PETA JOINS FORCES WITH GROUP WORKING TO KILL ALL PIT BULLS NATIONWIDE:
FROM NATHAN WINOGRAD: TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/y7lhp4lw

 

June 14, 2017

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Before he became governor, Greg Abbott was asked to replant trees on his
Austin property – a regulation he has set out to axe during the upcoming
special session of the Texas Legislature. More:
http://tinyurl.com/y8xhw9ch

The “Bestiality Bill” SB 1232 was signed Monday by Gov. Abbott and has
become another “tool” in the “animal rights toolbox” for harassment. The
Witness List testifying “FOR” SB 1232 at the Senate Criminal Justice
Committee Hearing is: Katie Jarl (Texas State Director for Humane Society
of U.S. – HSUS), Laura Donahue (Executive Director of Texas Humane
Legislative Network – THLN), Sheriff’s Association of Texas members from
Hallettsville, Rockport, Galveston and Gresback, TX. A couple of DA’s from
Houston County and Montgomery County. A criminologist from Snohomish, WA.
As we keep saying, HSUS is writing our Texas animal laws which they intend
to enforce themselves. Just like the misnamed “Puppy Mill” Law which has a
$1,000 Breeder Bounty, 3rd Party Contracts allowed for enforcement, and much
more.

In spite of our request to delete “touching – through clothing,” the bill
was signed by the governor, even though it would have been just as strong
without those words. What about dogs sitting in your lap, groomers, bathing
dogs, expressing anal glands and many other procedures by responsible pet
owners? Veterinarians and the Farm Bureau (under animal
husbandry/livestock) got themselves out of it — declared as “exceptions” in
the bill. Unfortunately pet owners are left with no such protections. AKC
show judges are especially vulnerable as male dogs must be intact for
Conformation Shows; which is confirmed by the judges “touching genitals.”
Dog shows, field trials, hunting, herding tests and competition have been a
special target for “animal rights” extremists for years. Not “puppy mills”
as they claim, but AKC and UKC breeders and exhibitors who are organized
nationwide through dog clubs. Texas has 300 AKC clubs alone, plus UKC
clubs.

Legislators were hesitant to vote against this bill and face the wrath of
the “animal rights” fanatics at election time. We must become proactive —
stop these bills from being filed in the first place by unsuspecting
legislators instead of always being on the defensive. Most legislators
don’t realize the consequences of sponsoring these HSUS bills. Every word
in HSUS bills is cleverly crafted there for a reason!

June 12, 2017

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Governor Greg Abbott has called a 30 day Special Session of the Texas
Legislature to begin July 18th. The initial Call will be for continuation of
the Texas Medical Board and sunset legislation to keep several other state
agencies alive. After that bill passes, there are 19 additional items added
to the call.

Speaker Joe Straus “sat on” a number of priority bills from the Senate (Lt.
Governor Dan Patrick) during the very contentious regular legislative
session.
This resulted in the call for a Special Session and the governor says they
can pass a bill a day as most of the bills had passed the Senate, but
stalled in the House. As to animal related bills, we have no idea what this
session could mean to Texas animal owners and remain vigilant.

June 18th is the deadline for Governor Abbott to either sign, veto or let
bills pass without his signature, so there are no guarantees yet on bills
passed in regular session. Anything can happen! RPOA is deep into
analyzing the fate of almost 50 animal related bills filed this session —
plus even more if wild hogs and deer are counted!

We’ll have our Final Report on the 85th Texas Legislative Session posted to
our website shortly after June 18th and will keep you informed.
It has been an overwhelming session and a snapshot of what the future holds
for Texas animal owners! Humane Society of the U.S. is writing most of our
Texas animal laws as in other states. So “educating” our personal
representatives in Austin on the “Animal Rights Agenda” is our #1 Priority
before upcoming sessions. Most legislators are not aware of their radical
agenda, but we did make significant progress this session

June 5, 2017

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On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III denied the Animal Legal
Defense Fund’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have forced
the USDA to make documents previously removed from several animal-welfare
government databases available for public inspection.
http://cavalrygroupnewswire.com/2017/06/02/1252/

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a branch of the USDA, says
it temporarily removed the data “as a precautionary measure” to protect
individuals’ privacy. It claims that between 2012 and 2016, it has grown
increasingly concerned about some of the information it was publicly
posting, like names and addresses of certain businesses, some of which have
been subjected to harassment and death threats after publication of
eventually discredited accounts of animal abuse.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and three other groups sued the USDA in
February, claiming its Feb. 3 decision to abruptly pull the data offline has
obstructed their missions to fight animal cruelty and monitor government
enforcement. It says that despite the department’s reposting of many annual
inspection reports, many documents that were previously available still
aren’t, and the lack of up-to-date information could affect their membership
and donor goodwill.
(RPOA: Animal Legal Defense Fund is a national “animal rights” organization
with numerous Texas attorneys as members! We meet them at the state
legislature every session! They seek to change the legal status of animals
as “property” — where we can protect them — to “personhood” which
prohibits all use, breeding, sales and even “ownership!”)

 

June 1, 2017

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Subject: LARA TRUMP’S CONTROVERSIAL PET ISSUE
Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/y8cf7e6y
Thanks to multiple Pet Law Lists!
Please forward this TX RPOA E-News message
to your elected state representative & senator!

It’s a small world! Two bills relating to “adoption of cats and dogs previously used for research” died in committees during our Texas Legislative Session just ended. HB 2490 by Minjarez and SB 1930 by West/Farrar. RPOA wondered “what the heck?” Why were these bills filed (or needed) since RPOA and our Beagle Rescue met at the San Antonio Airport many years ago to accept a shipment of Beagles from an aborted medical research project? Why is legislation being proposed? (Incidentally, those dogs had the most wonderful temperament and most extensive medical records imaginable! They would have made ideal pets for any family and found new homes easily.)

