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June 14, 2017

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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

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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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

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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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

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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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

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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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!
(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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Animal Welfare, not Animal Rights!

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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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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April 2, 2017

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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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March 25, 2017

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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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March 14, 2017

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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)

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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!

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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
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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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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

December 19, 2016

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CRIMINALIZING PET OWNERSHIP IN TEXAS … one incremental step at a time.
More unenforceable animal ordinances which do nothing to address stray/loose
dog problems!
Christmas is a preferred time for cities to pass anti-pet legislation as
they believe everyone’s too busy to notice.

ODESSA, TX, Animal Ordinance went into effect December 5th:
Mandates all impounded animals must be spayed/neutered before leaving
shelter.
Fosters or Rescuers housing more than four animals must be approved.
“Animals” definition should be checked out.
A violation for “UNATTENDED” ANIMALS in a parked vehicle is included, which
has a $500 fine.
“UNATTENDED” appears to be a new “animal rights” tactic to confuse issues.
http://www.odessa-tx.gov/Home/Components/News/News/1640/29

In the last Session of the Legislature, we killed a Texas Humane Legislation
Network (THLN) bill — “supposedly” written to ban “chaining dogs” but the
bill included the “UNATTENDED” word, and would have affected “all” dogs
confined in backyards — not just chained dogs! Do you really believe this
was an oversight? THLN claims to come back this upcoming session with the
same bill, but Sponsor Rep. Kenneth Sheets was NOT re-elected! No doubt
THLN will find a new sponsor elsewhere. Bills can be filed until mid-March.

MIDLAND, TX:
Changes could be on the way for dealing with loose pets in Midland, TX,
also. City Council unanimously approved the “first reading” of a new
ordinance that could require pets to be spayed or neutered on second
impoundment. If owners don’t comply, Midland Animal Control will seize the
animal and deliver it to the veterinarian themselves!
www.cbs7.com/content/news/406415106.html

November 22, 2016

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FUNDRAISING FOR RPOA while you shop online!
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November 18, 2016

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Pre-filing of bills for the “85th Texas Legislative Session” has begun! The
Session convenes in mid-January.
Our lobbyist, former Speaker Gib Lewis, has notified RPOA that legislation
has been filed for consideration that could be of interest to us. The bill
numbers and captions are noted below. To see the full text of any
legislation, go to www.capitol.state.tx.us and click on the search box for
“Bill Numbers” for 85th Session. Type in the number and it should come up.
You can find your personal legislators by using the Search Box at the bottom
of the screen, lower right corner.
RPOA has not read nor evaluated these bills yet, but if you have any
comments, please let us know! The fun has just begun!

HB 233 By Rodriguez, Eddie. Relating to the exception of certain
information related to the humane disposition by a municipality or county of
an animal from required disclosure under the public
information law.

SB 69 By Zaffirini, Judith. Relating to civil or criminal
liability for leaving certain animals unattended in or removing certain
individuals or animals from a motor vehicle.

SB 126 By Huffines, Donald. Relating to the Internet broadcast of
open meetings of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

SB 188 By Uresti, Carlos. Relating to civil or criminal liability
for transporting in, confining in, or removing from a motor vehicle certain
animals.

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November 10, 2016

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“We the people” have spoken and elected a new president. It’s now time for
“We, the animal owners,” to organize for the upcoming Session of the Texas
Legislature, which convenes in January! You voice does count and RPOA is
not “us,” it is “you.” RPOA can give you information, but if you don’t pick
up the ball and pass it around, it’s dead. Unfortunately now ALL animal
issues have become very political and agenda driven. Adequate legislation
already exists to protect Texas animals: Animal Cruelty Laws, Leash Laws,
etc. although these laws are not always enforced.

So we ask that you take a few minutes out of your busy day and think about
it. “How much do you care about your animals?”
If you don’t speak up for them now, who will? No Breeding = No Pets! Each
session of the Legislature, we’re up against ASPCA, Humane Society of the
U.S. (HSUS) and their Texas affiliate “Texas Humane Network Legislation,”
who hold a joint Lobby Day in Austin. HSUS is well organized and well
financed in every state with salaried employees and Texas is no different.

Vegan HSUS President Wayne Pacelle’s stated goal is to make HSUS equal to
the National Rifle Association in political power. RPOA formed to “keep the
truth on the table” in Texas as the Animal Rights Campaign to end all
interaction with animals is based on never-ending lies and media propaganda.
If they told the truth, they’d never get any of their anti-pet legislation
passed.

“People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost.” —
Bertold Brecht
Think about it! Will you take time to fight? Remember: It’s only six
months every two years.
(Attached is an AKC flyer, but substitute any pet, not only dogs. Share
extensively!)
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/Brochurs_Flyers/Flyer%20-%20AKC%20Can_you_i
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OR TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/zv74whe

God bless RPOA Texas Outreach and our animals,
More information on how you can help coming later.
Mary Beth Duerler
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November 7, 2016

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Austin City Council voted to spay/neuter stray animals on first impoundment
by Animal Services, in spite of opposing views from the Austin Animal
Commission and Dr. Ellen Jefferson, executive director of Austin Pets Alive,
who compared the proposal to “trying to swat a fly with a grenade.”
This will be a tremendous cost to the city of Austin and will not provide a
solution to the number of loose/stray animals in lower-income communities,
such as East Austin. “Confining pets to their owner’s property” would solve
this problem at no cost to the city. Whatever happened to common sense?
Since this new regulation won’t help, Austin will be back in a year or so to
“pass another law.” All incremental steps and in direct opposition to
Nathan Winograd’s “No Kill” Program. Winograd says legislation only
exacerbates animal problems. Austin has declared Animal Services to be “No
Kill” twice.
http://tinyurl.com/hos9oot

November 5, 2016

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Any wonder that Texas pet owners are growing increasingly paranoid?
Unlicensed dogs and cats are subject to impoundment by San Antonio Animal
Control and to euthanasia if not promptly redeemed. However since the city
has become “No Kill,” it’s become nigh onto impossible to get any stray
animals picked up as it makes their stats look bad — a public health and
safety issue.

King County using customer grocery store data to target pet owners, send
licensing notices
http://tinyurl.com/h3y5k85
OR
http://komonews.com/news/local/king-county-using-grocery-store-data-to-targe
t-pet-owners

SEATTLE – A King County letter that ended up in the mailboxes of thousands
of pet owners is raising concerns over privacy.
The letter told pet owners to license their pets or face a $250 fine.
The county admits more transparency is needed, but says the mailers work.
Just last year they brought in more than $100,000 in new pet licenses.

October 31, 2016

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From: Notice From TDLR [mailto:tdlrnotice@public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 12:03 PM
Subject: TDLR adopts rule review of Licensed Breeder administrative rules

At their meeting held October 5, 2016, the Texas Commission of Licensing and
Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC)
Chapter 91, Dog or Cat Breeders, effective October 14, 2016.
The rule review adoption was published in the October 28, 2016, issue of the
Texas Register (41 TexReg 8639).

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Licensed Breeders program to
review the rule review adoption. The adoption justification may be viewed at
https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/bre/bre.htm#rulereview .

 

October 25, 2016

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IRS C4 Nonprofit organizations are not allowed to endorse candidates, but
this doesn’t seem to stop HSUS and Texas Humane Legislation Network.
Their endorsements are below FYI. Just draw your own conclusions and
remember their anti-pet agenda!

HSUS AD Opposing Trump:
http://tinyurl.com/h73ktmp

Texas Humane Legislation Network, the HSUS arm in Texas
http://www.thln.org/?pageID=B6E0881D-3048-C277-117299B28F13508F

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
http://www.hslf.org/our-work/humane-scorecard.html

October 26, 2016

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How about a NEW RPOA CAMPAIGN to urge Texas Governor Greg Abbott to do as
Maine Governor Paul LePage, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, and Oklahoma
Attorney General Scott Pruitt have done? Tell HSUS to get lost! If we only
had the funding for advertising “before” the Legislature convenes! Texas
Humane Legislation Network (THLN) is simply an extension of Humane Society
of the U.S. — working 24/7/365 with ASPCA — promoting the HSUS legislative
agenda in Texas to end all use, breeding, sales, and ownership of animals
for any reason, including pet ownership. These three organizations hold a
Joint Lobby Day every legislative session at the Capitol and block all our
efforts to get changes to the 2011 misnamed “Puppy Mill Bill,” which doesn’t
even contain the “commercial” word. HB 1451 Sponsor Rep. Senfronia Thompson
had “commercial” removed at the first committee hearing; following a
year-long HSUS media Campaign showing sad pictures of neglected dogs/cats,
and after conducting numerous raids with animal seizures during the year
leading up to the 2011 Legislative Session. Animals seized under the
existing Texas Animal Cruelty Law, we might add. We defeated this
legislation in 2009 with help from Texas Veterinary Medical Association, but
they worked “with HSUS” in 2011 — much to our dismay!

Donations can be made with PayPal or the mailing address at RPOA Texas
Outreach www.rpoatexasoutreach.org . Read below online and follow the many
links to the letter itself and other connected information. Spread the
word! Thanks to “Humane Watch” for this information!
http://www.humanewatch.org/maine-governor-slams-hsus/
Author: HumaneWatch Team
Subject: Maine Governor Slams HSUS

Earlier this week, Maine Governor Paul LePage sent a letter to Humane
Society of the US CEO Wayne Pacelle calling out the questionable practices
of HSUS. The Republican Governor wrote a blistering letter to Pacelle,
condemning him and HSUS for its “any means necessary tactics” and pursuit of
“extreme proposals” in his state as well as others.

Governor Lepage went on to rip HSUS for “hiding behind the guise of a
charitable organization devoted to animal welfare” as well as doing “very
little to support the hard work to support the hard work of local shelters
and animal welfare efforts.”

The Governor expressed his distrust of HSUS, largely for its role in sending
in operatives to infiltrate and lie to small businesses in Maine, in the
attempt to disparage animal agriculture for political gains. Lepage finished
his letter to Pacelle by stating that he “will not be silent while your
organization attempts to use a good Maine Business to advance your national
fundraising.” He added that he “will continue to tell the public the true
story about your misrepresentations and your disservice to local animal
welfare efforts.”
Read the full letter here (online).
http://www.humanewatch.org/maine-governor-slams-hsus/

This isn’t the first time HSUS has been called out by elected officials.
LePage slammed HSUS earlier this year, then-Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman
told HSUS to get lost, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt put out a
public consumer alert against HSUS.
After years of HSUS ripping off animal lovers to fund a political agenda,
it’s good to see doors slamming shut on HSUS across America.

October 25, 2016

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Their endorsements are below FYI. Just draw your own conclusions and
remember their anti-pet agenda!

HSUS AD Opposing Trump:
http://tinyurl.com/h73ktmp

Texas Humane Legislation Network, the HSUS arm in Texas
http://www.thln.org/?pageID=B6E0881D-3048-C277-117299B28F13508F

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
http://www.hslf.org/our-work/humane-scorecard.html

October 6, 2016

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In 2008 the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) launched a major propaganda
campaign about horrific “puppy mills” in Texas, which quickly morphed into
calling ALL Texas dog breeders “puppy mills” and resulted in HB 1451, a
misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill, being passed. (HSUS/PETA refuse to acknowledge
that “responsible breeders” even exist!) Texas is not a “puppy or kitty
mill” state and actually has very few commercial dog/cat breeders –
averaging around 150 new licensed Texas breeders, plus 15 dual USDA licensed
breeders. Texas is a big state with a lot of pet owners! Pets don’t live
forever and must be replaced in the future. Cats were added into the
Dog/Cat Breeder Bill HB 1451 just because they “could.” Last count, there
were only 3 licensed cat breeders.

We keep sayin’ – it’s ALL pets under attack. Kittens, ferrets, rabbits,
birds, and small pets like hamsters and guinea pigs. Pet owners in Texas
are now a very special target. The HSUS agenda is incremental steps until
there are none. As pet owners we must present a united front to these
radicals. Just check out this 2011 HSUS web page for HSUS’ attack on “pet
mills” if you doubt us:
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/facts/pet_mills.html
(2011 was the year Texas passed the HSUS “Puppy Mill” Bill HB 1451.)
Then join RPOA as we prepare for the upcoming Texas 2017 Legislative
Session, where we’re sure to meet ASPCA, HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation
Network and all their friends head-on once again. Our “well” is dry and we
must hire a lobbyist for this Session. The “animal rights” crowd usually
has 6 lobbyists.
Donations can be made to RPOA Texas Outreach at: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
for our Legislative Fund this session or mail to: RPOA Texas Outreach, 900
NE Loop 410 #311-D, San Antonio, TX 78209!

 

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CONTINUED: PART II
This winds up our report on the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
(TDLR) September 26th “Breeder Advisory Committee” Meeting.

The Humane Society of the U.S. “template” provided the fodder for the Texas
Licensed Dog & Cat Breeder Bill (HB 1451). But they aren’t through with
Texas yet – by a long shot!
As one of our members wrote: “It is clear from our analysis that only by
moving this program away from the Animal Advisory Committee as structured by
‘animal rights radicals’ can the conflict of interests be mitigated. As
long as the ‘animal rights’ organizations are able to overly influence the
rule making process to the exclusion of the pet owning public, the breeders,
and the agency itself, this conflict of interest with the statutes under
which this agency operates will continue to be compromised.”

Texas dog and cat breeders are being regulated by persons who have little or
no knowledge regarding differences among diverse breeds of dogs and cats as
to size, behavior, basic requirements, and coat thickness, which determines
outdoor temperature tolerance. The extremists are pushing for Outdoor
Temperatures Allowed of no more than 90 degrees and no less than 50 degrees,
just as an example. That should tell you .

TDLR Executive Director Brian Francis said the 4% budget cuts requested for
all state departments would not affect the Dog and Cat Breeders Program as
the “size” is not great, 171 licensed breeders now. (This number fluctuates
in various TDLR reports and fails to note that 15 breeders are USDA dual
licensed – making 155 new licensees a more realistic number.) Francis
mentioned “exceptions” from the budget cuts have been requested, but we’ll
need clarification on this later.

Since “TDLR doesn’t have much money,” Sherry Ferguson (Houston Humane
Society) offered two of their officers trained for animal cruelty law
enforcement to assist TDLR with their investigations. Natalie Lynch (Texas
Humane Legislation Network) asked if Ferguson had contact with other groups
who could do this also. Ferguson replied: “Yes, and she would contact
them.” This is happening in other states; extremists get a law passed and
“assist” with training and enforcement. It must not happen in Texas.

“UNLICENSED BREEDERS”
There was much frustration expressed by the licensed breeders and certain
committee members about “unlicensed breeders.” One member asked how many
breeders are “unlicensed.” Francis said that number is not possible to
establish, and breeders can lower numbers of intact females in possession to
avoid licensing. All animals 6 months of age or older are considered
“adults.”

“STACKING” CAGES
The ARS insist on no stacking of cages – again not considering dog sizes
(from Chihuahuas to Great Danes) – with the goal of costly renovations
required to comply with new rules. The Breeder Law requires a partition
between cage floors, but the extremists insist that feces and urine will
drip through all cages. And they insist wire floors allow legs to protrude
through the wire and be chewed on by animals below – regardless of existing
requirements on wire floors which forbid same. They also imply the animals
never get out of their cages in spite of mandated exercise requirements.

There is not a single veterinary clinic or public/private animal shelter in
the state that would be in compliance with HB 1451 and the resulting TDLR
Rules/Regulations! Yet, the radicals have complained for four years that
the Rules are NOT strict enough. They always want more restrictions.
ASPCA, HSUS, and Texas Humane Legislation Network were well represented at
the Meeting.

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The Animal Rights Brigade was out in full force for the Texas Department of
Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) Breeder Advisory Committee meeting in Austin
Monday. The September 26th Breeder Advisory Meeting can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrXWzj-62HU Brian Francis has been
promoted to executive director of TDLR, upon the retirement September 1st of
Bill Kuntz.

RPOA sent the committee members the attached letter but didn’t issue an
Action Alert on the meeting because it would have been wasted time. The
outcome was predictable with TDLR setting the agenda to “appoint working
groups” to address the “animal rights” extremists’ concerns or the meeting
would never have ended!

Included in the 1,453 Comments received by TDLR on “Repeal, Re-Adopt, or
Revise the Texas Dog and Cat Breeder Law”, there were 1,100
[HSUS/ASPCA/Texas Humane Legislative Network] FORM LETTERS urging:
Increased Cage Sizes, No Wire Flooring, No Cage “Stacking,” and No Outdoor
Temperatures of more than 90 degrees or less than 50 degrees [being referred
to as “environmental issues” by TDLR]. Either the extremists were not aware
of the fact that this is all addressed in existing regulations OR they lied
– which is the most logical explanation. Another 300 letters were similar,
requesting the Committee “to ban all breeding,” echoing the stated goal of
the Animal Rights Movement.

TDLR attorney Charles Johnson stated (in response to questioning) that
there’s no way to know if the Comments all came from Texas! But obviously
they accomplished their agenda to gain consideration of rule changes.
Thanks to all of you who sent the 39 Comments supporting our goal to
“Transfer this program to Texas Department of Agriculture or repeal it. And
Abolish the Breeder Advisory Committee as Oklahoma did!” It is imperative
that we keep our positions on record. There’s no need for a Breeder
Advisory Committee at all with the Agriculture Dept.

As expected, the Committee voted 5-2 to re-adopt the existing Rules for HB
1451, and appointed two committees to consider changes and report back to
the Committee. So, this opens a brand new can of worms and we’re back to
square one. Our only hope to “Repeal or Transfer this program to Texas
Department of Agriculture” will be through the state legislature this
Session. This will not be easy and will take the efforts of every one of
you, your veterinarian and your personal legislators! TDLR has no authority
to end this program and must abide by the statute HB 1451.

The two committees are “Standards” and “Compliance” or something about
licensing and regulations – the name kept changing on that one!
Standards Committee: to reconsider cage size, flooring, environment with
committee members Epperson, Lynch, Ellis, Cordes; and the other Committee
to consider “Unlicensed Breeders,” with members: Ferguson, Levine, Papke,
and Mercer.
The committee voted to give Attorney Charles Johnson the authority to add
other items for review at his discretion. Sherry Ferguson, Houston Humane
Society, asked if the committee can have discussions with “outside” people
and invite them to meetings, which Johnson confirmed was permissible.

There was discussion and much frustration expressed by the commercial small
business breeders and Committee members regarding “Unlicensed Dog and Cat
Breeders” in Texas who are “flying under the radar.” Francis reported 171
or so licensed breeders [adding it fluctuates]. One committee member went
so far as to claim that there must be more than 10,000 breeders in Texas,
and “We have to be the police officers.” Francis reminded them that
reducing to “four or less intact females” does not require licensing.
Attorney Johnson reminded the Committee that discussion regarding
“Unlicensed Breeders” is not within TDLR’s scope, indicating TDLR regulates
the breeders who fall within the definition in HB 1451. But one of the
committees will be addressing this issue regardless, so their approach may
be interesting.

PART II and possibly PART III on the meeting will follow soon due to space
limitations. So stay tuned as there’s much more with Sherry Ferguson
(Houston Humane Society) offering their services on enforcing the TX Dog and
Cat Breeder Law! Yeehaw!
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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Licensed Breeders
Advisory Committee meets Monday, September 26, at 9:00 am.
The Agenda and more information can be found at:
https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/bre/agendas/breagenda092616.htm
View the meeting on TDLR’s YouTube channel at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrXWzj-62HU .

Item F on the Agenda: Discussion and possible recommendation for
re-adoption of 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 91, Dog or Cat
Breeders, resulting from the four-year rule review.
Item G on the Agenda: Discussion and possible recommendation on the public
comments received by the Department in response to the four-year rule review
of 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 91.
It appears TDLR has included an “out” should discussions become too lengthy,
with “Item H” on the Agenda: Discussion and possible appointment of
Advisory Committee Workgroups to address rulemaking in 16 Texas
Administrative Code, Chapter 91.

TDLR recently asked for “Public Comments ” regarding their 4 year Rule
Review for the Dog/Cat Breeder Program.
From 1,453 comments submitted, there were approx. 1,100 form letters from
“Animal Rights” Extremists.
Another 300 letters were similar requesting the Animal Advisory Committee
“to ban all breeding” – echoing the stated goal of the “Animal Rights
Movement.”
There were 39 comments in support of RPOA’s request to move the program to
the Texas Department of Agriculture or abolish the program.
One licensed breeder’s comment should raise a red flag, stating that he “was
terrified to respond publicly out of fear of reprisals either from TDLR to
my licensee status; or from the Animal [Rights] Advocates who unfairly
rammed this legislation through the Texas State Legislature.” Obviously the
program is tainted and licensees do not feel free to participate as do
citizens in other licensed occupations governed by TDLR.

Humane Society of the U.S., Texas Humane Legislation Network, and ASPCA
continue to spread misinformation to their followers and media regarding
these regulations. All of the concerns they list are already addressed in
the existing rules. RPOA strives once again to keep the truth on the table.
We’ve prepared a 2 page letter for distribution to committee members
Monday, which will be published in an E-News after the meeting is held —
repeating our mantra to “repeal or transfer this program to the Texas
Department of Agriculture.” We’ll have a member in attendance and be
watching the show on youtube at the link above. Enjoy your animals this
weekend!

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Heads Up in Austin!
The Austin Animal Advisory Commission (AAAC) met September 12, 2016,
regarding a proposed ordinance change to require “Mandatory Spay/Neuter” of
dogs and cats on “first impoundment” to replace existing “second
impoundment.” RPOA Austin Chapter Chairman, George Armstrong, attended and
presented our RPOA letter of opposition to all members of the committee.
The AAAC chairman claims this “isn’t Mandatory Spay/Neuter” and the proposal
passed on a 5-4 vote. (So if it isn’t mandatory, the Facility doesn’t have
to do it?) This vote shows progress for us — where votes against Austin
pet owners are usually unanimous. However the proposal should go through
the City Council Health & Human Resources before progressing to a city
council vote. Austin conducted a survey recently asking if a Spay/Neuter
Initiative could reduce animal intake for local shelters. Results were
presented to the Council’s Health & Human Resources Committee previously,
but they made no recommendation for the time being, according to local media
reports. Probably waiting on the AAAC vote. Austin has a long history of
“animal rights” legislative proposals, which exacerbate animal problems and
definitely are NOT the original Winograd “Can’t Legislate No Kill” way.

Imported dogs bring exotic disease risk to Canada, experts warn – Calgary –
CBC News_
(http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/canada-rescue-dogs-import-canines-dis
ease-1.3757656)

Odessa, TX
New article:
(http://www.oaoa.com/news/government/ector_county/article_0028cf64-7c62-11e6
-8554-c71099dedbf5.html)
From: The Cat Fanciers’ Association Legislative Group Legislative
Information Liaison

No link at this time, but this news requires monitoring in California: The
California Veterinary Medical Board is working on regulations that will
effectively ban animal services, like massage, swim therapy, even practices
like grooming, herb and nutritional counseling, and training, unless
provided by licensed veterinarians, or vet techs or physical therapists
supervised by a veterinarian paid to be present.

In case your link didn’t work in our last TX RPOA E-News regarding
Cambridge, MA, it works now!
(http://usark.org/uncategorized/action-alert-cambridge-mass/)

 

September 16, 2016

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Thanks to the South Texas Herpetology Club for this Action Alert below from
the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) website.
http://usark.org/uncategorized/action-alert-cambridge-mass/ . The website
lists all email addresses which can be copied and pasted into an email to
oppose the latest “animal rights” campaign to end all use, breeding, sales
and “ownership” of pets albeit in Cambridge, MA. Just a couple of clicks
and it’s done!

Usually we confine our efforts to Texas, but this is a Humane Society of the
U.S (HSUS) national campaign and has passed in two Texas cities to date: El
Paso and Austin. HSUS visited San Antonio last year, disparaging pet shops
in local media, but nothing has come of it … yet. Tuesday’s E-News
included the Best Friends Animal Society’s support of this HSUS effort. It
must be stopped immediately as it will affect all pet owners in the future.
Send emails when you receive this — even if that’s after the Hearing is
held today.

SUMMARY FROM USARK WEBSITE: This proposed ordinance to amend Title 6 of the
Cambridge, MA Municipal Code would ban the sale of all birds, mammals and
reptiles. Only animals sourced from certified rescues would be available. It
also creates new sourcing, recordkeeping and signage requirements.
This means if you ever wanted a pet leopard gecko, parakeet, guinea pig,
puppy or kitten, you could not get one unless there was one in a qualifying
rescue, or a pet shop had one from a rescue in its retail space. This means
you may NEVER be able to get the pet that is right for you.
The definition of “pet shop” (see below) is extremely vague and could even
be enforced upon any small home breeder or hobbyist.

If this passes, every citizen loses his or her freedom to make a responsible
decision when choosing a pet. Speak up and do not allow Cambridge to take
away the choice to make responsible decisions for its citizens, which could
then spread to directly affect you.
Pet shop is defined as: every place or premise where birds, mammals or
reptiles are kept for the purpose of sale at either wholesale or retail,
import, export, barter, exchange or gift.
LINK to proposed ordinance:
www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MA-Cambridge-Pet-Sale-Ban-2016.pdf

All contact information is on the USARK website link.
Send emails now asking city council members to vote NO on amending Title 6
and the proposed sales ban.
http://usark.org/uncategorized/action-alert-cambridge-mass/

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September 13, 2016

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Below are links to give you an idea what is happening in our country today
regarding animal/pet ownership in every city – in every state.
You can ignore it or you can spread the word and encourage everyone to join
this RPOA e-mail list to be informed. It’s your choice!
Links below are just the tip of the iceberg. The Texas Legislature convenes
mid-January and RPOA is the only animal group representing you. We’re up
against Humane Society of U.S., People for Ethical Treatment of Animals,
ASPCA, Texas Humane Legislation Network, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Best
Friends, Mercy for Animals and numerous other animal extremist groups with
six or ten lobbyists already on payroll.
If you want RPOA to hire a lobbyist this session, spread the word. The RPOA
TEXAS OUTREACH “Legislative Fund’s Piggy Bank” is empty. We must have a
minimum of $50,000 to even get in the door. Are your animals worth fighting
for?

Just a sampling:
Animal Seizures without court order proposed for “animal cruelty”
http://tinyurl.com/hbxwlbf
“Animal Cruelty” has evolved to be “in the eye of the beholder.”
If you have an elderly skinny pet, you’d better “euthanize” it before they
knock on your door.
Unjustified animal seizures have become quite common all over the country.
Be aware.

True Animal Rights Agenda
Inhumane to own pets!
http://tinyurl.com/j33kpfm
Quote: “The goal of animal rights is to end all animal domestication,
including depriving us of our beloved dogs, cats, and other pets.
Most AR activists, like PETA’s zealots, don’t state the pet part boldly.
That would interfere with fund raising, their public image among dog and cat
lovers, and make it more difficult to convince sexy female movie stars to
take off their clothes for animal rights.”

Circus elephant, zoos, aquatic parks and animal rights
http://tinyurl.com/j33kpfm
Quote: “So what evolved in our collective psyche to make us go from
accepting full-bore killing sprees to championing conservation?
Seeing these animals in zoos, aquatic parks, and yes, circuses. Out of
sight, out of mind.”

Best Friends says: “Retail pet store sales bans are a welcome trend that is
putting the squeeze on commercial breeding operations.”
http://tinyurl.com/ppkxxuy
With friends like “Best Friends,” our pets definitely don’t need more
enemies! The noose tightens against ALL pet breeding in the U.S.
“Best Friends” lists cities in each state banning sales of pets from pet
shops in the U.S and Canada. Texas has two cities listed: Austin and El
Paso (not surprising) as both cities are heavily “animal rights” influenced.
Usually “selling” rescued animals is permitted. But how long will those
sources last?
The references are always regarding “commercial” breeding facilities, but
when the anti-breeding ordinances are written and push comes to shove, they
usually affect all breeders — as in our TX HB 1451.

 

August 31, 2016

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Our apologies for all the attachments. Hope they come through. As soon as
our webmaster feels better, this will all be posted on both our websites.
In the meantime, please read, print out, hand deliver, mail or email this
information to all contacts, your legislators and veterinarians, media and
animal related e-mail lists. We can’t delay any longer as the Texas
Legislature convenes in mid- January! We must get rolling, especially with
your personal state legislators.

These attachments cover everything you need to know about the misnamed Texas
“Puppy Mill” Bill HB 1451, which is now law. This bill was written to
eliminate dog and cat breeders in Texas — not “regulate” them! The Animal
Rights Extremists claim USDA regulations required in the new law are NOT
strong enough and continue to lie to legislators and media per Texas Humane
Legislation Networks’ (THLN) publicly stated agenda to “get anything passed
and come back later.” There is no such thing as a “responsible breeder” to
the animal rights extremists. Purebred dogs and cats are not the reason for
shelters being full. “No Kill” Initiatives cause shelter crowding.
National shelter studies confirm 5% are purebred dogs and less than 1%
purebred are cats and for a number of different reasons which are
documented.

It behooves us to simply stress we want the Texas Department of Licensing &
Regulation’s (TDLR) Dog & Cat Breeder Program “REPEALED OR MOVED TO TEXAS
AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT FOR ADMINISTRATION.” The TDLR deck is stacked
against any dog/ cat exhibition show breeders or any hobby sporting dog
breeders who are caught in this “Animal Rights Net.” Please read this
information closely.

The Action Alert is divided into sections to be used many ways as you wish:
Page 1-2 inform on who is behind this onerous regulation, Breeder Definition
(NO “commercial breeders” or “puppymills” definition!), what RPOA wants, new
USDA/APHIS regulations for all pet species, etc. and it links to the other
two attachments to this email.

Attachment #1 to this full report: HSUS, ASPCA and THLN Letter (on
letterhead) which turned in over 400 breeders’ names and websites to TDLR as
violating the new law. Each name demands a “TDLR Investigation” per
statute.

Attachment #2: the TDLR letter to unlicensed breeders which insinuates ALL
Texas dog and cat breeders are required to be licensed … a blatant lie!

One page is on “Financial Statistics” regarding HB 1451. One page on
regulations: “What’s Wrong with HB 1451,” another page on “What’s Wrong
with TDLR and their Dog and Cat Breeders Advisory Committee.” TDLR has NOT
granted any exemptions to this onerous regulation during its 4-years
administration. Instead TDLR has ruled AKC/UKC dog breeders are NOT exempt
under the “Performance” Exemption. This exemption is a vague hazy sloppily
written section which includes no implicit criteria for exemptions. Is it
the breeder, one female dog, one litter (or one dog sold as such), that is
exempt — must it be requested and renewed on an annual basis? All pet
owners should be concerned with this breeder legislation or pets will go the
way of Sea World, the Zoo, and the Barnum & Bailey circus elephants! One by
one … until there are none. Animal Rights is an insidious cancer —
ending all interaction with animals.
Let’s take a stand for our Texas animals!

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Attachment(s) from RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS ALLIANCE | View attachments on the web

3 of 3 File(s)

Website – Action Alert_ Repeal HB 1451.pdf

HSUS et al Letter to TDLR re Breeders 12_2012.pdf

TDLR Breeder Letter.pdf

August 19, 2016

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There’s a boo-boo in yesterday’s TX RPOA E-News referring to the convoluted
HB 1451 definition of a dog/cat breeder — which was undoubtedly originally
written to confuse everyone. We should know better, but sometimes our brain
glosses over regarding this onerous “animal rights” legislation — written
to eliminate dog/cat breeders, not regulate them. It’s been 5 long years
now and is a costly failure, but HSUS perseveres — clamoring for even
stricter regulations than USDA/APHIS! HB 1451 must be repealed or at least
transferred to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDLR) for administration
where animal expertise reigns. Not with TDLR; this is TDLR’s first/only
program that regulates animals in any situation.

It was our statement: “Breeders possessing more than 10 intact females
could be included in future Texas licensing requirements!” that is
incorrect.
This is the EXISTING bar for licensing Texas dog/cat breeders. To
correspond with the wording in state law, we SHOULD have said “LESS than 11
adult intact female animals” could become the new threshold in order to
entrap more breeders. “Adults” are defined as animals over 6 months of age.
The number of intact females is combined with the requirement of even
“offering for sale not fewer than 20 animals in a calendar year.” Show
animals are not exempt as “performance dogs” says TDLR attorney Charles
Johnson. In fact, there is no written criteria for the exemptions in HB
1451. It is up to the inspectors themselves to make the determination.

Additionally, RPOA has no recommendation as to whether our members should
organize to speak at the TDLR meeting August 24th. We have no idea what
TDLR will be proposing. Usually it’s already carved in stone by the time it
goes before the Breeder Advisory Committee anyway, but if you have a day to
waste, go for it.

 

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August 18, 2016

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Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation has notified RPOA of their
upcoming meeting (below) which has Agenda Item # L for: “Discussion and
possible action on the re-adoption of 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter
91, Dog or Cat Breeders, as a result of the four-year rule review.” There’s
no way to know what this will means for Texas “unlicensed and licensed” dog
and cat breeders. GOOD or BAD!

Humane Society of the U.S., their Texas affiliate “Texas Humane Legislation
Network” and friends ASPCA, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Mercy for Animals,
etc. are never satisfied and attend every one of the TDLR Meetings —
proclaiming that USDA/APHIS regulations are NOT strict enough. They never
sleep while our side is simply “too busy.” Or believe “this will never
affect me!” We heard that so many times! Be advised, it will affect every
pet owner in the country if these radicals are not stopped immediately. No
Breeding = No pets.

Breeders possessing more than 10 intact females could be included in future
Texas licensing requirements! The TDLR Breeder Advisory Committee and TDLR
staff are heavily dominated by “animal rights” extremists. THLN even has a
member representing an “animal welfare organization” on the BAC! This
“discussion” is the result of the TDLR request earlier this year for input
and could go “anywhere” because the new law is required to be funded by
license fees and fines and falls far short financially with only 150
licensed breeders on average annually. Isn’t this par for the course for
the HSUS Legislative Agenda? Always failures, but they persevere!
Better be ready because this Legislative Session convening in January will
be a Texas doosey! We already know their “Tethering Law” which we defeated
last session is returning.

MESSAGE FROM TDLR: (You can watch the meeting live at the URL below — if
you can stomach it. Save the link.)
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation is scheduled to meet
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room
(125E) of TDLR’s North Campus Building, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in
Austin.
The agenda is available on TDLR’s web site. View the agenda:
https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/Agendas/Commagendas/agenda082416.htm
The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR’s YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TexasLicensing

August 17, 2016

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Trump Campaign Announces New Agriculture Advisory Committee!
Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/zszbgxg
OR
http://kneb.com/agricultural/trump-campaign-announces-new-agriculture-advisory-committee/

Good list of prominent Agriculture representatives! Two people are from “Protect The Harvest,” a great animal welfare organization.
TEXAS ADVISORS ARE:
Helen Groves – Rancher; daughter of Robert Kleberg (King Ranch). Well known in TX/ranching world
Sid Miller – Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
Red Steagall – Official Cowboy Poet of Texas
Rick Perry – Former Texas governor

August 8, 2016

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As in Dallas (read below), loose/stray dog problems are ALWAYS in the low
income areas and more legislation will not change that. RPOA has been
saying “Keep pets confined to the owner’s property!” for more than 20 years,
but it seems to fall on deaf ears. There’s no Texas city that “enforces”
their Leash Laws — if they even have one. Time will prove whether
municipal “No Kill” Resolutions only exacerbate animal problems. San
Antonio Animal Care Services has not picked up animals since 2007, unless
they are biting, injured or ill animals.