SB 1930 never got out of the starting gate, but HB 2490 had a committee hearing which listed “supporting witnesses” as: Katie Jarl (Humane Society of the U.S.), Martin Palmer (Beagle Freedom Project – note the Politico article at the link above), Myra Leo (Texas Humane Legislation Network), Susan Ross (Best Friends Animal Society) and 8 other names. “Opposition Witnesses” were only two names: Elizabeth Choate (Texas Veterinary Medical Association), Lorraine Hayden (Texas Society for Biomedical Research). That told us all we needed to know! HSUS is writing our Texas animal laws!

In the current “Animal Political Climate,” every word of proposed legislation must be analyzed under a microscope. With almost 50 animal related bills filed this Session, we had to use “priorities” for our bills of most concern. This wasn’t one of our chosen 13 bad bills. RPOA had one lobbyist and the Animal Rights Brigade had at least a dozen or so lobbyists this session.
Read below about Lara Trump below, who really needs to be “educated” about animal issues and the players. As do your elected representatives!

POLITICO ARTICLE FROM PET LAW LISTS:
President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law has taken up a pet issue — beagle adoption — that reflects her lifelong interest in animal welfare. One of Lara Trump’s partners, however, is a little problematic. Eric Trump’s wife has publicly aligned with a controversial animal rights group, the Beagle Freedom Project, whose leadership includes a felon who served a six-year sentence in federal prison for harassing and stalking researchers.

“It’s very easy for the issue to be manipulated, for lawmakers to be manipulated to support something that they wouldn’t normally support if they didn’t have all the facts,” said Patti Strand, president of the National Animal Interest Alliance, an industry and academic-funded group that has frequently battled with the Beagle Freedom Project. Strand said she planned to invite Lara Trump to her group’s October conference in Washington.

May 31, 2017

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(SORRY, LONG!)

The HSUS/Texas Humane Legislation Network “Tethering Bill” was the last bill
heard in the Senate this Session and time ran out! The gavel has fallen on
the 85th Session! The dust is settling, but we have so much “dirt” that it
won’t all fit in one e-mail.
The only bad bill that slipped through was the “Bestiality Bill” (HB 1087
and SB 1232), which criminalizes any “touching of animal genitals.” We
asked that “touching” be deleted (which still leaves key enforcement
provisions) to no avail! Dog show judges, grooming shops and dog owners who
squeeze anal glands on their dogs beware! Or even bathing animals. A PETA
person may be watching or taking your picture at a dog show or grooming
shop! Our only hope is to get Governor Abbott to veto this bill. (More
later.)

If you really want to laugh out loud, go to the VIDEO LINK below on the
death of SB 1090, the Anti-Tethering Bill in the House — after we had
already killed companion bill HB 1156 by Rep. Sarah Davis (R- HD 134) in the
House. The Senate bill passed and was then sent over to the House for final
passage.
So we killed it twice! Rep. Cecil Bell (R-HD 3) and Rep. Larry Phillips
(R-HD 62) assisted Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-HD 92) at the podium by
offering amendments while Rep. Davis can be heard loudly proclaiming she
would NOT accept them with one minute to go.
Then it was the stroke of midnight, session ended and bill died before a
vote was held. Rep. John Cyrier (R-HD 17) and Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-HD 12)
also helped us with this. Humane Society of the US and their Texas partner
“Texas Humane Legislative Network” failed once again to pass their Tethering
Bill, which would result in numerous tethered dogs in Texas being
euthanized! Why do legislators listen to these extremists who have so
little animal expertise!
We have more legislators to thank later as reports come in. How did your
legislator vote?

Check it out: Rep. Jonathan Stickland and Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R-HD 62)
standing nearby killing SB 1090 — just before the stroke of midnight
deadline:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-3V0CHf2tc&feature=youtu.be IT MADE OUR
DAY!

Here’s more of Rep. Stickland (“Working Together to Make America Texas
Again”) being given the “Kill Bill Award” by Jonathan Tilove, May 29, 2017,
Austin American Statesman: http://tinyurl.com/yar99phu
Stay tuned, we’ve only just begun!

April 25, 2017

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Texas has a proposed “Bestiality Bill” HB 1087 that is progressing through
the Legislature under the radar. Who would even think there would be
anything to oppose in such a bill? Katie Jarl, Texas state director for
Humane Society of the U.S. and Texas Humane Legislation Network, supported
the Senate Bill which passed. HOWEVER: HOUSE BILL 1087 IS STILL HOT AND
HEADED FOR A HOUSE FLOOR VOTE SOON.

It was recently called to our attention that every AKC and UKC dog show
judge could be committing a felony in Texas, because they must feel male
dogs’ genitals to confirm that they are intact. Bathing pets, grooming,
clipping and sanitary cleaning around genitals (male and female) are
conducted at every dog show and could be considered “fondling and touching.”
Pet owners would be in violation when checking pets for parasites, bathing,
grooming or simply cuddling with pets lying across your lap, chest or
stomach.

Please contact your House Representative and ask that this Section be
DELETED:
“Sec. 21.09. Bestiality. (a) A person commits an offense if the person
knowingly: FONDLES OR TOUCHES the anus or genitals of an animal, including
TOUCHING THROUGH CLOTHING.” This leaves the rest of the bill intact
regarding “real sexual abuse.”
Your representative can be found at www.capitol.state.tx.us. Just fill in
the search box with your address and all your representatives will pop up.
But you only need the STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE – NOT the senator.

Bill sponsor Rep. Carol Alvarado told the Texas Tribune that if her bill
reaches the House Floor, she will add an amendment to address criticism that
the bill could ensnare people who work with animals from being charged with
a sex crime. Patrick Tarlton, executive director of TEXAS DEER ASSOCIATION,
expressed concerns and said: “We utilize animal husbandry techniques that
require us to insert an instrument or a finger or procedural tool into the
genitals or anus of an animal.” The Farm Bureau and Texas Veterinary
Association obtained “exceptions” for animal husbandry and veterinary
medical practice. But pet owners perform many “animal husbandry” practices
with their own pets — especially dog and cat breeders. Where is the
exception for pet owners and grooming businesses? Alvarado’s bill has
reached the House Floor!

April 23, 2017

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

The time has come to pay the piper and we’re $5,000 short! The final
payment to our lobbyist, former House Speaker Gibson Lewis, is due May 1st
— one week from today. RPOA is tracking 33 animal related bills filed this
session — most are Humane Society of U.S. (HSUS) templates being proposed
in other state legislatures. Some are “third timers” — which were defeated
here in past sessions. These bills contain tighter restrictions on existing
laws — regulating pet ownership out of existence. To date, none have
become new state law, but it’s surely only a matter of time.
There are multiple bills on the same topic this session as “insurance.”
Every session gets worse as the extremists work 24/7/365 for their
legislative agenda while (our side) animal “owners” have a real life.
Thank goodness, our Legislature doesn’t meet annually!

May is the final month before adjournment, so the heat is on to get bills
out of committee and scheduled for Floor Votes. There are deadlines to be
met for bill’s to progress, but rules can be suspended and usually are. The
bills’ subjects seldom reveal their real text.
Texas Humane Legislative Network (THLN) has SIX lobbyists registered with
Texas Ethics Commission on the Commission’s website this session, but we
didn’t see any HSUS registered lobbyists. Not even Katie Jarl, the HSUS
state director for HSUS, who is “everywhere” in Austin! The “animal rights”
extremists are joined by municipalities and law enforcement at most
committee hearings, promoting stricter legislation for issues which are
already addressed in existing law.

Donations can be made on our RPOA Texas Outreach website with PayPal:
www.rpoatexasoutreach.org .
OR address checks to “RPOA Texas Outreach” and mail to: 900 NE Loop 410
#311-D, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

The cult-like radical animal rights groups have been regurgitating their
true agenda for years, but few believed them. You can believe them now!
“All extremist animal rights groups are believed to be associated with each
other by leadership, membership, or both. Many advocates of animal rights
oppose all ways in which animals are confined and utilized by humans,
whether it be for food, clothing, servitude, or household pets.” (Report to
Congress on “Domestic and International Terrorism On Animal Enterprises” by
Department of Justice 1993)

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April 13, 2017

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

Sometimes comedy and laughter are the best methods for addressing the
radical agenda of animal “rights” extremists to end all use, breeding, sales
and especially “ownership” of animals. Thanks to Humane Watch for this
link!
https://www.humanewatch.org/louis-c-k-riffs-on-hsus-ads-buying-a-puppy/
It is so true … sadly. Texas has a very bad Dog & Cat Breeder Law that
has caused good breeders to either keep fewer “intact” females, move to
another state or quit breeding altogether. HSUS and their Texas compadre
“Texas Humane Legislation Network” have a member on the Breeder Advisory
Committee and attend every committee meeting to push for stricter
regulations, claiming USDA/APHIS regulations aren’t strict enough! This
Legislative Session is especially shocking to see how many legislators have
been hoodwinked into sponsoring their bills, written to regulate pet
ownership out of existence! There are 31 animal related bills with multiple
bills on the same topic as insurance.

Louis C.K. Riffs on HSUS Ads, Buying a Puppy
Apr 11, 2017 12:36 pm
Should you buy a dog, or adopt one? The choice is personal. And in a new
special on Netflix, comedian Louis C.K. offers his opinion in a story about
the time he got a dog for his kids. Getting a dog has become tainted by
political correctness. Groups like HSUS have stigmatized buying a
dog-“adopt, [.]

Read in browser >
https://www.humanewatch.org/louis-c-k-riffs-on-hsus-ads-buying-a-puppy/

 

April 5, 2017

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

Texas Legislature Alert! SB 188!
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/SB00188I.htm
A Public Hearing will be held tomorrow, April 6, 2017, at the Capitol
regarding TX SB 188 by Carlos Uresti, relating to civil or criminal
liability for transporting in, confining in, or removing from a motor
vehicle certain animals. 9:00 A.M., Senate Chamber – Senate State Affairs
Committee.

There are four (4) bills filed on this very same topic this session — all
bad and similar — regarding individuals and pets, but some go farther and
attempt to amend the existing Texas Animal Cruelty Law Sections 42.092,
Penal Code, which already addresses these situations: “(5) Transports or
confines an animal in a cruel manner.”
To save our sanity, we combined all four bills in the attached Fact Sheet.
Please contact the State Affairs Committee members below to oppose SB 188 as
written. Ask that animals be removed from this bill!

A motor vehicle means a vehicle that is self-propelled or a trailer or
semitrailer designed for use with a self-propelled vehicle.
Such as SUVs at many AKC dog shows. This would open a Pandora’s Box for all
the “animal rights” extremists who have a deep hatred for dog and cat show
breeders and exhibitors. “Animal Connection of Texas” (ACT) is a vegan
extremist Dallas group “dedicated to end suffering and exploitation of
animals;” that considers most interaction with animals to be “exploitation.”
ACT held a protest outside Dallas Market Hall during AKC dog shows in 2008;
claiming: “It’s important that we don’t let these breeders/murderers of
shelter dogs have their fun at homeless dogs’ expense.” PETA-type persons
have burst into the Judging Ring at the Westminster Dog Show in the past,
with a similar sign calling AKC show breeders “murderers.” These are not
rational persons!