THREE ARTICLES BELOW:
New York Times: Dallas Story
Thousands of Roaming Dogs are Cited As Problem in Poor Areas of Dallas, TX.
(Why weren’t they impounded?)
http://tinyurl.com/zuavlqb

This is the second article we’ve received regarding Odessa, TX, thanks to
the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
Odessans may soon be required by law to spay and neuter their pets.
http://tinyurl.com/hxw96c7
Exemptions granted for any certified “show” breeders or “working dog”
breeders are not worth the paper they are printed on! The “certified” word
is new and if this refers to state or USDA licensed dog/cat breeders, they
wouldn’t be able to operate in city limits anyway due to zoning regulations
that must be met as a commercial facility. “Exemptions” are only proposed
to get overly restrictive legislation passed, then the other foot drops.
Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation has NOT granted a single
exemption to the Texas Dog and Cat Breeder Bill to date.

Is this another No Kill Result? From Benicia, CA:
http://www.ktvu.com/news/184276657-story
Man attacked by adopted pet from Bay Area Shelter.
Shelter was backed up with so many dogs — told him the dog had some
“aggressive tendencies” but it was downplayed!

August 3, 2016
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A forward below from our friend Walt Hutchen’s national Pet Law List regarding this “voluntary” program. We agree with Carlotta’s assessment.
Carlotta wrote: “This is the program they have been working on at Purdue for the past couple of years. Oddly enough, the outcome corresponds closely with many of the demands made by HSUS in the petition for rulemaking that they sent to USDA-APHIS in September 2015. HSUS has recently started one of their petition drives to get USDA to act on their petition and raise standards for dog breeders under the AWA.”

<http://caninecarecertified.org/newsrelease80216/>
National Certification Program – Canine Care Certified – Establishes Rigorous Standards for Professional Breeders August 2, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 2, 2016): Recognized animal health and well-being experts and animal scientists from academia, along with leaders representing the pet industry, veterinary medicine and animal welfare organizations, today joined together to introduce a new national certification program for the care of dogs and puppies by professional breeders. Canine Care Certified , a national, voluntary program that sets rigorous standards for professional breeders, was developed after three years of research at Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science and was peer-reviewed by animal scientists and canine welfare experts from major academic institutions.

“This is a program with expansive reach, deep substance, and pilot testing to ensure it works. For professional breeders, there should be no more important business practice than ensuring the health and well-being of their dogs,” said Dr. Candace Croney, director of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science. “We took a hard, thorough look at public expectations, the relationship of breeders with their dogs and what those mean for dogs’ long-term physical and behavioral health. Then, we framed that relationship in the context of a comprehensive and truly unprecedented program that can be continuously improved and strengthened. The fact that participation is voluntary indicates the level to which participating breeders are committed to doing right by their dogs and the public.”

The certification program standards address five pillars of care, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Physical health : Only veterinarians may perform any necessary surgeries. Breeders must also work with their veterinarians to develop comprehensive physical health plans for preventative care and treatment of dogs; genetic testing and health screening are required.
* Environment : Enriched, high-quality spaces must be provided by breeders with access to the outdoors and multiple flooring surfaces.
* Behavioral health : Caretakers must have a behavioral wellness plan to promote behaviorally sound dogs and puppies, and to address any behavior problems, as well as provide exercise, psychological enrichment and socialization for adult dogs and puppies.
* Breeding life and retirement : Breeders must follow established limits for retirement and rehoming. Adult dogs at retirement must be spayed or neutered and then retired in place or rehomed.
* Caretaker expectations : Breeders must participate in relevant continuing education topics such as dog care, genetics, health and welfare; must use low-stress handling procedures; be transparent with stakeholders; compliant with best practices as outlined in the standards; and willing to participate in third-party audits of their kennels.

While a number of other canine welfare programs address basic physical needs and genetic health, Canine Care Certified goes above and beyond those programs by also providing detailed standards in critically important areas of animal behavior, including socialization. Further, the certification program also addresses challenging issues of professional breeding, including breeding ages, litter limits, and transparency. Unlike most programs that exist today, the standards are based on current scientific research by Purdue University and will incorporate ongoing and new canine welfare research findings.
To request certification, breeders complete a pre-certification application and, upon approval, undergo an audit by an independent auditing firm. Breeders who meet the criteria for certification and successfully pass the third-party audit will be designated as Canine Care Certified. While a full team of auditors still must be trained in the specific program standards, the goal is to audit breeders no less than bi-annually.

“The AKC applauds Dr. Croney and the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science for applying the scientific method to the optimization of kennel standards and practices,” said Mark Dunn, Senior Vice President, Registration & Customer Development, American Kennel Club. “Likewise, we are proud of the breeders who have stepped up to participate in the Center’s research studies and who have opened their kennels to new ideas and formal third-party audits. All responsible breeders are dedicated to the physical, mental and social needs of their dogs. This ongoing research, education and applied science will benefit all breeders and the dogs they love.”

“The Canine Care Certified standards are a good first step because they recognize that good welfare goes beyond maintaining good health,” said renowned animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University. “Health is an essential part of welfare but to attain a high standard of welfare also requires providing for basic behavior needs.”
The certification program has been pilot tested with 16 professional breeders since early 2015. The confidential research project provided additional learnings for the standards development process. There are more than 1,500 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-licensed breeders in the United States.
“Our mission is focused on animal welfare,” said Bernadette Juarez, animal care, deputy administrator, USDA. “We strongly support the efforts of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science to expand the body of knowledge relating to canine welfare.”

No other program sets standards that are as rigorous or as comprehensive as those provided by Canine Care Certified. Regulatory programs often provide a “one-size-fits-all” minimum level of standards as required by law, none of which fully address areas such as behavior or socialization. Other voluntary programs do not have substantive measurement and evaluation provisions. Further, the Canine Care Certified program is available to any breeder, regardless of size, that commits to meeting the standards, potentially expanding the scope of the program beyond just licensed breeders. USDA licensing only applies to breeders with a certain number of dogs.

The campaign will raise awareness that dogs and puppies from certified breeders have been raised in a manner that focuses on care of the animals’ physical, psychological and behavioral needs. While the animals will still display “typical” puppy and dog behaviors (potty training needs, chewing, etc.), the unique standards for behavior and socialization of puppies and dogs raised by a Canine Care Certified breeder should ease the animals’ adjustment to home and family life.

(READ MORE AT LINK ABOVE)

July 27, 2017

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Although RPOA organized 25 years ago as an American Kennel Club (AKC) state
federation for Texas, we always knew that standing alone was not enough. So
we network with many other “animal welfare” organizations opposing the
radical Animal “Rights” Legislative Agenda to end all interaction with
animals.
Thanks to Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance for calling this
website to our attention!

AKC has set up a fantastic website regarding legislative issues:
http://cqrcengage.com/akc/toolbox which is chockful of helpful information
and tutorials on legislative issues, including a box at the bottom to enter
your address and receive a list of all your elected legislators, which links
to their websites. BOOKMARK IT! It’s easy to send all of your legislators
a special message. Thanks to AKC for being there for us as we prepare for
the Texas Legislature which convenes in mid-January! Are you ready?

 

July 19, 2016

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: 2008 American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Show in Dallas and
“Animal Connection of Texas,” a vegan animal rights group.

What fuels RPOA’s passion to save and protect our animals from the crazies?
Knowledge! We know too much.
This is the first of occasional “TX RPOA Blasts From The Past” and we hope
they’ll arouse that same passion in our readers, in case you missed out on
our beginnings in 1991.

Animal Connection of Texas’ (ACT) protest outside the Dallas Market Hall was
held during the 2008 AKC dog shows July 5th, and 6th – 8 years ago, but ACT
is still going strong.
Their hate-filled message — then and now — as it never changes: “It’s
important that we don’t let these BREEDER/MURDERERS OF SHELTER DOGS have
their fun at homeless dogs’ expense. We will have signs and literature, so
you don’t need to bring anything but yourself!”

Check out their vegan website: www.animalconnectiontx.org for more recent
protests planned by Animal Connection of Texas, Texans Exposing Petland,
North Texas Animal Rights Network, Humane Society of the U.S., and PETA.
They brag of closing down 3 of 5 Petland stores, with two more to go in
Dallas and Frisco in D/FW area. Ringling Bros. Circus Protest is planned on
August 6 and Dallas Zoo on August 27th … and more. They urge letters be
sent to their compadres in jail. I’m sure we’ll meet these same groups at
the Texas Legislature convening in January 2017 with their “No More Animals”
Agenda!
Please join RPOA at www.rpoatexasoutreach and make our voices heard! If not
you, who?

July 15, 2016

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Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) never sleeps and is never
satisfied with legislation passed affecting animal ownership at local, state
and federal levels. It’s “incremental steps” for HSUS and their Texas
affiliate “Texas Humane Legislation Network.” The “Puppy Mill” word must be
addressed, exposed and discredited as representing HSUS’ radical agenda to
end all pet breeding in the U.S. The Texas 2011 misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill
did not include the “commercial” word and includes cat breeders. How many
purebred cats do you see in animal shelters? Or truly purebred dogs for
that matter? With 3 licensed cat breeders in Texas (probably dual USDA
licensed), can we say HB 1451 was passed based on lies and propaganda
campaigns?
Check out this link:
Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/hmsaa5n
Or
http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2016/07/hsus-usda-petition-standards-of-
care-puppy-mills.html

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June 30, 2016

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Six months and counting! The 2017 Texas Legislature convenes in January and
the rubber hits the road for a full 6 months! ASPCA, Animal Legal Defense
Fund, Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), and their Texas partner “Texas
Humane Legislation Network” (THLN) already have their legislative agenda in
the works with bill sponsors and supporters — some are re-runs. THLN
blames RPOA and sporting dog groups for killing their “Tethering Bill” last
session and will bring it back plus new anti-pet bills surely. THLN wrote
the original state Tethering Law years ago which has proven to be
unenforceable, but they never give up! THLN also stands guard over the 2011
Texas Licensed Dog & Cat Breeders Program, to keep RPOA from getting any
legislative changes. In fact, they claim the required USDA regulations at a
minimum are not strong enough!

Time to get to work; buckle up, put on your hip boots because the B.S. has
begun and never ends with these people! “Animal Rights” extremists have
publicly stated that they’d never get their legislative agenda passed if
they told the truth, so they build on lies and propaganda campaigns to
change perceptions. It would be helpful if each of you set up an e-mail
“group” to educate your personal veterinarian(s), personal Texas
representatives and senators, media, newspaper editorial boards and special
reporters assigned to animal related articles. Fax numbers are even better
— not as easy to delete. We must get Texas Veterinary Medical Association
back on our side as they were in 2009 when we defeated the first Dog & Cat
Breeder Bill. This is NOT a “commercial” breeder bill and Texas Department
of Licensing & Regulation has ruled that AKC and UKC show/hobby breeders and
exhibitors are not exempt under the “Performance Dog” Section.

It’s imperative that we unite under one umbrella – preserving our historic
relationship with animals. We’ll be contacting all other animal interests
in Texas to work together. RPOA is not a social “club,” so personal
relationships are irrelevant. Talk to your clubs/groups about donating to
our Legislative Fund. (See below.) We have an old saying: “None of us is
as smart as all of us.” RPOA is updating our websites and all materials —
developing new Fact Sheets for your use. We need YOU!

RPOA organized 25 years ago and maintains an office in San Antonio, Texas,
with all the expense that entails. There was a dire need to keep the truth
and a reasonable voice at the table while studying Texas animal problems and
possible solutions. We never envisioned that we’d be statewide today.
Special “animal rights” targets have been California, Florida and Texas, if
you haven’t noticed!

At this time, we only have $8,000 in our Legislative Fund for lobbyists,
attorneys and other legislative expenses. Not even a down payment! The
“animal rights” extremists usually have at least six lobbyists each session.
HSUS is pouring millions into Texas!
Donations can be made to RPOA online with PayPal at:
RPOA Texas Outreach
www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
(Donations are not tax deductible)
Or Mail To: RPOA Texas Outreach
900 NE Loop 410 #311-D
San Antonio, TX 78209

June 24, 2016

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Dallas city officials don’t seem to be aware that Mandatory Spay/Neuter of
Pets is NOT a new idea. It’s been tested and proven to be a failure
wherever it passed 20 years ago. Animal related legislation only
exacerbates animal problems and solves nothing!
There’s still time for a reasonable voice in Dallas! A city council
committee will be presented with possible action in August, according to
this article. City staff is considering lobbying our Texas state
legislature to allow criminal charges against any owner whose dog injures
someone, and giving animal control the power to seize dogs found to be
unsterilized! I doubt they even know what the existing Dangerous Dog Law
says in Texas.
Read more:
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June 23, 2016

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Seems to be Open Season on Texas animal owners! (See Dallas concerns
below.) Do you have one of our RPOA “Don’t Mess With Texas Pets!” bumper
stickers? (Just send any donation.)

Be on the alert in your area and provide a reasonable voice regarding Texas
animal issues. Once a proposed ordinance is in writing, it is much harder
to have any influence on changing or blocking it. Attend city Animal
Advisory Committee Meetings. Yes, we know how boring they are! Enforcing
Leash Laws — confining pets to their own property would solve 95% of dog
problems.

STORY #1:
Dallas Takes Action on Loose Dogs After Pit Bulls Kill Woman — By cracking
down on loose dogs found regularly in the city’s poorer neighborhoods.
http://tinyurl.com/jfekuej
Dallas ramped up arrests of dog owners, hired a consultant and they are
reviewing several proposals, including an insurance policy for “dangerous
breeds.” AP Article quotes Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). Why anyone
considers HSUS to be an authority on animal issues is puzzling, to say the
least.

Reporter says Houston has increased funding since 2009 to more than $12
million. The article mistakenly adds San Antonio to the list of cities with
a similar problem AND insufficient funding. If the AP reporter had checked,
he would have found that San Antonio has increased funding to $12.5 million
since 2007. How much does it take to enforce Leash Laws? San Antonio still
has a horrendous stray dog problem in low income areas of the city as do
most Texas cities. Spay/Neuter of pets is only one part of the equation.

STORY #2:
http://tinyurl.com/zjrlqh3
Dallas Weighs “Catch and Kill Policy” for Loose Animals
City staffers did not identify the areas with the “highest incidence of
injuries by animals” that could be eligible for a catch-and-kill policy.
City staff proposes eliminating hold times on “community cats, underage
animals, and/or strays impounded from these areas.
Please make your voices heard!

June 22, 2016

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RPOA just received this message below (due to -email gremlins) regarding the
Austin, Texas, City Council Meeting tomorrow (Thursday, June 23) to amend
their Animal Ordinance with Item 2: Disposition of Impounded Animals.”
BELOW IS A FORWARDED MESSAGE RPOA HAS RECEIVED.
WE CONCUR WITH THEIR EFFORTS TO “KILL ITEM 2: PROPOSED ANIMAL ORDINANCE.”
PLEASE INCLUDE THOSE WORDS IN YOUR “SUBJECT LINE!” Council members won’t
read all the messages.
You can email all city council members at once by using this e-mail address:
https://austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members

RPOA has been expecting municipal animal control divisions to panic in
response to the Texas Supreme Court decision in the Lira case regarding
“ownership” of an impounded dog in Houston, Texas. RPOA filed a brief in
the lawsuit supporting Zandra Anderson’s clients, the Liras, regarding
impoundment and subsequent transfer of their German Shepherd dog to a
Houston Rescue Group, who later refused to return their dog to them. After
a very lengthy process, the Liras finally got their GSD back.

Pet ownership is under attack from many angles; the “Animal Rights”
extremists and municipalities. No more animals. No more animal problems.
Breed identification for impounded dogs and cats has always been a major
problem – which makes reclaiming them from municipal facilities very
difficult – if not impossible – at times. Rescue organizations quickly
disperse “rescued” dogs to other rescuers all over the country and their
owners may never find them to get them returned. A microchip would help,
but shouldn’t be a government mandate as that also punishes low income pet
owners.

FORWARDED TO RPOA:
There is a Draft Ordinance posted on Austin City Council
Agenda that is bad for ALL people whose pets are impounded, but it is
ESPECIALLY bad for POOR people.

This Draft Ordinance is supposedly in response to the Texas Supreme
Court decision in the Lira case issued April 1, but instead of
resolving a relatively minor issue, it creates HUGE ones.

The Draft Ordinance would allow the Austin Animal Center to transfer
an impounded pet to ANY 501c3 animal organization BEFORE THE PETS
STRAY-HOLD TIME IS UP.

It does not stipulate that the 501c3 must be in Travis County.
It does not stipulate any standards for the 501c3 that an impounded pet
may be transferred to.

Furthermore, the pet becomes the property of the 501c3 after the 3 day
stray hold period is up, even if the pet owner was not able to track
down his or her pet because the pet was NOT AT THE SHELTER and even if
the pet was not correctly posted on the city website during the three
days due to staff error, or because the website was down.

This is very bad for all pet owners but especially bad for poor pet
owners who don’t have computers, or Internet access, or good
transportation, who don’t speak English, or who can’t take time off from
work to drive to several rescue groups locations to see if the blurry
photos on the city website is of their pet.

The Draft Resolution can be found as a back-up document on the Agenda, Item
2. via the link
below: ANIMAL SERVICES OFFICE
2. Approve an ordinance repealing and replacing city code sections
3-1-25 and 3-1-26 relating to the reclamation of an impounded animal and the
disposition of an unclaimed impounded animal and making conforming
changes to a city code section 3-2-32. [1]
http://tinyurl.com/j9mwn6k
You can speak at City Council this Thursday.
You can email all city council members at once by using this emailing:
https://austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members

Mayor Steve Adler: 512-978-2100
Council Member Sabino Renteria: 512-978-2103
Council Member Ann Kitchen: 512-978-2105
Council Member Ellen Troxclair: 512-978-2108
Council Member Delia Garza: 512-978-2102
Council Member Sheri Gallo: 512-978-2110
Council Member Greg Casar: 512-978-2104
Council Member Leslie Pool: 512-978-2107
Council Member Kathy Tovo: 512-978-2109
Council Member Ora Houston: 512-978-2101
Council Member Don Zimmerman: 512-978-2106

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June 11, 2016

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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is reviewing the
Licensed Dog and Cat Breeders Program in Texas for re-adoption, revision, or
repeal. TDLR will determine whether the reasons for re-adopting these rules
continue to exist. There never was any reason for adopting these rules —
they’re simply a national “animal rights” legislative agenda.

Please e-mail TDLR by midnight MONDAY, June 13th, supporting RPOA’s position
below. The program is required by statute to cover all administration and
enforcement costs with license fees, inspection fees, and fines. Bill
proponents lied to legislators, predicting in the House that 1,000 breeders
would be licensed, which was lowered later to 600 breeders in the Senate.
Neither proven to be true!

Per TDLR Open Record Request, Licensed Dog & Cat Breeders include: 75 dog
breeders (with 11-25 intact females) @ annual $300 license fee =
$22,500 Income. Three (3) cat breeders and 85 dog breeders (26 or more
intact females) @ annual $500 license fee = $44,000 Income. Total License
Fees Income = $66,500.
TDLR did not respond to our Open Records Request regarding the number of
dual licensed breeders.

Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov .
Please support Responsible Pet Owners Alliance’s Position:
The Texas Dog and Cat Breeder Law (HB 1451) is a national “animal rights”
legislative agenda and should be repealed entirely or administration
transferred under the Texas Department of Agriculture. The biased Breeder
Advisory Committee must be abolished!
This is TDLR’s only “animal” program. TDLR admits they have no animal
expertise and depend on their biased Breeder Advisory Committee for
guidance. Oklahoma transferred their Pet Breeder Program to be under
Oklahoma Agriculture Department in 2012 and abolished their Breeder Advisory
Committee for the same reasons we face in Texas.

American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club show/hobby breeders and
exhibitors are caught in the “animal rights” net as TDLR has ruled these
breeders are NOT exempt under the “Performance Dog” exemption. This new law
was always meant to “eliminate” — not “regulate” dog and cat breeders.
TDLR
enforcement of the misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill (HB 1451) began September 1,
2012 and is a disaster less than 4 years later.

June 5, 2016

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PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL BREED/SPECIES ANIMAL GROUPS AND E-MAIL LISTS ASKING
FOR THEIR HELP.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is now reviewing the
Licensed Dog and Cat Breeder Program and accepting public comments to
determine whether the reasons for adopting, re-adopting, revising or
repealing HB 1451 (the misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill) exist. They ask: Is it
obsolete? Does it reflect current legal and policy consideration? Is it in
alignment with TDLR’s current procedures?

TDLR is in overload with even more new licensing programs to administer and
insufficient staff.
Per their website, TDLR says their business model focuses on efficiency in
licensing and regulation. To ensure they maintain their focus, TDLR also
asks themselves these following four key questions:

1. Is there sufficient critical mass of licensees to justify a licensing
program? Answer is: NO! After 3 years, Texas Licensed Breeders include
75 dog breeders (with 11-25 intact females) @ annual $300 license fee.
Three (3) cat breeders and 85 dog breeders (26 or more intact females) @
annual $500 license fee. HB 1451 is mandated by statute to be
self-supported by license fees, inspection fees, and fines. Some breeders
are dual licensed with USDA.

DO THE MATH! TDLR Penalties Assessed for 2014 and 2015 total: $28,875.
Penalties Collected for these years total: $13,725.
Four (4) Inspectors hired: $163,200 in annual salaries, not counting
lawyers, fine collection, and general costs of doing business. No way the
program generates enough income to pay for itself.
Lies told at HB 1451 passage: “There would be 1,000 licensed breeders!”
Then later revised in the Senate to predict “600 licensed breeders.” None
of this has been proven to be true as RPOA has said all along.

2. Are there regulatory alternatives to a licensing program? If another
entity — federal, state, or local — already effectively regulates in this
area, a state licensing program may not be necessary. Answer is: YES!
There are federal USDA/APHIS regulations for commercial breeders
(“commercial” word isn’t even in HB 1451). There are state and local Animal
Cruelty Laws to address all individuals and substandard breeding facilities.
HB 1451 is redundant and provides an animal rights harassment “tool” for
their hate campaign toward ALL animal breeders.

3. Can the licensing program fit the functional business model at TDLR,
which relies on electronic applications and renewals, online payments, and
integration into our licensing software? Answer is: NO! Live animals can
NOT fit this business model and require “hands on” by persons with animal
expertise. TDLR has no other animal programs and no animal expertise.

4. Does the program fit with the TDLR competencies? Answer is: NO! TDLR
says that they must rely on the biased Breeder Advisory Committee (BAC) for
advice. The BAC is dominated by “animal rights” activists, who lobbied
heavily for the bill’s passage in 2011. Oklahoma transferred their Breeder
License Program to the OK Agriculture Department and abolished the Breeder
Advisory Committee for these same reasons.

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance’s official position is that HB 1451 MUST be
REPEALED or as a last resort — TRANSFERRED to be administered by Texas
Department of Agriculture, AND ABOLISH the Breeder Advisory Committee. Rep.
Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) has blocked our efforts for changes to “her”
bill during the last two Legislative Sessions. Texas never was a “puppy
mill” state or “worst in the U.S.” as legislators were told!

Remember: Submit your comments to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov by Monday,
June 13. The “animal rights extremists” will definitely do so.

 

May 16, 2016

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Responsible Pet Owners Alliance has been working on this for 5 years now!
What a great opportunity! However the “Animal Rights” Gods will bring down
their wrath on TDLR! The news will spread like wildfire all across the
country; HSUS and Friends will oppose any action to change or repeal their
misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill. Remember “HB 1451,” the “Puppy Mill” Bill that
doesn’t even contain the “commercial” word? That word was removed at the
first committee meeting! We’ll be counting on you, our veterinarians and
the media to stand with us to protect our historic relationship with
animals.

We’ve tried the last two legislative sessions to get changes to the new law,
but Rep. Senfronia Thompson blocked our efforts by threatening legislators
not to mess with her bill or they’ll never get their bills through her
Consent Calendar Committee. With state elections looming and the Texas
Legislature convening in January, this is the time to ramp up our efforts.
Stayed tuned.
This new state law is a national “animal rights” legislative agenda to end
all breeding of pets. No breeding = No pets! Purebred dogs and cats are
simply the “canary in the coal mine.” Yes, they really mean ALL pets, as in
the new USDA/APHIS Ruling to end Internet Sales.
Read below:

From: Notice From TDLR [mailto:tdlrnotice@public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 7:35 AM
To: rpoa@texas.net
Subject: Licensed Breeders Rule Review

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is reviewing the
Licensed Breeders program (Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 91)
for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. TDLR will determine whether the
reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by
answering the following questions for each rule:
. Is it obsolete?
. Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
. Is it in alignment with TDLR’s current procedures?
TDLR encourages anyone interested in the Licensed Breeders program to review
the Notice of Intent http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/bre/breprop.htm and current
Chapter 91 rules http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/bre/brerules.htm .
Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov . The
deadline for comments is June 13, 2016.
Questions? Post them on TDLR’s Facebook page, tweet us or email
CS.Breeders@tdlr.texas.gov

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May 3, 2016

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The Republican Party of Texas biennial state convention is being held
Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 12-14, 2016) at the Kay Bailey Hutchison
Convention Center “Hall E” in Dallas. Due to great success at their last
convention, we’ve reserved an exhibitor booth once again at the reduced rate
of $1,250. You can be sure Texas Humane Legislative Network, the Humane
Society of the United States partner in our state, will have a booth as
usual with paid staff. We have no paid staff, so we’re counting on our
volunteers! It is a real “positive” for legislators to see animals owned
and managed in a responsible manner.

We are only as strong as our membership and cannot do this without your
help. RPOA is “you!” If you can help, email rpoa@texas.net asap as we must
order badges for everyone, which must be picked up for admission. We have
permission to bring in Service and Therapy Dogs to attract attendees to our
booth.

We’ll have 2 1/2 days at the Convention to hand out informational flyers to
reach as many as 11,000 delegates, alternatives, elected officials,
dignitaries, and current candidates for election attending the event to
market our organization and share our message. As we prepare for the
upcoming Texas Legislative Session, this is a very important venture for us.
But we need your help to staff the booth. Expenses will be reimbursed for
parking, gas and food for the day for volunteers from the Dallas/Ft Worth
area. Hours are adjustable to your availability. We hope to staff our
booth from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM Thursday and Friday. Saturday is a shorter
day and depends on when the crowd thins or around 3:00 or 4:00 PM.
Convention breaks down early Saturday.

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April 28, 2016

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Thanks to Jack Hanna for speaking out to Fox News — exposing the radical
“animal rights” agenda. Sea World has been bullied into ending their
breeding program for orcas and dedicating $50 million to go directly to fund
conservation and rescue missions. All good intentions, but If all breeding
of animals is regulated out of existence, it doesn’t take rocket science to
know there will no more animals in the future. Please forward and cross
post as this breakthrough is just the beginning of the end to Humane Society
of the U.S. and “friends.”

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/04/26/fresh-off-seaworld-victory-animal-
rights-groups-take-aim-at-zoos-circuses-and-maybe-your-pet.html
OR
Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/jctaq6n
One excerpt from this great article:
“Americans may one day find the full agenda of animal rights groups hits
even closer to home,” said Jack Hanna, host of the syndicated “Jack Hanna’s
Into The Wild” TV series and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and
Aquarium.
“Animal rights activists believe all animals, including your dog or cat,
should have the same rights as people and be free; therefore they shouldn’t
be in human care under any circumstances,” Hanna said.

 

April 19, 2016

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Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), the Texas cohort of “Humane Society
of the U.S.,” dominates the Texas State Bar Animal Law Section. We have a
few RPOA attorney friends there also, but you won’t see their names listed
as speakers below! THLN has a new face (although Cile Holloway and Skip
Trimble are still advisors). Laura Donahue is the new THLN Executive
Director. You may recognize the names of many Texas “animal rights”
extremists below: Fran Ortiz, Joel Hailey (San Antonio activist), Shelby
Bobosky and Laura Donahue with THLN, and Don Feare. Carney Anne Nasser is
with Animal Legal Defense Fund, the national organization seeking
“personhood” for all animals.
The “Legal Efforts to Address the Federal Animal Welfare Act” should be very
interesting in light of the new USDA rule requiring breeders of ALL species
of pets to be USDA licensed if possessing more than 4 “breeding females”
(not defined) AND who sell one animal “sight unseen.” We haven’t heard of
any enforcement in Texas of the new rule yet and it is mind boggling to
believe it can be done without hiring many more inspectors. But the
extremists never give up and work in incremental steps.

Most of the THLN and Animal Law Section leadership has crossed over with
ALDF membership for many years, especially Skip Trimble. Remember RPOA
celebrates our 25th Anniversary this year so we know them well — meeting
them at city halls or in the halls of the state legislature.

For more information:

2018 Animal Law Institute


Texas State Bar Animal Law Section
2016 Animal Law Institute Speakers:

Estate Planning and Legal Ethics in Animal Law – Joel Hailey, Attorney at
Law and President, Hailey Foundation
Animal Cruelty Prosecutions from Seizure to Trial – Lara Tomlin, Assistant
D.A., Denton County
Case Law Update – Fran Ortiz, Professor, South Texas College of Law
Legal Efforts to Address Federal Animal Welfare Act Implementation Issues
– Delci Winders, Animal Law Fellow, Harvard Law School
Getting Political for Animals – Shelby Bobosky, President, Texas Humane Leg.
Network; Laura Donahue, Executive Director, Texas Humane Leg. Network
Captive Animals & the Law: A Legal Analysis of Orca Breeding Bans & the
Importation of Wild Elephants – Carney Anne Nasser, Sr. Counsel for Wildlife
& Reg. Affairs, ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund)
Breed-Specific Legislation: Inaccurate, Expensive and Proven
Ineffective- Don Feare, Law Offices of Donald D. Feare, PC & Adjunct
Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

March 31, 2016

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Thanks to Walt Hutchens’ Pet Law List for the following information! RPOA
purchased a $1,500 booth at the Texas Republican Party Convention in Dallas
May 12-16 in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. If you can staff
the booth for us — all expenses paid, let us know. If you have a Service
Dog to bring, even better! It’s time to “saddle up” for the upcoming Texas
Legislative Session in January. Texas Humane Legislative Network (partnered
with Humane Society of the U.S.) has already set their legislative agenda.
RPOA will be announcing our legislative agenda soon and we need YOU! Also
let us know if you are a delegate to the Republican or Democrat State
Conventions. This is an excellent way to talk to many legislators and hand
them a flyer!

Green Party National Committee Votes to Establish Animal Rights Committee

http://www.gp.org/green_party_national_committee_votes_to_establish_animal_r
ights_committee
The Green Party of the United States National Committee has voted 67-14 to
establish a GPUS Animal Rights Committee. There were eight abstentions. The
National Committee voted to establish rules for the Animal Rights Committee
by a similar margin.
According to the approved proposal, the Animal Rights Committee will “inform
and advise Green Party candidates and officeholders on animal rights
issues,” “develop resolutions and official position statements on animal
rights issues, consistent with the GPUS Platform, for consideration by the
National Committee,” “develop amendments to the GPUS Platform on animal
rights issues, for consideration by the National Committee,” and “ropose
endorsement of legislation of national and state significance, as well as
endorsement of marches, demonstrations and similar actions of national
significance, that support animal rights and are consistent with the GPUS
Platform, for consideration by the National Committee,” among other tasks.
The full text of the approved proposal is available online.

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Susan and I worked on legislation together for many, many years, she was truly dedicated to our cause.  Many of her articles she posted to cat-law will remain there as the information that SAOVA is timeless.

This is why it is so important for the survival of our hobby that we all work together, Susan was convinced like so many of us that the issue is so big that not one person or one group can tackle the task alone, but if we all work together we can make a difference.

Shirley Lawler

March 19, 2016
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Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas has lost a dear friend and
colleague in the “Animal Rights Wars.”
Susan Wolf, with Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners Alliance (SAOVA), passed away
last week and will be sorely missed.
Memorial information is below.

Susan Ann Wolf April 27, 1947 – March 14, 2016
Obituary:
Susan Ann Wolf, 68, of Spencer, NC passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2016.

Born in Baltimore, MD on April 27, 1947, she was the daughter of the late
Mildred Bergloew Nicholson and Dallas Nicholson.
She was an office administrator for Dewberry & Davis Surveying in
Charlotte, NC. Susan was Lutheran by faith.

Susan was the founding member of the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog
Club, founding member and officer of the NC Responsible Animal Owners
Alliance, founding member and officer of the Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners
Voting Alliance. In addition, she was the owner, editor and publisher of
“The Southern Sheltie Directory”.

Those left to cherish her memories are her sons Michael Wolf (Diana) of
Germantown, NC and Mark Wolf of Spencer, NC.

She was a loving mother and friend. She will be missed by all.
As a lover of dogs, she knew they had a soul which enabled them to feel
love, loyalty and gratitude.

Services: A private family service will be held.
http://www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com/new_view.php?id=5360187
Memorials can be sent to Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners Voting Alliance, Post
Office Box 18832, Hattiesburg, MS 39404 and/or North Carolina Responsible
Animal Owners Alliance, Post Office Box 455, Stem, NC 27581.

February 10, 2016

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A big “THANK YOU” TO HOUSTON ALL TERRIER CLUB FOR THEIR RECENT $500
DONATION!
Also thanks to our anonymous Dallas Lottery player for $95 in winning
lottery tickets; thanks to
another anonymous $200 donor and several recurring monthly donors!
All this helps make the wheels go round as RPOA can’t exist on your love
alone.
Donations can be made with Pay Pal at www.rpoatexasoutreach.org .

The AUSTIN ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION Meeting was held FEBRUARY 8th. Seems
someone in Austin really wants mandatory spay/neuter of dogs and cats, in
spite of proof it doesn’t lower the number of euthanized pets. It’s not the
shelter director. MSN has been a documented failure for over 20 years.
Good video below.
TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/zz9m756
OR:
http://keyetv.com/news/local/commission-to-propose-mandatory-spayneuter-ordinance-in-austin

January 22, 2016

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

San Antonio Express News has an excellent story today regarding the upcoming
AKC Westminster Dog Show. Even mentions PETA.

TINY URL: http://tinyurl.com/znhjkd7

January 20, 2016

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Humane Society of the U.S. continues to be exposed. However now ASPCA runs
the same type TV ads and is always working hand-in-hand with HSUS regarding
all their anti-pet state legislation. Texas Humane Legislation Network,
HSUS and ASPCA hold a joint Lobby Day in Austin, TX, every legislative
session.

Don’t be fooled by Glitz, Glamour or Sad Puppies (Humane Society of the
U.S.)
http://beatricedailysun.com/sports/local/article_8ffe2def-4ccc-5579-a54f-b2a
b43d2170b.html
Or Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/gsqlbno

January 13, 2016

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Sorry for the late notice, but word has come in from multiple sources about
this TV story in Austin, TX last night:
Austin considers mandatory spay/neuter ordinance
Thanks to all our RPOA eyes and ears out there!