Hunting Dog and other working dog groups are extremely vulnerable since they
transport hunting dogs in their motor vehicles all the time. There are no
guidelines for abrogating rights and making legal what would otherwise be a
crime with civil implications. If you don’t speak up for your animals, then
who will?

Senate Committee on State Affairs
Committee Clerk: Addison Reagan
Phone: (512) 463-0380

Chair: Sen. Joan Huffman
Ph: 512-463-0117
FAX: 512-463-0639
Joan.huffman@senate.state.tx.us

Vice-Chair: Sen. Bryan Hughes
Ph: 512-463-0101
FAX: 512-475-3751
Bryan.hughes@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Brian Birdwell
Ph: 512-463-0122
FAX: 512-475-3729
Brian.birdwell@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Brandon Creighton
Ph: 512-463-0104
FAX: 512-463-6373
Brandon.Creighton@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Craig Estes
Ph: 512-463-0130
FAX: 512-463-8874
Craig.estes@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Ph: 512-463-0127
FAX: 512-463-0061
Eddie.lucio@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Jane Nelson
Ph: 512-463-0112
FAX: 512-463-0923
Jane.nelson@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Charles Schwertner
Ph: 512-463-0105
FAX: 512-463-5713
Charles.schwertner@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Judith Zaffirini
Ph: 512-463-0121
FAX: 512-475-3738
Judith.zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us
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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

Texas Legislature Alert!
Please use the attached Fact Sheet any way you wish!
Public Hearing for HB 1357 will be held tomorrow Monday, April 3, 2017, in
the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee at 2:00 P.M. (or after House
adjournment) in Room E2.014 at the Capitol.
HB 1357 by Moody (and SB 762 Companion Bill) by Menendez, “relating to
prosecution of offenses involving cruelty to animals and inclusion of
related conduct in the definition of family violence; increasing a criminal
penalty” are Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) bills. THLN is the
Texas arm of Humane Society of the U.S.

At first glance, this bill appears to focus on Family Violence and
protecting pets from violent behavior. However it morphs quickly into
changing the Texas Animal Cruelty Statute; as though existing law isn’t
strict enough. This bait and switch is the “M.O.” of the national “Animal
Rights Movement.” The bill increases penalties to felonies based on “he
said/she said” situations. There are better ways to protect family pets in
this situation than passing this legislation.

“Exceptions” have been removed for hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife
management or animal husbandry contained within the Penal Code and replaced
with a “legal defense” for prosecution, meaning they would NOT be an
automatic exception to the law. The Texas Animal Cruelty Law is one of the
strongest in the U.S. and doesn’t need “strengthening.”

Please contact committee members below and ask them to “OPPOSE” this bill.
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
For Info: Clerk Rachel Wetsel
Ph: (512) 463-0768

Chair: Rep. Joe Moody
Joe.moody@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0728
Fax: (512) 463-0397

Vice-Chair: Rep. Todd Hunter
Todd.hunter@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0672
Fax: (512) 463-2101

Rep. Terry Canales
Terry.canales@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0426
Fax: (512) 463-0043

Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins
Barbara.gervin-hawkins@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0708
Fax: (512) 463-7071

Rep. Cole Hefner
Cole.hefner@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0271
Fax: (512) 463-1515

Rep. Mike Lang
Mike.lang@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0656
Fax: (512) 463-8805

Rep. Terry Wilson
Terry.wilson@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0309
Fax: (512) 463-0049

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March 28, 2017

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Texas Legislature Alert!
SB 1090 (Companion Bill to HB 1156) “relating to the unlawful restraint of a
dog; creating an offense,” is on a fast track and will be heard TOMORROW
(3/29/2017) at 9:00 A.M. in the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee
in Room E1.028. This is a Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) bill, and
their second attempt to pass it. It was defeated last Legislative Session
by hunting dog groups, American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, US
Sportsmen’s Association, American Dog Breeders Association, Endangered Breed
Association, Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance and RPOA. THLN is
the Texas partner of Humane Society of the U.S. and hunting dogs are always
a special target for “animal rights” organizations.

Texas Penal Code Section 42.092 (“Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals”) already
defines “Necessary food, water, care, or shelter: as including food, water,
care, or shelter provided to the extent required to maintain the animal in a
state of good health” and covers all dogs, whether unattended; tethered or
not tethered. This proposed new law is redundant and will be used as a
harassment tool by the radicals, who do NOT participate in ANY sporting dog
events and have NO animal expertise. Why legislators listen to these
extremists is hard to understand. Texas is not California — yet.
The bill bans use of a chain to tether a dog and will outlaw their existing
doghouses. (See the attachment.)
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/SB01090I.htm

The American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club sanction multiple training
and competitive outdoor events in Texas each year that contribute $millions
to the Texas economy and this bill could be interpreted to impact these
events. Field trials, retriever trials, coonhound, hunting, herding, lure
coursing, earthdog, tracking tests; obedience, rally and agility trials;
training and fun (practice) matches besides official competition events.
This is in addition to many Texas “John Q. Pet Owners.”

Please contact all members below to OPPOSE this bill.
(They probably won’t vote tomorrow; kicking it out later when no one’s
looking.)
We’ll let you know when it passes out of committee.
Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
Any questions, contact clerk: Dilip Kanuga
Ph: (512) 463-2527

Chair: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Ph: (512) 463-0127
FAX: (512) 463-0061
Eddie.lucio@senate.state.tx.us

Vice-Chair: Sen. Paul Bettencourt
Ph: (512) 463-0107
FAX: (713) 461-0108
Paul.bettencourt@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Donna Campbell
Ph: (512) 463-0125
FAX: (512) 463-7794
Donna.campbell@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Sylvia Garcia
Ph: (512) 463-0106
FAX: (512) 463-0346
Sylvia.garcia@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Don Huffines
Ph: (512) 463-0116
FAX: (512) 463-3135
Don.huffines@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Jose Menendez
Ph: (512) 463-0126
FAX: (512) 463-2114
Jose.mendez@senate.state.tx.us

Sen. Van Taylor
Ph: (512) 463-0108
FAX: (512) 463-7579
Van.taylor@senate.state.tx.us

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Texas Legislature Alert! OPPOSE HB 478 by Israel, which confers immunity
from civil liability for damages when removing pets or individuals from
locked motor vehicles. A Public Hearing for HB 478 is scheduled for 2:00 PM
(or after the House adjourns) Tuesday, March 28, in Room E2.026, at the
Capitol. If a person “reasonably believes” certain persons or animals are
really in imminent danger, why would they be concerned about paying minor
damages to rescue them? This bill gives carte blanche to PETA-type persons
to break into motor vehicles and remove any animal! It will become a
harassment tool for the radical vegan extremists! Any reference to
“Animals” must be removed from the bill. Feel free to use our “OPPOSITION
FLYER” which is attached. Let us know if you attend the hearing.

“Motor vehicle” is defined as any self-propelled vehicle, trailer, or
semitrailer. “Domestic Animal” is defined as: Dog, cat, or other
domesticated animal that may be kept as a pet and does not include a
“livestock animal.” This bill is similar to HB 401; is much shorter but
still objectionable.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/HB00478I.htm
This new bill could affect dog owners or “handlers” traveling through Texas
with dogs to American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club conformation shows
or performance events; in addition to hunters who travel with their dog(s).

PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS BELOW AND SAY VOTE “NO!”
House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee
For information, Committee Clerk: Beth Klunder
Ph: (512) 463-0790
Room: E2.026

Chair: Rep. John T. Smithee
Ph: (512) 463-0702
FAX: (512) 476-7016
John.smithee@house.state.tx.us

Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar
Ph: (512) 463-0620
FAX: (512) 463- 0894
Jessica.Farrar@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Roland Gutierrez
Ph: (512) 463-0452
FAX: (512) 463- 1447
Roland.gutierrez@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Ana Hernandez
Ph: (512) 463-0614
FAX: (512) 463- 0612
Ana.hernandez@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg
Ph: (512) 463-0186
FAX: (512) 463-5896
jodie.laubenberg@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Andrew S. Murr
Ph: (512) 463-0536
FAX: (512) 463- 1449
Andrew.Murr@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Victoria Neave
Ph: (512) 463-0244
FAX: (512) 463-9967
Victoria.neave@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Matt Rinaldi
Ph: (512) 463-0468
FAX: (512) 463-1044
Matt.rinaldi@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Mike Schofield
Ph: (512) 463-0528
FAX: (512) 463-7820
Mike.schofield@house.state.tx.us

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Texas HB 1156, the Anti-Tethering Bill which bans use of a “chain” to tether
“unattended” dogs, passed out of committee late yesterday and has been sent
to Calendars Committee to be scheduled for a House Floor Vote. This is an
agenda item for national “animal rights” organizations. Humane Society of
the U.S. has no affiliation with local humane societies or animal shelters
and is not a government agency as some mistakenly believe. HSUS is PETA in
a suit and tie. This is a major attack on sporting/hunting dog owners since
HSUS is vehemently opposed to hunting as a sport anyway.

We received a notice late yesterday regarding the Senate version of HB 1156
– “SB 1090.”
SB 1090, a companion bill in the Senate, has been re-assigned to another
committee. Originally scheduled for Senator John Whitmire’s “Criminal
Justice Committee,” it is assigned to “Intergovernmental Relations” with no
hearing scheduled yet. Interesting that SB 1090 sponsor is Senator Eddie
Lucero, Jr. who just happens to be Chairman of the “Intergovernmental
Relations Committee.”

Texas Humane Legislation Network (the Texas arm of HSUS) has SIX (6) paid
lobbyists this session!
Witnesses testifying “FOR HB 1156” at the House Hearing were:
Texas Humane Legislation Network’s Shelby Bobosky (THLN President); Laura
Donahue (THLN Executive Director); former THLN Legislative Director Skip
Trimble; and Karen Roberts (THLN, self) and
Katie Jarl (The Humane Society of the U.S.)

In addition, testifying “FOR HB 1156:”
Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Elizabeth Choate.
Shanna Igo (Texas Municipal League)
Nancy Bellows (Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption (SARA)
Jamey Cantrell (Texas Animal Control Association)
Wolfe City Police Department
Denton County Sheriff’s Office
Donna Warndof, Harris County
SPCA of Texas

March 21, 2017

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Texas Legislature Alert! OPPOSE HB 748
A Public Hearing for HB 748 is scheduled for 2:00 PM (or after the House
adjourns) tomorrow Tuesday, March 21, in Room E2.026, at the Capitol,
relating to certain costs associated with certain court proceedings for
cruelly treated animals, authorizing fees and costs. The bill died in the
Senate last legislative session, but it’s back! A Texas Humane Legislation
Network bill.

This bill is an attempt to railroad the process by taking away the owner’s
due process rights, making an appeal cost prohibitive by bolstering the bond
required for an appeal. Only if an appeal is perfected does the owner get a
chance to have a jury hear the case. Not all animal cruelty cases are
meritorious.

PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS BELOW
AND SAY VOTE “NO!”
House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee
For information, Clerk: Beth Klunder
Ph: (512) 463-0790
Room: E2.026

Chair: Rep. John T. Smithee
Ph: (512) 463-0702
FAX: (512) 476-7016
John.smithee@house.state.tx.us

Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar
Ph: (512) 463-0620
FAX: (512) 463- 0894
Jessica.Farrar@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Roland Gutierrez
Ph: (512) 463-0452
FAX: (512) 463- 1447
Roland.gutierrez@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Ana Hernandez
Ph: (512) 463-0614
FAX: (512) 463- 0612
Ana.hernandez@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg
Ph: (512) 463-0186
FAX: (512) 463-5896
jodie.laubenberg@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Andrew S. Murr
Ph: (512) 463-0536
FAX: (512) 463- 1449
Jessica.Farrar@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Victoria Neave
Ph: (512) 463-0244
FAX: (512) 463-9967
Victoria.neave@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Matt Rinaldi
Ph: (512) 463-0468
FAX: (512) 463-1044
Matt.rinaldi@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Mike Schofield
Ph: (512) 463-0528
FAX: (512) 463-7820
Mike.schofield@house.state.tx.us

March 18, 2017

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Texas Legislature Alert!
Monday, March 20, 2017, two animal related bills will have a Public Hearing
in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Meeting is set for 2:00 PM
(or whenever the House adjourns) at the Capitol, Austin, Texas. Please
contact the committee members below and OPPOSE both bills. Let us know if
you’ll attend the hearings!

HB 749: Relating to a central database containing information about certain
persons who have been convicted of or received a grant of deferred
adjudication community supervision for certain offenses involving animal
cruelty.
This is a “Pet Abusers Registry” modeled after the “Sex Offenders” Registry.
This is the THIRD Legislative Session that this bill has been proposed and
hopefully will be defeated once again. It is a national “animal rights”
campaign from Animal Legal Defense Fund, a radical group of attorneys
seeking changes to the legal status of animals — from “property” to
“personhood — in our court system.” (See attachment for more.)

HB 401: Relating to civil or criminal liability for leaving certain animals
unattended in or removing certain individuals or animals from a motor
vehicle.
This bill would give PETA-type radical activists carte blanche to break into
any auto containing an animal and remove it with NO LIABILITY. (See
attachment for more.) Motor Vehicle is defined as: any self-propelled
vehicle, or a trailer, or semi-trailer.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Clerk: Rachel Wetsel
Ph: (512) 463-0768

Chair: Rep. Joe Moody
Joe.moody@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0728
Fax: (512) 463-0397

Vice-Chair: Rep. Todd Hunter
Todd.hunter@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0672
Fax: (512) 463-2101

Rep. Terry Canales
Terry.canales@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0426
Fax: (512) 463-0043

Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins
Barbara.gervin-hawkins@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0708
Fax: (512) 463-7071

Rep. Cole Hefner
Cole.hefner@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0271
Fax: (512) 463-1515

Rep. Mike Lang
Mike.lang@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0656
Fax: (512) 463-8805

Rep. Terry Wilson
Terry.wilson@house.state.tx.us
Ph: (512) 463-0309
Fax: (512) 463-0049

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

The Public Hearing on HB 1156 was held by the House Public Health Committee
this morning. This is the second attempt by Texas Humane Legislation
Network (THLN) to pass their Anti-Tethering Bill, which was defeated last
Legislative Session by hunting dog groups, American Kennel Club, United
Kennel Club, US Sportsmen’s Association, American Dog Breeders Association,
Endangered Breed Association, Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance
and RPOA. THLN is the Texas “mouthpiece” for Humane Society of the U.S.
Hunting dogs are always a special target for anti-hunting “animal rights”
organizations.

THLN and HSUS have spent the past year greasing the skids for their new
bill; beginning with endorsing Rep. Sarah Davis during the elections. Then
getting the hearing scheduled very early in the process … means the bill
is on a fast track. The bill is pending in committee and will undoubtedly
be kicked out of committee soon to be scheduled for a House Floor Vote.
Senate Bill 1090 by Lucio is the companion/similar bill in the Senate, which
has not been heard yet.

If passed, this new law will become a “harassment tool” for animal rights
extremists — just as their Dog and Cat Breeder Law has become. How many
fence climbers and impossible-to-confine dogs will have to be euthanized as
a result? Texas Penal Code Section 42.092 (“Cruelty to Nonlivestock
Animals”) already defines “Necessary food, water, care, or shelter: as
including food, water, care, or shelter provided to the extent required to
maintain the animal in a state of good health” and covers all dogs, whether
tethered or not tethered. This proposed new law is redundant and should be
opposed! “Animal Rights” Extremists are definitely lacking in animal
expertise, but are dedicated to legislating pet ownership out of existence
— their true agenda. Texas appears to be fertile ground now for their
attacks: Sea World, Barnum & Bailey Circus, San Antonio Zoo, Charreadas.
Who knew … our Texas legislators would be so gullible?