Our RPOA Austin Chapter Chairman George Armstrong will be attending this
meeting but hopefully others will also attend to oppose Mandatory Pet
Spay/Neuter as it is a proven failure where it passed 20 years ago and since
then. Unfortunately those new to animal issues always drag out this old
proposal. Apparently Austin’s “second” No Kill Resolution is not working;
old and new Austin animal shelters are filled beyond capacity with stray and
abandoned cats and dogs. They handled more than 18,600 animals in last
fiscal year! Districts in East Austin have remained a major problem for
years. In every city there are always certain problem neighborhoods that
should be targeted with leash law enforcement and special free and low cost
programs — not by punishing the entire city with unenforceable ordinances
which only exacerbate animal problems. There is no Silver Bullet!
There are two items on the Agenda: Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance, and an
ordinance which “generally” prohibits animal cruelty and protects animals.
There are background items at the links below. Be advised the links will
probably break in this notice. They can be copied and pasted into your
server, probably in two separate sections. We’ll “try” to keep you informed
but then it’s up to our local membership!

Austin Health & Human Services Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
2:00 pm
At City Hall
301 W 2nd Street
Austin, TX

http://austintexas.gov/department/city-council/council_committee_info_center
.htm

http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1028&doctyp
e=agenda

January 12, 2016

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Please forward and cross post!

Our appreciation to the American Kennel Club for their support below. RPOA
of Texas has expanded over the years to include owners of all species of
pets and pet clubs, not only AKC clubs, in an effort to preserve our
historic relationships with animals which is under daily attack from “animal
rights” extremists. 2016 is a very important year for Texas.

AKC posted the message below today:
Dear Texas Kennel Clubs and Dog Owners:
As you know, the AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) works closely
with its state federations to address canine legislative issues around the
country.  Federations play a key role in ensuring that your rights as
breeders, exhibitors, and owners are protected.  AKC federations are
generally comprised of kennel clubs, kennel club volunteers and other
responsible owners and breeders who care about the well-bring of all dogs,
the future of purebred dogs, and the right to responsibly own and breed
dogs.

The Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA) serves as your AKC state
federation, working to protect and promote the rights of dog owners,
fanciers, and breeders in Texas.  RPOA has been an AKC state federation and
has administered a Pet Education, Assistance and Rescue (PEAR) program
statewide for more than 20 years.  Based in San Antonio, RPOA has an office
with salaried PEAR Program Director and all the expenses an office usually
incurs.  In addition, the All Species Rescue Program provides a statewide
network to keep purebred dogs, cats, and other species of pets from becoming
shelter statistics.

In addition, RPOA’s affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, the RPOA
Texas Outreach, lobbies at the Texas State Legislature.  RPOA networks each
legislative session with many other animal organizations in Texas. Our
rights as responsible dog owners, fanciers, and breeders continue to be
threatened.  In 2015, AKC GR tracked over 1,700 bills at the local, state,
and federal levels that had the potential to threaten the existence of
responsible breeders, our right to own the dogs of our choice, and our
ability to raise or show the purebred dogs that we have nurtured and
struggled to improve and preserve for over a century.

It is essential that we all work together with a united voice.  We strongly
encourage you to support your state federation to help ensure a strong,
unified voice for dogs and their owners in Texas. Learn more about the
401(c)(4) organization, RPOA Texas Outreach by visiting its website at
www.RPOATexasOutreach.org
You can also obtain more information on RPOA by visiting their website at
www.responsiblepetowners.org or contacting them at:
900 NE Loop 410 #311-D
San Antonio, TX 78209
rpoa@texas.net
Together we can work to preserve our right to own, breed, and exhibit our
beloved dogs for years to come.
Sincerely,
Sheila Goffe
Director, AKC Government Relations

 

January 6, 2016

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Website lists 172 Licensed
Dog & Cat Breeders at the present time. However four of these Licensed
Breeders’ are listed as “EXPIRED.” So that leaves a true figure of 168
Licensed Breeders. When this new state law passed in 2011, RPOA and the
American Kennel Club told Texas Legislators that the projected 1,000
Licensed Breeders was in error and that likely there would not even be 200
Breeders Licensed to cover the cost. This appears to be “fact” now. HB
1451 mandates that the bill be revenue neutral at no cost to the state.
Some of these breeders have been misled by TDLR into believing that ALL
Texas dog and cat breeders must be licensed, including those breeders who do
not own more than the required 10 Intact Females and sell (or even offer to
sell 20 offspring annually). RPOA will continue to monitor this program
with its Fees and Fines for violations. Please keep us informed of any
interactions with TDLR!
It was our objections to Third Party Inspectors’ Contracts that shut down
that initiative in the very beginning. Inspectors should be state employees
– not HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation Network, and friends.

Forward from: Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
Subject: Annual Inventory Form from all Texas Licensed Dog and Cat Breeders
is due February 1st, 2016.

Attention Licensed Breeders:
An annual inventory must be completed and sent to TDLR no later than
February 1 each year. An annual inventory is a count of all cats or dogs
held at your facility at any time during the past calendar year. Use
the Annual Inventory Form.
Download the Annual Inventory Form (56 KB PDF) at
http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/bre/AnnualInventory.pdf .
Please be sure to submit your Annual Inventory Form to us by February 1,
2016.
Thank you to licensed breeders who have already submitted their Annual
Inventory Form.

January 5, 2016

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Happy New Year to you and yours, especially your animals! What would we do
without them?
2016 is a special year for Responsible Pet Owners Alliance — our 25th
Anniversary! Who knew that it would lead to all this when outraged animal
owners (actually American Kennel Club exhibitors attending the River City
Cluster of Dog Shows downtown) first met at San Antonio City Hall in 1991 to
defeat the proposed Fund for Animals’ “Responsible Breeding Ordinance.” The
same old “Animal Rights Agenda” we face today to legislate pet ownership out
of existence with regulations. Coincidentally Vegan HSUS President Wayne
Pacelle served as FFA’s executive director at that time — based in Texas.
This was before Mr. Pacelle went to Washington. It’s really a small world.

We’ve been blessed all these years to work with you to preserve our historic
relationship with animals. A special “Thank You” today to the Walter
Connally Powell, Jr. Foundation for two December donations to RPOA (the IRS
501 C3) which total $7,000!

Thanks to the Doberman Pinscher Club of Dallas who also donated $50. And we
can’t forget the recurring monthly donors who help pay the office bills.
RPOA Texas Outreach (the IRS 501 C4) also received an anonymous donation of
$200 from a longtime supporter. All individual donors’ names are kept
confidential due to possible harassment from “animal rights extremists”
unless requested to be made public. All donations $100 and up receive a
free RPOA T-shirt. Just send us your T-shirt size.

RPOA continues to evolve as time goes by and this year is no different.
We’ve laid a strong foundation but it’s time to “break out” — as political
candidates say. Speaking to the choir makes a very small church! Educating
elected officials and media is our #1 New Year’s Resolution for 2016.
We’ve found legislators and “John Q. Public” don’t have a clue as to what’s
really happening in the Animal World. For starters, we must have a larger
e-mail base to spread information. TRUTH MATTERS!
Stay tuned and encourage everyone to subscribe to our E-News by simply
emailing a blank message to:
TX_RPOA_E-News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Or email rpoa@texas.net and we’ll send an invitation to join. God bless our
efforts in 2016!

November 24, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

DO YOU KNOW … you can support Responsible Pet Owners Alliance when
shopping on Amazon? RPOA receives 0.5% of the purchase price, which is
transferred quarterly to our bank account! BUT: First you must select a
charity or “change your charity.” This is a painless anonymous way to
support our IRS 501 C3 organization. Amazon’s Policy Statement says they do
not share account information or email addresses of individual customers
with anyone, including RPOA. Save the link in your “Favorites” List.
Vocal and financial support is crucial to our very existence!

RPOA received this reminder below regarding your holiday shopping:
Dear Charity Administrator,
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the
year. This is a great opportunity to increase Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance Inc’s AmazonSmile donations by reminding your supporters to shop at
www.smile.amazon.com .

November 18, 2015
TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

This article has been circulating through numerous e-mail lists all week and
has some excellent points to ponder. There is NO national organization that
can stop Animal Rights Extremists’ anti-pet legislative efforts in each
state by themselves. The nationals can back up the state federations with
support letters which are helpful but the most effective approach is on an
individual level. A strong state federation is crucial that includes “boots
on the ground” to educate media, elected officials, veterinarians, and
friends about this insidious evil anti-pet agenda. Most of these people
have pets they love dearly and don’t have a clue what’s happening in their
state legislative-wise. If there’s one given in this battle — it is that
the Animal Rights Extremists “lie” every time they open their mouth. We
must educate our media. Your state federation is only as strong as “you”
make it! RPOA is the only state federation that maintains an office and has
chapters statewide — 21 chapters to date. We need your vocal and financial
support for the coming year (2016)! Let’s keep facts on the table.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has been very supportive with our Texas
efforts — for which we are appreciative, but the Government Relations
Department is stretched thin with all the state demands! Texas alone is a
full time job.
http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/a-world-without-the-akc/

November 10, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

The city council of Ralls, Texas, population approx. 1,500 residents, will
be voting November 17th on whether to limit the number of pets allowed —
dogs/cats or any combination — to only three (3) pets. Existing law is 10
pets allowed. Responsible Pet Owners Alliance has mailed the attached
letter to Mayor Heath Verett, City Manager Gloria Velasquez, (806-253-2558)
and six council members to express our opposition to changing their animal
ordinance. Legislation usually has unintended consequences and exacerbates
animal problems. If passed, there will be fewer homes for pets in Ralls and
it will have a devastating affect on local “rescue” groups. Another Texas
anti-pet proposal!

Our organization is opposed to pet limits for the following reasons:
* Numbers have no relation to nuisances. A person with one dog that runs
loose and barks all night is a greater nuisance than a person with a dozen
dogs that are quiet, clean and kept at home.
* “Pet Limits” can translate to fewer homes for animals and more “dumped”
animals.
* Limit Laws punish all pet owners, regardless of the behavior of their
animals.
* Pet owners go into hiding and pets aren’t licensed.
* Pets aren’t taken to veterinarians for annual checkups and Rabies
Vaccinations per state law. Rabies is usually fatal and because of Texas’
proximity to Mexico, this is always a public health threat.
* Limit laws severely impact many responsible rescuers who save taxpayer
dollars by rescuing unwanted pets and finding them new homes.
(Read more in the attached letter.)

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Letter – San Angelo Pet Limits.pdf

 

November 5, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance sent information to the San Angelo mayor and
council members opposing their proposed ordinance which required mandatory
spay/neuter AND microchips for all dogs and cats over four (4) months of
age. Our suggestions for new positive programs instead of unenforceable new
laws were ignored. It will take two years for the city to document the fact
that this new law is a failure — as San Antonio realized and rescinded two
years after passage. What will San Angelo pass when this fails? Valuable
time will be wasted.

During the Public Comment Session of the San Angelo City Council meeting
Tuesday morning, a citizen was concerned after researching the
“microchipping aspect” herself. LaDene Harding pointed out the possible
dangers of microchipping pets to council members, which is why this should
be a decision between the pet owner and their veterinarian. Not government
mandate! Sterilization of pets is serious surgery, especially for female
pets. A leash is an excellent form of birth control!

http://sanangelolive.com/news/politics/2015-11-03/drama-dominates-spayneuter
-discussion-san-angelo-city-council-meeting
OR Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/n9zl5tg
The mayor noted that more animals are being dumped … and continued, “This
is a terrible terrible ordinance that is going to kill more animals than
anything we’ve ever envisioned. This is part of the unintended consequences
of an ordinance that is going to cause people to dump their animals. There
will be more animals at the shelter. There will be more animals euthanized;
and that is the exact opposite of what you told us when we voted on this.
I’m going on record and will say that this ordinance is bad. The ordinance
needs to be rescinded, and I don’t know how many unnecessary animal deaths
it’s going to take before we realize we made a mistake.” Read more at the
URL above.
(Thanks to the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Legislative Information Liaison
Group for this heads up.)

 

October 8, 2015

RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

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October 7, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

As expected, San Angelo, Texas, passed their Mandatory Dog and Cat
Spay/Neuter, Mandatory Microchips, and Breeder Permit yesterday with a vote
5-1 — all anti-pet provisions. It is possible to regulate pet ownership
out of existence in incremental steps. Mayor Dwain Morrison is to be
commended for his efforts opposing this new ordinance revision and appears
to be the only “No” vote. RPOA will drop the mayor a note thanking him for
his vote and urge others to do so. To be effective, animal problems must be
addressed realistically instead of being “animal rights” agenda-driven as
they are at the present time. This legislation began in California over 20
years ago and is a documented failure! From the link below, the new law
doesn’t appear to be well received by local residents. Check out the
comments!
Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/pgug3uh
OR
http://sanangelolive.com/news/politics/2015-10-06/san-angelo-prepare-spay-neuter and microchipping

The San Angelo local humane society and a newly appointed animal control
director promote this as the “solution” to their problem of euthanizing
stray animals. If that is truly their goal, the city could do as some other
cities who claim this type ordinance “reduced euthanasia stats.” Just don’t
pick up loose animals (unless injured, sick or biting); charge $40 to get
the city facility to accept strays; and/or make residents jump thru hoops
before their city shelter will accept an unwanted dog/cat under any
situation — if they even do so eventually. Perhaps as San Antonio’s Animal
Care Services does in their effort to become “No Kill.”
We have no alternative now but to wait and watch for years to “prove” the
San Angelo legislation is a failure, but one has to wonder who is really
concerned about the “animals’ welfare” on the streets of Texas cities!

October 5, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Another “copycat” unenforceable animal ordinance proposed in Texas!
Officials even say it won’t be enforced unless animals are impounded.
Problem is when this doesn’t address the animal problems, they’ll be back
for an even stricter clamp down on pet ownership.
San Angelo, Texas, will have a final vote on their Chapter 3 Animal
Ordinance Revision tomorrow, October 6th. The Legal Department finally sent
us (late Friday) the URL below for tomorrow’s Council Meeting Agenda Packet.

http://www.cosatx.us/government/city-council/2015-agendas-minutes-background
-presentations
You can google the city’s website for phone numbers of mayor and council
members should you desire to talk to them. No one ever called us back and
there are no email addresses. RPOA snail-mailed the mayor and council
members these attachments and our bumper sticker “Don’t Mess With Texas
Pets!”

Primarily proposed revisions are Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Microchips for
ALL DOGS and CATS over four (4) months of age or their owner must obtain and
maintain a “current” Breeder Permit. An exemption is granted for show
animals, but that never works in practice. Per last Open Records Request,
Texas had not issued any exemptions during the first three years of
administering our state “Breeder Bill” — commonly called the “Puppy Mill”
Bill.

In 2007 San Antonio passed a similar ordinance mandating sterilization of
all dogs over 6 months of age or purchase an “Intact Dog Permit.” San
Antonio Animal Control Services Director Gary Hendel rescinded this
provision in 2010 and stated, “The only Intact Dog Permits sold were for
impounded dogs upon being reclaimed by their owners. Most people didn’t
even know what ‘intact’ meant!”
We have no RPOA Chapter in the San Angelo area, but will continue to monitor
the failure of this type legislation in Texas. San Angelo will join other
“Texas Anti-Pet Cities” on our website should this revision pass.

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PR Newswire – Why Pets in Shelters.pdf

September 24, 2015

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Texas Outreach
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Just a “heads up” Canine Chronicle article and AKC Alert below from one of
our members with her comments: “This is the worst attack on breeders I’ve
seen yet. Purebreds would be wiped out if this goes national.” Texas cities
are experiencing another round of these same proposals, ignoring past
failures. Get involved!

http://caninechronicle.com/breaking-news/hempstead-ny-proposal-would-regulat
e-breeders-as-pet-stores-impose-spayneuter-policies/
OR TinyUrl: http://tinyurl.com/pg3832g

September 22, 2015

Texas Outreach
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Any problems, email rpoa@texas.net

Twenty four years ago, RPOA founders realized that a “first step” is only
the beginning of a lifetime of fighting the extreme agenda of the “Animal
Rights Industry.” They will never go away! We formed our state federation
to keep the truth on the table, in addition to offering solutions to animal
problems, and networked the first statewide All Species Purebred Rescue
Program in the country.

If you think Humane Society of the U.S. and affiliated state “humane”
organizations are satisfied with existing local and state regulations, and
the new federal USDA/APHIS dog/cat breeder regulations (which forbid all
“sight unseen” sales), THINK AGAIN!
We need more subscribers to this email list, so please circulate widely.
Get involved before it is too late! And read every word at the URLs below.
The “puppy mill” word means “all pet breeders” (no matter what species) in
AR Speak, including “kitty mills and bird mills!”

The Hill:
http://thehill.com/regulation/254388-dog-breeders-coming-under-scrutiny-from
-animal-rights-activists
OR TinyURL: http://tinyurl.com/opp5p2v

Check out vegan HSUS President Wayne Pacelle’s blog regarding their
petition:
http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/09/hsus-usda-puppy-mills-petition.h
tml
OR TinyUrl: http://tinyurl.com/okx494c

September 9, 2015

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
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Thanks to the Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee for this heads-up
regarding Corpus Christi, Texas. We don’t have a copy of the proposal’s
exact text, nor the date for the first vote which may have already
transpired. This article is quite vague.

http://www.kristv.com/story/29977562/city-council-members-expected-to-vote-o
n-dangerous-dog-ordinance
The Corpus Christi City Council is expected to take its first vote on
changes to the Dangerous Dog Ordinance.
A few weeks ago council members decided to not take any action on the
proposal and tabled it for the next meeting.
The updated ordinance would strengthen existing rules on how dangerous dogs
are enclosed and what types of collars they’re required to wear.
It would also make it unlawful for someone to tie a dog to a tree or some
other object and leave it for an unreasonable length of time.
The ordinance will also provide a change for how feral cats are handled:
trap, neuter, and release.