Austin Statesman Article:
Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/j5alqbj
OR
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/house-committ
ee-considers-bill-that-would-regulate-chaining-dogs/OiuYmGb2LL6HjxI3zwqSDK/
RE: A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill that would make it a misdemeanor
for chaining up a dog in Texas. State Rep. Sarah Davis, of West University
Place, has filed House Bill 1156 which would prohibit a person from
tethering a dog outside with a chain or with a restraint that has weights or
is shorter than five times the length of the dog. Under the measure, a dog
can be restrained…

HB 1156 can be found at:
(http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/HB01156I.htm)

March 13, 2017

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

A Public Hearing for HB 1156 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th, at the
Capitol in Austin: “relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating
an offense.”
This is the second attempt by Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) to
pass their Tethering Bill, which was defeated last Legislative Session by
hunting dog groups, American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, US Sportsmen’s
Association, American Dog Breeders Association, Endangered Breed
Association, Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance and RPOA. THLN is
the Texas partner of Humane Society of the U.S. and hunting dogs are always
a special target for “animal rights” organizations.
HB 1156 can be found at:
(http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/HB01156I.htm)

The Hearing will be held by the House Public Health Committee, at 8:00 A.M.,
in Room E2.012.
For questions regarding the Hearing, contact Committee Clerk: Sandra
Talton, Phone (512) 463-0806.

Texas Penal Code Section 42.092 (“Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals”) already
defines “Necessary food, water, care, or shelter: as including food, water,
care, or shelter provided to the extent required to maintain the animal in a
state of good health” and covers all dogs, whether tethered or not tethered.
This proposed new law is redundant.

For those who cannot attend, you may contact the legislators below with your
opinion.

HB 1156 Sponsor: Rep. Sarah Davis
Ph: (512) 463-0389, FAX: (512) 463-1374
E-Mail: Sarah.davis@house.state.tx.us

PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE
Chairman: Rep. Four Price
Ph: 512-463-0470
Fax: 512-463-8003
E-Mail: four.price@house.state.tx.us

Vice-Chair: Rep. J.D. Sheffield
Ph: 512-463-0628
Fax: 512-463-3644
E-Mail: j.d.sheffield@house.state.tx.us

MEMBERS:
Rep. Diana Arevalo
Ph: 512-463-0616
Fax: No number
E-Mail: diana.arevalo@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Cindy Burkett
Ph: 512-463-0464
Fax: 512-463-1481
E-Mail: cindy.burkett@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Garnet Coleman
Ph: 512-463-0524
Fax: 512-463-1260
E-Mail: garnet.coleman@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Nicole Collier
Ph: 512-463-0716
Fax: 512-463-1516
E-Mail: nicole.collier@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Philip Cortez
Ph: 512-463-0269
Fax: 512-463-1096
E-Mail: philip.cortez@house.state.tx.us

Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra
Ph: 512-463-0578
Fax: 512-463-1482
E-Mail: robert.guerra@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Stephanie Klick
Ph: 512-463-0599
Fax: 512-463-0751
E-Mail: stephanie.klick@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Tom Oliverson
Ph: 512-463-0661
Fax: 512-463-4130
E-Mail: tom.oliverson@house.state.tx.us

Rep. Bill Zedler
Ph: 512-463-0374
Fax: 512-463-0364
E-Mail: bill.zedler@house.state.tx.us

 

March 2, 2017

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THANKS TO ONE OF OUR RPOA MEMBERS FOR THIS LINK AND HER COMMENT:
“RPOA predicted this decades ago.” Yes, we did predict this 26 years ago!

Now it is here! We hope you care enough to oppose this radical “animal
rights” cult and their agenda!
The author of this great article at the link is our own Sheila Goffe, VP for
Government Relations of the American Kennel Club based in New York.
http://www.insidesources.com/attacks-doomed-ringling-bros-portend-trouble-pe
t-lovers/
or TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/ze3f3s6
Thank you, AKC!

February 20, 2017

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The 85th (2017) Session of the Texas Legislature is in Session and won’t
adjourn until the end of May. There are 16 animal related bills filed as of
today, February 20, covering a wide range of issues. The filing deadline is
March 10th, so undoubtedly there will be more by then; usually around 30
bills each session. House and Senate Chairmen and Committee members have
all been appointed and bills will be assigned to a committee. Then hearings
begin. As an American Kennel Club state federation, we’ve been in touch
with AKC Government Relations, who always help us with letters of support as
needed and with their updated list of 300 AKC clubs in Texas. We also have
UKC, hunting dog owners, and all species of “John Q. Pet Owners”
memberships. If you have a special relationship with any legislators,
please let us know: rpoa@texas.net .

Once again, RPOA Texas Outreach has hired our very special lobbyist and
friend, former House Speaker Gibson Lewis, who is very knowledgeable about
the Animal Rights Agenda. We’ve also contracted with an attorney for
analysis as most of the bills amend existing law and are written by
attorneys in legalese, not always easy to understand. We need your vocal
and financial support if we are to provide a “reasonable voice regarding
Texas animal issues” this Session. We’re ready to go. All we need is you!

Just a warning: Never judge a bill by the subject or whatever media and
others say about the bill! Remember the so-called “Puppy Mill Bill” which
doesn’t even contain the “commercial” word? A prime example! The
“Tethering Bill” last Session had language that addressed “unattended
outside dogs” with multiple requirements for a backyard dog. So you never
know how a bill will affect you and your animal(s). After careful analysis
and prioritizing, we’ll post the bills list on our website in categories:
“Opposition, Support or Neutral.”

We send out action alerts when necessary, and It will take each of you
contacting your legislators and committee members if we’re to be effective.
A lobbyist can only do so much. Search for your representative and senator
on the state’s website: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ . Scroll down to
the lower right on the Home Page for the Search Box and fill in your
address. YOU are the most important person to YOUR elected representatives.
Each representative has a website page with information about them, their
background, family, etc. if you don’t know them already.