September 4th, 2016

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

Texas cities are considering a plethora of copycat anti-pet legislative
proposals, originating from the “Animal Rights” perspective. Our
appreciation to the Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee for their
contributions below. If you live in any of these areas, please get back to
us with any updates! “People who fight may lose. People who do not fight
have already lost.” — Bertold Brecht.

KERR COUNTY
Kerr County “Breed Specific Legislation” Attempt in January/February, 2015
A Kerrville resident attempted to get pit bull terriers banned in Kerr
County. RPOA members spoke up, informed elected officials and newspaper of
state law which bans BSL in Texas. No further reports.

AUSTIN
Austin City Council banned use of bullhooks on elephants: August 6, 2015
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/austin-city-council-bans-use-of-bul
lhooks-on-eleph/nnFG6/ Effective October, 2016.
Video of Katie Jarl, Texas State Director for Humane Society of the U.S.
speaking: disappointed that Austin City Council didn’t pass Section C, with
even more restrictions on circus animals. But Jarl was encouraged that
Council said they would pass an overarching Animal Cruelty Law for “every
animal in city limits.”

NEW TEXAS STATE LAW (not pet related, but HSUS at work in Texas): Relating
to sale and possession of shark fins by Rep. Lucio III. HB 1579. Supported
by Humane Society International (Iris Ho), Humane Society of U.S. (Katie
Jarl), Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Austin, Texas Humane Legislation
Network, and others. Opponents said the bill is duplicative, already
illegal under federal law . and over-criminalization in Texas, as
individuals deserve a civil fine but not jail time.

MIDLAND, 8/10/15: Legislation sought by Rescue Group
A Midland, Texas rescue group “Midland Animal Shelter Adoptables” wants to
tighten laws to stop all the unwanted strays. The article does not mention
Mandatory Spay/Nueter but it does indicate that the city may consider
breeder laws that would most likely be more stringent than the state breeder
laws.
This link doesn’t seem to work now:
http://cbs7.com/news/article_31cde7fa-3d22-11e5-a2f2-937f1eeccefb.html

CLEBURNE
http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/city-council-eyes-more-pet-ordinance
s/article_c1569fbe-363a-11e5-8478-db90ca0973c1.html
The Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee reports:
Discussion only at this point, with no draft ordinance. HSUS has told
Animal Control Supervisor that “intake” should only be 4% of human
population – meaning Cleburne Animal Control should be dealing with 1,200
animals, not 2,000 per year. AC Supervisor Alexis Lozano states that the
only way to plan for the future was to plan legislation and looks to Council
for guidance.
Primary problem is with “Dogs running at large.”
“INTACT CERTIFICATE ORDINANCE” claimed “not to be a breeder permit,” but
would require annual veterinarian exam, microchip, only allow one litter per
female per year, no ordinance violations allowed (except for running at
large or rabies vaccination, offspring not sold before 7 weeks old, must be
microchipped. $150 per animal annually OR one-time fee of $250 per animal
(tied to property unless moved).
Make lack of veterinary care “inhumane,” Establish “Animal Establishment
Annual Permit.”
Change “dangerous” dogs to “vicious” dogs and other changes consistent with
state law.
Animals Unattended in Vehicles, Animal Waste in public places, Change “hold”
time on impounded animals from current 10 days to 3 days.

Tomorrow PART II: Harlingen, Brownsville, San Antonio, San Angelo, and El
Paso!

_ We said PART II would be: Harlingen, Brownsville, San Antonio, San Angelo
and El Paso. However Cat Fanciers’ Association just sent us a Dallas notice
which has been added to the list. Don’t think these laws won’t affect you
if you don’t live in city limits. No animal owner in Texas is safe with
“animal rights” extremists writing all the animal laws in our state. These
extremists are not “experts” regarding any animal issues — only agenda
driven. Get involved and keep the truth on the table!
RPOA has had 25 years of experience with San Antonio Animal Care Services
and San Antonio’s animal problems. If things will just let up a little,
we’ll prepare a FACT SHEET for our members to use, educating elected
officials on the “solutions,” which are “programs” and not passing more
laws. Texas cities are considering a plethora of copycat anti-pet
legislative proposals, originating from the “Animal Rights” perspective.
Our appreciation to the Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee for their
contributions below. If you live in any of these areas, please get back to
us with any updates!
“People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost.” —
Bertold Brecht.

DALLAS, TEXAS
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150902-dallas-city-councils-lengthy-s
ession-on-stray-dogs-has-more-bark-than-bite.ece
Held 2 1/2 hour discussion; city council members expressed frustration over
lack of a “coherent strategy to improve Dallas Animal Services.” City
Manager pledged that his staff would bring back a more-detailed plan outline
in two weeks. Southern Dallas is the major source of residents’ complaints.
Feral dogs roam Trinity River bottoms and other open spaces. “Animal
Rights” activists reportedly were disappointed in the Animal Services
presentation. Council member Scott Griggs said the city needs fresh ideas
and measurable goals for controlling stray dog population.

HARLINGEN, TEXAS
Last December, Harlingen Humane Society President Pat Turman-White began
pressuring city officials to pass an ordinance for mandatory spay and neuter
and microchips for dogs and cats, an Intact Animal Permit, and increase of
pet limits to 5 animals instead of three animals. Seven months later .
July 19, 2015: she finally got city’s attention:
http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_66d24fa4-2e8b-11e5-
8f6b-3705e52588cd.html
Mayor Chris Boswell directed city manager to look into this type ordinance
in other cities for statistical data regarding their impacts. City Manager
Gabriel Gonzalez was to have data available in 30 days for City Commission.
HHS President Turman-White said Gonzalez told her “this was a controversial
issue.”
HARLINGEN: August 19, 2015 article:
http://www.valleymorningstar.com/premium/article_e9edfdaa-46ed-11e5-b88f-0b9
d6476d6f2.html

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS: Mandatory Microchips
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_0a148d84-3b12-11e5-b593-
e30e0ee43413.html
Brownsville Animal Shelter to maintain database.
Mandatory Microchips for Dogs and Cats Passed Tuesday, 9/1/15:
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_9c2fa5d8-511e-11e5-9826-
bbf3e98ba90f.html

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Mandated Microchip to serve as city Pet License
http://www.kens5.com/story/news/2015/04/30/city-council-approves-microchip-o
rdinance/26654457/
San Antonio City Council approved a mandatory microchip ordinance to serve
as the primary system for pet licensing. Ordinance went into effect June
30. Since the microchip is a lifetime pet license, there’s no explanation
for how the city will enforce the Texas state mandatory Rabies Vaccination
requirement. Bexar County is in the midst of a Rabies Outbreak this Summer.
(RPOA is only animal organization in the U.S. that is concerned about public
health as related to animal issues.)

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS: Mandatory Dogs/Cats Sterilization and Microchips as Pet
License
http://www.gosanangelo.com/local-news/council_27630048
James Flores oversees Animal Shelter and says “enforcement will be secondary
. upon impoundment with Shelter spay/neuter/microchip at pet at owner’s
expense.” Flores quotes the fictional myth of one female dog and offspring
producing 67,000 puppies and one female cat and offspring producing 420,000
cats in 7 years. Flores says besides cats; most common dogs euthanized are
Chihuahua and Pit Bull Mixes with an increase in “Huskies” lately.
San Angelo City Council discussed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance – met with
heavy public support. However council members balked at the “mandatory”
nature of the ordinance. Dogs and cats older than 4 months of age mandated
to be spayed/neutered and microchipped. Ordinance due to come back to
council in September.
MORE:
http://sanangelolive.com/news/politics/2015-08-05/irresponsible-pet-owners-m
ay-face-fines-animal-neglect
CFA Update: On August 18, city council voted to move forward with a draft
ordinance. No updates in the 9-1 city council agenda packet.

EL PASO, TEXAS
New ordinance proposal due for Council consideration by “Fall.” Last
revision in 2010.
Public Meeting: El Pasoans want to keep microchipping pets in spite of it
being “ineffective” — small number of pets get microchipped, according to
officials, and people often don’t register them or keep information updated.
In addition, it is not solving the problem of stray animals in El Paso,
Marilyn Christensen, shelter manager said. Under consideration: TNR
Program for feral cats, removal of microchip requirement, removing breeder
permit, setting pet limits to 4 animals.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_28178524/el-pasoans-want-keep-microchippi
ng-pets

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
September 4, 2015
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

Texas cities are considering a plethora of copycat anti-pet legislative
proposals, originating from the “Animal Rights” perspective. Our
appreciation to the Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee for their
contributions below. If you live in any of these areas, please get back to
us with any updates! “People who fight may lose. People who do not fight
have already lost.” — Bertold Brecht.

KERR COUNTY
Kerr County “Breed Specific Legislation” Attempt in January/February, 2015
A Kerrville resident attempted to get pit bull terriers banned in Kerr
County. RPOA members spoke up, informed elected officials and newspaper of
state law which bans BSL in Texas. No further reports.

AUSTIN
Austin City Council banned use of bullhooks on elephants: August 6, 2015
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/austin-city-council-bans-use-of-bul
lhooks-on-eleph/nnFG6/ Effective October, 2016.
Video of Katie Jarl, Texas State Director for Humane Society of the U.S.
speaking: disappointed that Austin City Council didn’t pass Section C, with
even more restrictions on circus animals. But Jarl was encouraged that
Council said they would pass an overarching Animal Cruelty Law for “every
animal in city limits.”

NEW TEXAS STATE LAW (not pet related, but HSUS at work in Texas): Relating
to sale and possession of shark fins by Rep. Lucio III. HB 1579. Supported
by Humane Society International (Iris Ho), Humane Society of U.S. (Katie
Jarl), Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Austin, Texas Humane Legislation
Network, and others. Opponents said the bill is duplicative, already
illegal under federal law . and over-criminalization in Texas, as
individuals deserve a civil fine but not jail time.

MIDLAND, 8/10/15: Legislation sought by Rescue Group
A Midland, Texas rescue group “Midland Animal Shelter Adoptables” wants to
tighten laws to stop all the unwanted strays. The article does not mention
Mandatory Spay/Nueter but it does indicate that the city may consider
breeder laws that would most likely be more stringent than the state breeder
laws.
This link doesn’t seem to work now:
http://cbs7.com/news/article_31cde7fa-3d22-11e5-a2f2-937f1eeccefb.html

CLEBURNE
http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/city-council-eyes-more-pet-ordinance
s/article_c1569fbe-363a-11e5-8478-db90ca0973c1.html
The Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee reports:
Discussion only at this point, with no draft ordinance. HSUS has told
Animal Control Supervisor that “intake” should only be 4% of human
population – meaning Cleburne Animal Control should be dealing with 1,200
animals, not 2,000 per year. AC Supervisor Alexis Lozano states that the
only way to plan for the future was to plan legislation and looks to Council
for guidance.
Primary problem is with “Dogs running at large.”
“INTACT CERTIFICATE ORDINANCE” claimed “not to be a breeder permit,” but
would require annual veterinarian exam, microchip, only allow one litter per
female per year, no ordinance violations allowed (except for running at
large or rabies vaccination, offspring not sold before 7 weeks old, must be
microchipped. $150 per animal annually OR one-time fee of $250 per animal
(tied to property unless moved).
Make lack of veterinary care “inhumane,” Establish “Animal Establishment
Annual Permit.”
Change “dangerous” dogs to “vicious” dogs and other changes consistent with
state law.
Animals Unattended in Vehicles, Animal Waste in public places, Change “hold”
time on impounded animals from current 10 days to 3 days.

Tomorrow PART II: Harlingen, Brownsville, San Antonio, San Angelo, and El
Paso!

_ We said PART II would be: Harlingen, Brownsville, San Antonio, San Angelo
and El Paso. However Cat Fanciers’ Association just sent us a Dallas notice
which has been added to the list. Don’t think these laws won’t affect you
if you don’t live in city limits. No animal owner in Texas is safe with
“animal rights” extremists writing all the animal laws in our state. These
extremists are not “experts” regarding any animal issues — only agenda
driven. Get involved and keep the truth on the table!
RPOA has had 25 years of experience with San Antonio Animal Care Services
and San Antonio’s animal problems. If things will just let up a little,
we’ll prepare a FACT SHEET for our members to use, educating elected
officials on the “solutions,” which are “programs” and not passing more
laws. Texas cities are considering a plethora of copycat anti-pet
legislative proposals, originating from the “Animal Rights” perspective.
Our appreciation to the Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee for their
contributions below. If you live in any of these areas, please get back to
us with any updates!
“People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost.” —
Bertold Brecht.

DALLAS, TEXAS
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150902-dallas-city-councils-lengthy-s
ession-on-stray-dogs-has-more-bark-than-bite.ece
Held 2 1/2 hour discussion; city council members expressed frustration over
lack of a “coherent strategy to improve Dallas Animal Services.” City
Manager pledged that his staff would bring back a more-detailed plan outline
in two weeks. Southern Dallas is the major source of residents’ complaints.
Feral dogs roam Trinity River bottoms and other open spaces. “Animal
Rights” activists reportedly were disappointed in the Animal Services
presentation. Council member Scott Griggs said the city needs fresh ideas
and measurable goals for controlling stray dog population.

HARLINGEN, TEXAS
Last December, Harlingen Humane Society President Pat Turman-White began
pressuring city officials to pass an ordinance for mandatory spay and neuter
and microchips for dogs and cats, an Intact Animal Permit, and increase of
pet limits to 5 animals instead of three animals. Seven months later .
July 19, 2015: she finally got city’s attention:
http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_66d24fa4-2e8b-11e5-
8f6b-3705e52588cd.html
Mayor Chris Boswell directed city manager to look into this type ordinance
in other cities for statistical data regarding their impacts. City Manager
Gabriel Gonzalez was to have data available in 30 days for City Commission.
HHS President Turman-White said Gonzalez told her “this was a controversial
issue.”
HARLINGEN: August 19, 2015 article:
http://www.valleymorningstar.com/premium/article_e9edfdaa-46ed-11e5-b88f-0b9
d6476d6f2.html

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS: Mandatory Microchips
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_0a148d84-3b12-11e5-b593-
e30e0ee43413.html
Brownsville Animal Shelter to maintain database.
Mandatory Microchips for Dogs and Cats Passed Tuesday, 9/1/15:
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_9c2fa5d8-511e-11e5-9826-
bbf3e98ba90f.html

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Mandated Microchip to serve as city Pet License
http://www.kens5.com/story/news/2015/04/30/city-council-approves-microchip-o
rdinance/26654457/
San Antonio City Council approved a mandatory microchip ordinance to serve
as the primary system for pet licensing. Ordinance went into effect June
30. Since the microchip is a lifetime pet license, there’s no explanation
for how the city will enforce the Texas state mandatory Rabies Vaccination
requirement. Bexar County is in the midst of a Rabies Outbreak this Summer.
(RPOA is only animal organization in the U.S. that is concerned about public
health as related to animal issues.)

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS: Mandatory Dogs/Cats Sterilization and Microchips as Pet
License
http://www.gosanangelo.com/local-news/council_27630048
James Flores oversees Animal Shelter and says “enforcement will be secondary
. upon impoundment with Shelter spay/neuter/microchip at pet at owner’s
expense.” Flores quotes the fictional myth of one female dog and offspring
producing 67,000 puppies and one female cat and offspring producing 420,000
cats in 7 years. Flores says besides cats; most common dogs euthanized are
Chihuahua and Pit Bull Mixes with an increase in “Huskies” lately.
San Angelo City Council discussed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance – met with
heavy public support. However council members balked at the “mandatory”
nature of the ordinance. Dogs and cats older than 4 months of age mandated
to be spayed/neutered and microchipped. Ordinance due to come back to
council in September.
MORE:
http://sanangelolive.com/news/politics/2015-08-05/irresponsible-pet-owners-m
ay-face-fines-animal-neglect
CFA Update: On August 18, city council voted to move forward with a draft
ordinance. No updates in the 9-1 city council agenda packet.

EL PASO, TEXAS
New ordinance proposal due for Council consideration by “Fall.” Last
revision in 2010.
Public Meeting: El Pasoans want to keep microchipping pets in spite of it
being “ineffective” — small number of pets get microchipped, according to
officials, and people often don’t register them or keep information updated.
In addition, it is not solving the problem of stray animals in El Paso,
Marilyn Christensen, shelter manager said. Under consideration: TNR
Program for feral cats, removal of microchip requirement, removing breeder
permit, setting pet limits to 4 animals.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_28178524/el-pasoans-want-keep-microchippi
ng-pets

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
September 4, 2015
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

Texas cities are considering a plethora of copycat anti-pet legislative
proposals, originating from the “Animal Rights” perspective. Our
appreciation to the Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee for their
contributions below. If you live in any of these areas, please get back to
us with any updates! “People who fight may lose. People who do not fight
have already lost.” — Bertold Brecht.

KERR COUNTY
Kerr County “Breed Specific Legislation” Attempt in January/February, 2015
A Kerrville resident attempted to get pit bull terriers banned in Kerr
County. RPOA members spoke up, informed elected officials and newspaper of
state law which bans BSL in Texas. No further reports.

AUSTIN
Austin City Council banned use of bullhooks on elephants: August 6, 2015
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/austin-city-council-bans-use-of-bul
lhooks-on-eleph/nnFG6/ Effective October, 2016.
Video of Katie Jarl, Texas State Director for Humane Society of the U.S.
speaking: disappointed that Austin City Council didn’t pass Section C, with
even more restrictions on circus animals. But Jarl was encouraged that
Council said they would pass an overarching Animal Cruelty Law for “every
animal in city limits.”

NEW TEXAS STATE LAW (not pet related, but HSUS at work in Texas): Relating
to sale and possession of shark fins by Rep. Lucio III. HB 1579. Supported
by Humane Society International (Iris Ho), Humane Society of U.S. (Katie
Jarl), Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Austin, Texas Humane Legislation
Network, and others. Opponents said the bill is duplicative, already
illegal under federal law . and over-criminalization in Texas, as
individuals deserve a civil fine but not jail time.

MIDLAND, 8/10/15: Legislation sought by Rescue Group
A Midland, Texas rescue group “Midland Animal Shelter Adoptables” wants to
tighten laws to stop all the unwanted strays. The article does not mention
Mandatory Spay/Nueter but it does indicate that the city may consider
breeder laws that would most likely be more stringent than the state breeder
laws.
This link doesn’t seem to work now:
http://cbs7.com/news/article_31cde7fa-3d22-11e5-a2f2-937f1eeccefb.html

CLEBURNE
http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/city-council-eyes-more-pet-ordinance
s/article_c1569fbe-363a-11e5-8478-db90ca0973c1.html
The Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee reports:
Discussion only at this point, with no draft ordinance. HSUS has told
Animal Control Supervisor that “intake” should only be 4% of human
population – meaning Cleburne Animal Control should be dealing with 1,200
animals, not 2,000 per year. AC Supervisor Alexis Lozano states that the
only way to plan for the future was to plan legislation and looks to Council
for guidance.
Primary problem is with “Dogs running at large.”
“INTACT CERTIFICATE ORDINANCE” claimed “not to be a breeder permit,” but
would require annual veterinarian exam, microchip, only allow one litter per
female per year, no ordinance violations allowed (except for running at
large or rabies vaccination, offspring not sold before 7 weeks old, must be
microchipped. $150 per animal annually OR one-time fee of $250 per animal
(tied to property unless moved).
Make lack of veterinary care “inhumane,” Establish “Animal Establishment
Annual Permit.”
Change “dangerous” dogs to “vicious” dogs and other changes consistent with
state law.
Animals Unattended in Vehicles, Animal Waste in public places, Change “hold”
time on impounded animals from current 10 days to 3 days.

Tomorrow PART II: Harlingen, Brownsville, San Antonio, San Angelo, and El
Paso!

_ We said PART II would be: Harlingen, Brownsville, San Antonio, San Angelo
and El Paso. However Cat Fanciers’ Association just sent us a Dallas notice
which has been added to the list. Don’t think these laws won’t affect you
if you don’t live in city limits. No animal owner in Texas is safe with
“animal rights” extremists writing all the animal laws in our state. These
extremists are not “experts” regarding any animal issues — only agenda
driven. Get involved and keep the truth on the table!
RPOA has had 25 years of experience with San Antonio Animal Care Services
and San Antonio’s animal problems. If things will just let up a little,
we’ll prepare a FACT SHEET for our members to use, educating elected
officials on the “solutions,” which are “programs” and not passing more
laws. Texas cities are considering a plethora of copycat anti-pet
legislative proposals, originating from the “Animal Rights” perspective.
Our appreciation to the Cat Fanciers’ Legislative Committee for their
contributions below. If you live in any of these areas, please get back to
us with any updates!
“People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost.” —
Bertold Brecht.

DALLAS, TEXAS
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150902-dallas-city-councils-lengthy-s
ession-on-stray-dogs-has-more-bark-than-bite.ece
Held 2 1/2 hour discussion; city council members expressed frustration over
lack of a “coherent strategy to improve Dallas Animal Services.” City
Manager pledged that his staff would bring back a more-detailed plan outline
in two weeks. Southern Dallas is the major source of residents’ complaints.
Feral dogs roam Trinity River bottoms and other open spaces. “Animal
Rights” activists reportedly were disappointed in the Animal Services
presentation. Council member Scott Griggs said the city needs fresh ideas
and measurable goals for controlling stray dog population.

HARLINGEN, TEXAS
Last December, Harlingen Humane Society President Pat Turman-White began
pressuring city officials to pass an ordinance for mandatory spay and neuter
and microchips for dogs and cats, an Intact Animal Permit, and increase of
pet limits to 5 animals instead of three animals. Seven months later .
July 19, 2015: she finally got city’s attention:
http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_66d24fa4-2e8b-11e5-
8f6b-3705e52588cd.html
Mayor Chris Boswell directed city manager to look into this type ordinance
in other cities for statistical data regarding their impacts. City Manager
Gabriel Gonzalez was to have data available in 30 days for City Commission.
HHS President Turman-White said Gonzalez told her “this was a controversial
issue.”
HARLINGEN: August 19, 2015 article:
http://www.valleymorningstar.com/premium/article_e9edfdaa-46ed-11e5-b88f-0b9
d6476d6f2.html

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS: Mandatory Microchips
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_0a148d84-3b12-11e5-b593-
e30e0ee43413.html
Brownsville Animal Shelter to maintain database.
Mandatory Microchips for Dogs and Cats Passed Tuesday, 9/1/15:
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_9c2fa5d8-511e-11e5-9826-
bbf3e98ba90f.html

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Mandated Microchip to serve as city Pet License
http://www.kens5.com/story/news/2015/04/30/city-council-approves-microchip-o
rdinance/26654457/
San Antonio City Council approved a mandatory microchip ordinance to serve
as the primary system for pet licensing. Ordinance went into effect June
30. Since the microchip is a lifetime pet license, there’s no explanation
for how the city will enforce the Texas state mandatory Rabies Vaccination
requirement. Bexar County is in the midst of a Rabies Outbreak this Summer.
(RPOA is only animal organization in the U.S. that is concerned about public
health as related to animal issues.)

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS: Mandatory Dogs/Cats Sterilization and Microchips as Pet
License
http://www.gosanangelo.com/local-news/council_27630048
James Flores oversees Animal Shelter and says “enforcement will be secondary
. upon impoundment with Shelter spay/neuter/microchip at pet at owner’s
expense.” Flores quotes the fictional myth of one female dog and offspring
producing 67,000 puppies and one female cat and offspring producing 420,000
cats in 7 years. Flores says besides cats; most common dogs euthanized are
Chihuahua and Pit Bull Mixes with an increase in “Huskies” lately.
San Angelo City Council discussed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance – met with
heavy public support. However council members balked at the “mandatory”
nature of the ordinance. Dogs and cats older than 4 months of age mandated
to be spayed/neutered and microchipped. Ordinance due to come back to
council in September.
MORE:
http://sanangelolive.com/news/politics/2015-08-05/irresponsible-pet-owners-m
ay-face-fines-animal-neglect
CFA Update: On August 18, city council voted to move forward with a draft
ordinance. No updates in the 9-1 city council agenda packet.

EL PASO, TEXAS
New ordinance proposal due for Council consideration by “Fall.” Last
revision in 2010.
Public Meeting: El Pasoans want to keep microchipping pets in spite of it
being “ineffective” — small number of pets get microchipped, according to
officials, and people often don’t register them or keep information updated.
In addition, it is not solving the problem of stray animals in El Paso,
Marilyn Christensen, shelter manager said. Under consideration: TNR
Program for feral cats, removal of microchip requirement, removing breeder
permit, setting pet limits to 4 animals.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_28178524/el-pasoans-want-keep-microchippi
ng-pets

August 25, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

This attached flyer is a recent RPOA press release on PR Newswire, which was
distributed nationally. Please “save” and use it to educate city officials
as needed. RPOA has received notice of multiple Texas cities that are
considering the usual “animal rights agenda” ordinance changes. More on the
cities to come later so stay tuned!
—————————

“ALL PETS MATTER,”
says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
San Antonio, Texas, August 15, 2015

Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There
oughtta’ be a law!”

Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that
exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters –
not less. New laws run the gamut although seldom enforced: Mandatory pet
spay/neuter, mandatory microchips, differential licensing (higher license
fees for intact dogs/cats), cat licensing, pet limits, annual permits for
all species of animals, breeding bans, breed specific legislation,
anti-tethering laws and more.

Animal problems vary as to regions, with Northern states experiencing a
shortage of puppies for adoption/sale and Southern states with a more
abundant supply. Adolescent large dogs are numerous in shelters.
Statistics show that stray animal problems are predominantly in low income
neighborhoods with high crime rates, gang problems, and drug use.

Bob Christiansen, author of “Save Our Strays,” writes: “Targeting high
problem areas within a community with helpful, people-friendly intervention
programs will yield the most benefits (for people and pets) per funds spent.
When government looks at ways of solving transgressions, fines and fees play
an important role in modifying human behavior. This approach works well
with human violations … [but] is not effective with low-income animal
owners. This failed policy unjustly targets the poor.”

Animal Rights Extremists try to convince elected officials that breeders are
responsible for animals relinquished to shelters – not their owners – while
only 5% of shelter dogs are purebreds and less than 1% are purebred cats.
The vegans say: “Don’t breed, don’t buy, while shelter animals die” —
which is forever. All emphasis is on “breeding” instead of pet retention
and confining pets to the owner’s property. It’s not rocket science!

A late 90’s study by the now defunct “National Council on Pet Population
Study and Policy (NCPPSP)” compiled statistics from 12 selected animal
shelters that remain relevant today. The study began with the premise:
“This problem cannot be solved unless we truly understand the problem.”

The following “Reasons for Relinquishment” were given for both dogs and
cats: Moving; landlord not allowing pets; too many animals in household;
pet maintenance cost; owner’s personal problems; inadequate facilities; no
homes available for litter mate. Additionally, regarding dogs: having no
time for pet; pet illness(es). Additionally, regarding cats: allergies in
family, house soiling, incompatibility with other pets.

“All the legislation in the world isn’t going to make a community No Kill,”
says Nathan Winograd in his E-Newsletter “No Kill Solutions.” Winograd
suggests proactive programs, such as Shelter Accountability, Affordable
Spay/Neuter, working with rescue groups to take animals, Adoption Programs
(including offsite venues), Feral Cat TNR Programs, Pet Retention Programs,
medical and behavior rehabilitation, foster care, public relations and
development and a compassionate, hard working animal control director, who
isn’t content hiding behind the myth of “too many animals, not enough
homes.”

To be effective, animal problems must be addressed realistically instead of
being “agenda” driven as they are at the present time.

SOURCE: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
(210) 822-6763 rpoa@texas.net

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

This attached flyer is a recent RPOA press release on PR Newswire, which was
distributed nationally. Please “save” and use it to educate city officials
as needed. RPOA has received notice of multiple Texas cities that are
considering the usual “animal rights agenda” ordinance changes. More on the
cities to come later so stay tuned!
—————————

“ALL PETS MATTER,”
says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
San Antonio, Texas, August 15, 2015

Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There
oughtta’ be a law!”

Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that
exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters –
not less. New laws run the gamut although seldom enforced: Mandatory pet
spay/neuter, mandatory microchips, differential licensing (higher license
fees for intact dogs/cats), cat licensing, pet limits, annual permits for
all species of animals, breeding bans, breed specific legislation,
anti-tethering laws and more.

Animal problems vary as to regions, with Northern states experiencing a
shortage of puppies for adoption/sale and Southern states with a more
abundant supply. Adolescent large dogs are numerous in shelters.
Statistics show that stray animal problems are predominantly in low income
neighborhoods with high crime rates, gang problems, and drug use.

Bob Christiansen, author of “Save Our Strays,” writes: “Targeting high
problem areas within a community with helpful, people-friendly intervention
programs will yield the most benefits (for people and pets) per funds spent.
When government looks at ways of solving transgressions, fines and fees play
an important role in modifying human behavior. This approach works well
with human violations … [but] is not effective with low-income animal
owners. This failed policy unjustly targets the poor.”

Animal Rights Extremists try to convince elected officials that breeders are
responsible for animals relinquished to shelters – not their owners – while
only 5% of shelter dogs are purebreds and less than 1% are purebred cats.
The vegans say: “Don’t breed, don’t buy, while shelter animals die” —
which is forever. All emphasis is on “breeding” instead of pet retention
and confining pets to the owner’s property. It’s not rocket science!

A late 90’s study by the now defunct “National Council on Pet Population
Study and Policy (NCPPSP)” compiled statistics from 12 selected animal
shelters that remain relevant today. The study began with the premise:
“This problem cannot be solved unless we truly understand the problem.”

The following “Reasons for Relinquishment” were given for both dogs and
cats: Moving; landlord not allowing pets; too many animals in household;
pet maintenance cost; owner’s personal problems; inadequate facilities; no
homes available for litter mate. Additionally, regarding dogs: having no
time for pet; pet illness(es). Additionally, regarding cats: allergies in
family, house soiling, incompatibility with other pets.

“All the legislation in the world isn’t going to make a community No Kill,”
says Nathan Winograd in his E-Newsletter “No Kill Solutions.” Winograd
suggests proactive programs, such as Shelter Accountability, Affordable
Spay/Neuter, working with rescue groups to take animals, Adoption Programs
(including offsite venues), Feral Cat TNR Programs, Pet Retention Programs,
medical and behavior rehabilitation, foster care, public relations and
development and a compassionate, hard working animal control director, who
isn’t content hiding behind the myth of “too many animals, not enough
homes.”

To be effective, animal problems must be addressed realistically instead of
being “agenda” driven as they are at the present time.

SOURCE: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
(210) 822-6763 rpoa@texas.net

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
August 25, 2015
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

This attached flyer is a recent RPOA press release on PR Newswire, which was
distributed nationally. Please “save” and use it to educate city officials
as needed. RPOA has received notice of multiple Texas cities that are
considering the usual “animal rights agenda” ordinance changes. More on the
cities to come later so stay tuned!
—————————

“ALL PETS MATTER,”
says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
San Antonio, Texas, August 15, 2015

Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There
oughtta’ be a law!”

Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that
exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters –
not less. New laws run the gamut although seldom enforced: Mandatory pet
spay/neuter, mandatory microchips, differential licensing (higher license
fees for intact dogs/cats), cat licensing, pet limits, annual permits for
all species of animals, breeding bans, breed specific legislation,
anti-tethering laws and more.

Animal problems vary as to regions, with Northern states experiencing a
shortage of puppies for adoption/sale and Southern states with a more
abundant supply. Adolescent large dogs are numerous in shelters.
Statistics show that stray animal problems are predominantly in low income
neighborhoods with high crime rates, gang problems, and drug use.

Bob Christiansen, author of “Save Our Strays,” writes: “Targeting high
problem areas within a community with helpful, people-friendly intervention
programs will yield the most benefits (for people and pets) per funds spent.
When government looks at ways of solving transgressions, fines and fees play
an important role in modifying human behavior. This approach works well
with human violations … [but] is not effective with low-income animal
owners. This failed policy unjustly targets the poor.”

Animal Rights Extremists try to convince elected officials that breeders are
responsible for animals relinquished to shelters – not their owners – while
only 5% of shelter dogs are purebreds and less than 1% are purebred cats.
The vegans say: “Don’t breed, don’t buy, while shelter animals die” —
which is forever. All emphasis is on “breeding” instead of pet retention
and confining pets to the owner’s property. It’s not rocket science!

A late 90’s study by the now defunct “National Council on Pet Population
Study and Policy (NCPPSP)” compiled statistics from 12 selected animal
shelters that remain relevant today. The study began with the premise:
“This problem cannot be solved unless we truly understand the problem.”

The following “Reasons for Relinquishment” were given for both dogs and
cats: Moving; landlord not allowing pets; too many animals in household;
pet maintenance cost; owner’s personal problems; inadequate facilities; no
homes available for litter mate. Additionally, regarding dogs: having no
time for pet; pet illness(es). Additionally, regarding cats: allergies in
family, house soiling, incompatibility with other pets.

“All the legislation in the world isn’t going to make a community No Kill,”
says Nathan Winograd in his E-Newsletter “No Kill Solutions.” Winograd
suggests proactive programs, such as Shelter Accountability, Affordable
Spay/Neuter, working with rescue groups to take animals, Adoption Programs
(including offsite venues), Feral Cat TNR Programs, Pet Retention Programs,
medical and behavior rehabilitation, foster care, public relations and
development and a compassionate, hard working animal control director, who
isn’t content hiding behind the myth of “too many animals, not enough
homes.”

To be effective, animal problems must be addressed realistically instead of
being “agenda” driven as they are at the present time.

SOURCE: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
(210) 822-6763 rpoa@texas.net

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
August 25, 2015
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

This attached flyer is a recent RPOA press release on PR Newswire, which was
distributed nationally. Please “save” and use it to educate city officials
as needed. RPOA has received notice of multiple Texas cities that are
considering the usual “animal rights agenda” ordinance changes. More on the
cities to come later so stay tuned!
—————————

“ALL PETS MATTER,”
says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
San Antonio, Texas, August 15, 2015

Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There
oughtta’ be a law!”

Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that
exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters –
not less. New laws run the gamut although seldom enforced: Mandatory pet
spay/neuter, mandatory microchips, differential licensing (higher license
fees for intact dogs/cats), cat licensing, pet limits, annual permits for
all species of animals, breeding bans, breed specific legislation,
anti-tethering laws and more.

Animal problems vary as to regions, with Northern states experiencing a
shortage of puppies for adoption/sale and Southern states with a more
abundant supply. Adolescent large dogs are numerous in shelters.
Statistics show that stray animal problems are predominantly in low income
neighborhoods with high crime rates, gang problems, and drug use.

Bob Christiansen, author of “Save Our Strays,” writes: “Targeting high
problem areas within a community with helpful, people-friendly intervention
programs will yield the most benefits (for people and pets) per funds spent.
When government looks at ways of solving transgressions, fines and fees play
an important role in modifying human behavior. This approach works well
with human violations … [but] is not effective with low-income animal
owners. This failed policy unjustly targets the poor.”

Animal Rights Extremists try to convince elected officials that breeders are
responsible for animals relinquished to shelters – not their owners – while
only 5% of shelter dogs are purebreds and less than 1% are purebred cats.
The vegans say: “Don’t breed, don’t buy, while shelter animals die” —
which is forever. All emphasis is on “breeding” instead of pet retention
and confining pets to the owner’s property. It’s not rocket science!

A late 90’s study by the now defunct “National Council on Pet Population
Study and Policy (NCPPSP)” compiled statistics from 12 selected animal
shelters that remain relevant today. The study began with the premise:
“This problem cannot be solved unless we truly understand the problem.”

The following “Reasons for Relinquishment” were given for both dogs and
cats: Moving; landlord not allowing pets; too many animals in household;
pet maintenance cost; owner’s personal problems; inadequate facilities; no
homes available for litter mate. Additionally, regarding dogs: having no
time for pet; pet illness(es). Additionally, regarding cats: allergies in
family, house soiling, incompatibility with other pets.

“All the legislation in the world isn’t going to make a community No Kill,”
says Nathan Winograd in his E-Newsletter “No Kill Solutions.” Winograd
suggests proactive programs, such as Shelter Accountability, Affordable
Spay/Neuter, working with rescue groups to take animals, Adoption Programs
(including offsite venues), Feral Cat TNR Programs, Pet Retention Programs,
medical and behavior rehabilitation, foster care, public relations and
development and a compassionate, hard working animal control director, who
isn’t content hiding behind the myth of “too many animals, not enough
homes.”

To be effective, animal problems must be addressed realistically instead of
being “agenda” driven as they are at the present time.

SOURCE: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
(210) 822-6763 rpoa@texas.net

August 15, 2015

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/all-pets-matter-says-responsible-pet-owners-alliance-of-texas-300129005.html

“ALL PETS MATTER,” says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas

SAN ANTONIO,

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There oughtta’ be a law!”

Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters – not less.  New laws run the gamut:  Mandatory pet spay/neuter, mandatory microchips, differential licensing (higher license fees for intact dogs/cats), cat licensing, pet limits, annual permits for all species of animals, breeding bans, breed specific legislation, anti-tethering laws and more.

Animal problems vary as to regions, with Northern states experiencing a shortage of puppies for adoption/sale and Southern states with a more abundant supply.  Adolescent large dogs are numerous in shelters.

Statistics show that stray animal problems are predominantly in low income neighborhoods with high crime rates, gang problems, and drug use.

Bob Christiansen, author of “Save Our Strays,” writes:  “Targeting high problem areas within a community with helpful, people-friendly intervention programs will yield the most benefits (for people and pets) per funds spent.  When government looks at ways of solving transgressions, fines and fees play an important role in modifying human behavior.  This approach works well with human violations … [but] is not effective with low-income animal owners.  This failed policy unjustly targets the poor.”

Animal Rights Extremists try to convince elected officials that breeders are responsible for animals relinquished to shelters – not their owners – while only 5% of shelter dogs are purebreds and less than 1% are purebred cats.  The vegans say:  “Don’t breed, don’t buy, while shelter animals die” — which is forever.  All emphasis is on “breeding” instead of pet retention and confining pets to the owner’s property.  It’s not rocket science!

A late 90’s study by the now defunct “National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP)” compiled statistics from 12 selected animal shelters that remain relevant today.  The study began with the premise:

“This problem cannot be solved unless we truly understand the problem.”

The following “Reasons for Relinquishment” were given for both dogs and cats:

Moving; landlord not allowing pets; too many animals in household; pet maintenance cost; owner’s personal problems; inadequate facilities; no homes available for litter mate.  Additionally, regarding dogs:  having no time for pet; pet illness(es).  Regarding cats:allergies in family, house soiling, incompatibility with other pets.

“All the legislation in the world isn’t going to make a community No Kill,” says Nathan Winograd in his E-Newsletter “No Kill Solutions.”

Winograd suggests proactive programs, such as Shelter Accountability, Affordable Spay/Neuter, working with rescue groups to take animals, Adoption Programs (including offsite venues), Feral Cat TNR Program, Pet Retention Programs, medical and behavior rehabilitation, foster care, public relations and development and a compassionate, hard working animal control director, who isn’t content hiding behind the myth of “too many animals, not enough homes.”

To be effective, animal problems must be addressed realistically instead of being “agenda” driven as they are at the present time.

www.rpoatexasoutreach.org

 

August 10, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net
(PERMISSION TO USE ATTACHED FLYER!)

“Don’t Mess With Texas Pets!”
Says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

Keep our pets out of politics!
They are all that keeps us sane in this crazy world.
http://tinyurl.com/po8ep3e

Most pet owners are blissfully unaware of the threat to pet ownership from
the Animal Rights Movement that exists today.

In a book review of Dr. David Fritsch’s “The Death of A Culture:
Understanding the War: Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare,” E. M. Gilbert Jr.
writes, “The author defines the issue: The issue is the presence of the
legislative sweep itself. It is a created phenomenon. It is created by
organizations committed to a cultural philosophy which is not in the
interest of animal ownership and enjoyment. It is created specifically to
eliminate our rights and relationship to our domestic animals. It is a war,
calculated and organized by our enemies and we have not recognized that as
yet. Neither have our local legislators.”

Every session of the Texas State Legislature, pet owners are hit with a
plethora of animal related bills filed by legislators fulfilling campaign
promises and unaware of the national legislative anti-pet agenda behind most
of them. The bill titles are deceiving and rarely convey the actual
convoluted text therein.

To be defeated, the “war” must first be acknowledged and the enemy
“identified.” In 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of
Agriculture examined the phenomenon of animal rights extremism in the United
States and reported: “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. All extremist animal rights groups
are believed to be associated with each other by leadership, membership, or
both.”

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the largest and wealthiest
“animal rights” organization in the world, with loosely affiliated state
“humane” organizations, in addition to international affiliates. Under the
guise of “animal protection” and “animal advocates,” IRS Tax Returns show
only 1% of their $150 million annual budget actually goes to local pet
shelters.

Charity Navigator, one of the most trust-worthy charity evaluators,
downgraded HSUS from a 4-Star Rating to a 3-star Rating, and then revoked
that rating this year. They issued a “Donor Advisory” warning instead due
to a lawsuit, which involved HSUS allegedly paying a witness who lied to a
federal court regarding treatment of the Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants.
http://www.awesomeocean.com/2014/07/31/breaking-hsus-loses-charity-rating/ .

Ending a decade of litigation, HSUS paid Ringling Bros. Circus $15.75
million to settle the RICO (as in racketeering and corrupt organizations)
Lawsuit with ASPCA agreeing to pay $9.3 million to Feld Entertainment.
These two national “animal rights” organizations appear to have similar
goals.

Pets are only a small part of the radical Animal Rights Agenda, which is
closely aligned with the extreme Environmental Movement. HSUS strives to
eliminate all animal use — albeit in incremental regulatory steps — and
this “war” will endure for our lifetime.
SOURCE Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
RELATED LINKS
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July 30, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net
To donate/PayPal: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
Please forward and crosspost!

Your donations make all things possible! Our appreciation to our 2015
donors listed below. We do not list
individual donors by name due to “militant vegan animal rights extremists”
who oppose all animal use, breeding,
sales and even pet “ownership” itself as these individuals could become a
target for harassment. Our membership
list is confidential. Our NEW T-Shirts are in with our RPOA Outreach name,
new logo and “Don’t Mess With Texas Pets” on the front!
They are free, including a free bumper sticker, to all $100 (or more)
donors. Just send us your size!

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (IRS 501 C3 NONPROFIT) Contributors for 2015
to date:
A Very Special Thank You to the Walter Connally Powell, Jr. Foundation for a
grand total of $12,000 this year!

And to $17,402.46 from the Estate of Rosa Lee Phillips, a Viszla lover/Vizla
Club member who participated in RPOA’s
Rescue Program in our beginnings, before her health declined. Probation of
the will has taken years and was divided among multiple
animal groups.

Other donors:
$281.44 from Petco’s “Spring A Pet” in-store fundraising campaign — a
record breaking success, they claim!
$250 Houston Chihuahua Club

2015 Donors to: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach (IRS 501 C4
NONPROFIT)
Donations to our “Legislative Fund” are not IRS tax deductible.

We regret to hear that Miniature Pinscher Club of Greater Houston, Texas
recently disbanded.
We received their check for $634.44, the balance from their treasury with
these kind words: “We know what a good job you do and we wanted to donate
to your Alliance. Please use this money in any way you see fit for good
legislation for dogs.” But we’re dismayed to lose them!

OTHER 2015 CLUB DONORS:
$1,000 Nolan River Kennel Club
$1,000 Fort Bend Kennel Club
$1,000 Toy Club of Greater Houston
$500 Mission City Stewards Club
$500 Texas Coastal Brittany Club
$250 “Anonymous” AKC Dog Club (didn’t want to be named)
$100 North Texas Nonsporting Association
$50 National Toy Fox Terrier Association
Let us know if we’ve overlooked anyone!

The RPOA Texas Outreach Legislative Fund is depleted from the recent 84th
Session of the Texas Legislature. If we’re to go forward with our plans for
the next session, it takes funding or our hands are tied. This is a never
ending battle and we have ideas for some advertising as “preaching to the
choir makes a very small church!” Texas legislators, veterinarians, and
media MUST be educated to the radical anti-pet agenda we so vigorously
oppose. RPOA Texas Outreach is the “reasonable voice regarding all Texas
animal issues” and the only state federation that has an office and all the
expense that entails.

 

July 21, 2015

[Attachment(s) from RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS ALLIANCE included below]

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net
To donate/PayPal: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org

Please forward widely and assist RPOA with our campaign to educate media,
veterinarians, elected officials and “John Q. Pet Owner” to the real agenda
of the radical Animal “Rights” Movement. This attachment went out on PR
Newswire July 1st. Please open and save it. If you don’t stand up for your
animals, who will? RPOA is only as strong as our membership!

Animal “Rights” is about abolition, not animal cruelty,
says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas
San Antonio, Texas July 1, 2015 PR Newswire

Words “can” hurt you if you ignore these extremists! They’ve been telling us
their agenda to end all interaction with animals for years, but few believed
them.

Animal “rights” groups profess to work for improved animal treatment while
their ultimate goal is to abolish the following: 1) breeding and ownership
of pets; 2) use of animals in biomedical research; 3) raising farm animals
for food, clothing, by-products such as insulin; 4) use of animals in
education and entertainment, including zoos, aquariums, circuses and rodeos;
and 5) all forms of hunting (including field trial competition, trapping and
fishing, according to Capital Research Center. http://capitalresearch.org

Gary Francione and Tom Regan, “A Movement’s Means Create Its Ends,” were
quoted in Animals’ Agenda: “There are fundamental and profound differences
between the philosophy of animal welfare and that of animal rights . Thus
welfare reforms, by their very nature, can only serve to retard the pace at
which animal rights goals are achieved.”

There is a cult-like following among national animal “rights” organizations,
such as Humane Society of US, ASPCA, PETA, Animal Legal Defense Fund and
state affiliated groups, but most followers are unaware of the true radical
agenda they support vocally and financially.
The zealots are in in our legislative halls at all levels of government and
manipulate a gullible media to promote their legislative campaigns. There
are more pet owners in the country than these extremists so elected
officials would be wise to consider this before promoting their anti-pet
proposals. Vegans constitute less than 2 % of the population.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has told us for years
that no more pet breeding should be allowed so the cat and dog surplus would
decline and “eventually companion animals would be phased out and we could
return to a more symbiotic relationship – enjoyment at a distance.”

Animal Rights Extremists believe that any use of an animal is
“exploitation,” including pet ownership which they compare to slavery. Steve
Wise, with “The Nonhuman Rights Project,” has sought “personhood” for
animals in our court system for years, removing animals from property status
beginning with the apes and then all animals eventually. The consequences
would be disastrous if Wise succeeds. Animals could be assigned a legal
court “guardian” and owners won’t “own” their animals anymore. It would end
all use of animals for any reason in one fell swoop!

In 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture
examined the phenomenon of animal rights extremism in the United States and
reported: “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. All extremist animal rights groups are
believed to be associated with each other by leadership, membership, or
both.”

Source: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
www.responsiblepetowners.org

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July 1, 2015

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/animal-rights-is-about-abolition-not-animal-cruelty-says-responsible-pet-owners-alliance-of-texas-300107739.html http://tinyurl.com/qhnepj5

SAN ANTONIO,  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Words can hurt you if you ignore these extremists! They’ve been telling us their agenda to end all interaction with animals for years, but few believed them.

Animal “rights” groups profess to work for improved animal treatment while their ultimate goal is to abolish the following: 1) breeding and ownership of pets; 2) use of animals in biomedical research; 3) raising farm animals for food, clothing, by-products such as insulin; 4) use of animals in education and entertainment, including zoos, aquariums, circuses and rodeos; and 5) all forms of hunting (including field trial competition, trapping and fishing), according to Capital Research Center. http://capitalresearch.org

Gary Francione and Tom Regan, “A Movement’s Means Create Its Ends,” were quoted in Animals’ Agenda: “There are fundamental and profound differences between the philosophy of animal welfare and that of animal rights … Thus welfare reforms, by their very nature, can only serve to retard the pace at which animal rights goals are achieved.”

There is a cult-like following among national animal “rights” organizations, such as Humane Society of US, ASPCA, PETA, Animal Legal Defense Fund and state affiliated groups, but most followers are unaware of the true radical agenda they support vocally and financially.

The zealots are in in our legislative halls at all levels of government and manipulate a gullible media to promote their legislative campaigns. There are more pet owners in the country than these extremists so elected officials would be wise to consider this before promoting their anti-pet proposals. Vegans constitute less than 2% of the population.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has told us for years that no more pet breeding should be allowed so the cat and dog surplus would decline and “eventually companion animals would be phased out and we could return to a more symbiotic relationship – enjoyment at a distance.”

Animal Rights Extremists believe that any use of an animal is “exploitation,” including pet ownership which they compare to slavery. Steve Wise, with “The Nonhuman Rights Project,” has sought “personhood” for animals in our court system for years, removing animals from property status beginning with the apes and then all animals eventually. The consequences would be disastrous if Wise succeeds. Animals could be assigned a legal court “guardian” and owners won’t “own” their animals anymore. It would end all use of animals for any reason in one fell swoop!

In 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture examined the phenomenon of animal rights extremism in the United States and reported: “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. All extremist animal rights groups are believed to be associated with each other by leadership, membership, or both

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June 30, 2015

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/responsible-pet-owners-alliance-militant-vegans-target-texas-dog-and-cat-breeders-300106154.html

http://tinyurl.com/prpkysw

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American
Kennel Club show/hobby exhibitors are caught in the “Puppy Mill” Net, a
national “animal rights” propaganda campaign to eliminate all pet
breeding in the U.S.

“We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals; they are
creations of human selective breeding,” says Wayne Pacelle, vegan
President of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). HSUS has no
affiliation with local shelters and is not a government agency.

HSUS defines every dog and cat breeder in the country as a “Puppy Mill”
in their “Change Agenda for Animals.” #5) Puppy mills – require all dog
and cat breeders to comply with AWA [federal Animal Welfare Act]
requirements, including those who sell directly to the public; … ”
http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/change_agenda_for_animals.pdf

HSUS wrote the template legislation being promoted in every state to
eliminate breeders, not regulate them!

“USDA regulations are impossible to meet in a home setting and were
originally written for sterile animal research facilities,” said Mary
Beth Duerler, Responsible Pet Owners Alliance executive director. “The
zealots consider breeding any animal to be animal cruelty and have
little animal expertise.”

The extremists chose Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, to ram Texas HB
1451, the misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill, through the 2011 Legislature with
lies and coercion — undeniably the most powerful legislator in Austin.
The final version did not even contain the “commercial” word and
included cat breeders! Each session Thompson has blocked efforts for
any changes to her bill. Animal owners are being denied rightful
representation at the state Capitol.

HB 1451 mandates USDA regulations at a minimum, requiring special
drainage, sterilization of all surfaces coming in contact with animals,
and much more. This law must be repealed and replaced with reasonable
regulations by eliminating requirements for USDA regulations, the $1,000
“Breeder Bounty,” third party contracts for enforcement, a “Snitch Slush
Fund,” a stacked Breeders Advisory Committee, and anonymous complaints
allowed which mandate a Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
(TDLR) investigation. The new law has become a “harassment tool” for
extremists who search the Internet for breeders to report for
investigation, when these breeders are not required to be licensed.

Oklahoma Rep. Phil Richardson succeeded in “repealing and replacing”
their similar law, transferring administration to the Agriculture
Department and eliminating their “Board of Commercial Pet Breeders.”
Richardson said the Board had become too confrontational with pet
breeders and that the Agriculture Department was better able to deal
with the situation.

After many contentious meetings, Dr. Lori Teller, DVM, resigned from the
Texas Board saying: “I think we are driving the good breeders out of
business … the breeders who do seriously care about the animals they
raise and improving the breeds they are passionate about will either be
out of business or, at the least, out of state.”

The administration and enforcement of HB 1451 must be moved under the
Texas Department of Agriculture where animal expertise reigns!

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June 29, 2015

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

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Although we had a successful but contentious six months with our Texas Legislature recently, there were many lessons learned. We’ll elaborate later but hiring a lobbyist was only “the first step.” We need each of you to educate your personal legislators and veterinarians and we’ll provide Fact Sheets at times on all animal issues to do so. Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) are already making plans and we must do no less.

Each of you play a major role in educating your personal legislators: House and Senate. Your voice as a “voter” carries the most weight with them! If you haven’t already identified your legislators, go to www.capitol.state.tx.us and type your address in the home page box in lower right corner. Print out the list that pops up. You can go to your legislators personal web page link from there and print out all his Austin office information, home office address, phone, fax, e-mail, etc. Since the Legislature adjourned June 1st, they can be found at their home offices now.

We have found that most legislators don’t have time to read proposed animal bills; don’t know the difference between animal welfare and animal “rights;” don’t know existing animal laws in our state; and will only believe the HSUS/THLN propaganda — unless you educate them otherwise. So we’ll send you appropriate Fact Sheets at times to educate your legislature on these important issues. Your veterinarian’s email and/or fax number should also be added to your list as Texas Veterinary Medical Association has been misled