Nearly all of our animal related bills are coming from the “Animal Rights
National Legislative Agenda” to regulate pet/animal ownership out of
existence — not from any special need for Texas animals’ welfare. The
extremists present the same bills in every state! “All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
(Edmund Burke)

February 14, 2017

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Thank you to “HUMANE WATCH” for the two messages below:

1st LINK: Convicted Animal Rights Terrorist Sneaks On To FOX NEWS!
TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/j55f79r OR
https://www.humanewatch.org/convicted-animal-rights-terrorist-sneaks-on-to-f
ox-news/

2nd LINK:. Did You See Our Super Bowl Ad?
<https://www.humanewatch.org/did-you-see-our-super-bowl-ad/>

3rd LINK: Vegan HSUS Prez Wayne Pacelle responds that “Humane Watch” ad at
Super Bowl only increases HSUS donations. Really?
<http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2013/02/front-groups-fumble-during-supe
r-bowl.html
>
Humane Society of the U.S. operates no pet shelters and is not a government
agency, as some mistakenly believe!
Donate to local animal shelters who work hands-on with animals — not
“animal rights” groups, who try to legislate animal ownership out of
existence!

February 7, 2017

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Scroll down for the excellent video … TICA Cat breeder explains the
options different cat breeds provide for prospective pet owners to select
the cat that fits their lifestyle — same as with dog breeds. Animal
shelters have few purebred dogs and cats for adoption, despite what the
vegan organization Humane Society of the U.S. says! Many animals are
relinquished to shelters for behavior problems.
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/02/06/the-truth-about-
cats-at-the-westminster-dog-show/?utm_term=.b401f384650b
>
OR Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/zvvwo78

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February 3, 2017

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SUPER BOWL AD BLASTS HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES!
God bless “Humane Watch!”
TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/gsda8ln
Or
http://www.agdaily.com/video/super-bowl-ad-blasts-humane-society-united-stat
es/

PETA TARGETS NEW MEXICO FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA!
TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/z8glvz7
OR
http://krqe.com/2016/01/27/peta-targets-new-mexico-future-farmers-of-america
/

The Texas Legislature is in Session. We’ve paid a retainer to our longtime
lobbyist, Former House Speaker Gib Lewis, who has notified us of 11 animal
related bills of interest to RPOA — so far. Usually there are around 30
animal related bills filed, with 4 or 5 “really” bad bills requiring our
attention! Deadline for filing bills is mid-March, so the fun has just
begun. Our board of directors has not taken a stand on them yet as it
requires close analysis and we need more donations to pay an attorney to
help us with interpreting some of their legalese. Texas Humane Legislation
Network, the HSUS’ cohort in Texas, has been lobbying all year spreading
their usual anti-pet propaganda, always badmouthing RPOA.
More later.

January 30, 2017

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Animal Rights Groups Claim Victory — closing down Barnum & Bailey! Any use
of animals is “exploitation” to these fanatics, who work in incremental
steps to achieve their agenda. They’ve been telling us for 25 years what
they intend to do and we’ve been telling you, but apathy has reigned.
“That’ll never affect me,” has been the typical response. RPOA has even
been accused of “hyperbole” at times — “exaggeration for effect and not
meant to be taken literally.” WRONG! We do mean to be taken literally. Do
you believe us now? Read on.

THE CIRCUS: First no elephants, now no circus.
Barnum & Bailey Circus is shutting down after 146 years with their last
performance in May with “Animal Rights” Groups claiming victory. See more
information and videos at: TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/j3fa5t6

ZOOS next? Read on.
Animal “Rights” Activists now zeroing in on Zoos
TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/zfxgqko

SEA WORLD has been a major target for years and can no longer breed Orcas.
No more Shamu!
State “Puppy Mill” Laws are written to “eliminate” dog and cat breeders, not
“regulate” them. If no breeding is allowed, animals become extinct!
Few pet stores exist anymore and we have shrinking Newspaper Classified Ads:
Dogs and Cats for Sale. For a city of almost 1.5 million population, the
San Antonio newspaper has a dozen or so dogs for sale ads each week and
maybe one ad for kittens.
How long before shelters run out of “rescued” dogs with so many sterilized
pets now? Mixes will eventually dwindle down to feral bloodlines – without
breed distinctions.
HSUS has convinced USDA/APHIS to regulate breeders of all species of pets
selling “sight unseen.”
Agriculture, ranchers and hunting enthusiasts are a constant target for
these extremists.
The noose tightens!

DOG AND CAT SHOWS NEXT? WESTMINSTER?
ALL WORKING DOGS? FIELD TRIALS, HUNTING TESTS, OBEDIENCE/AGILITY TRIALS,
ETC?
NO EXEMPTIONS in the 4-year-old Texas Dog & Cat Breeders Law have been
granted for breeders of working/performance dogs to date! Show dog
breeders/exhibitors are not considered to be “performance dogs” by Texas
Department of Licensing & Regulation!

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January 5, 2017

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Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Notice of Vacancies on Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces
five vacancies on the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee (Committee)
established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 802. The purpose of the
Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation
(Commission) and the Department on: matters related to the administration
and enforcement of Chapter 802, including licensing fees and standards
adopted under Subchapter E. This announcement is for: (1) a licensed
breeder, (2) a veterinarian, (3) a representative of an animal welfare
organization; (4) an animal control officer; and (5) a public member.
The Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer
of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The committee consists
of the following members:
. two members who are licensed breeders;
. two members who are veterinarians;
. two members who represent animal welfare organizations each of which
has an office based in this state;
. two members who represent the public; and
. one member who is an animal control officer as defined in Section
829.001, Health and Safety Code.

Members of the committee serve staggered four-year terms. The terms of four
or five members expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.
Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website
at: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/AdvisoryBoard/login.aspx . Applicants can
also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202
or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov .
Issued in Austin, Texas on December 27, 2016.
Brian Francis
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation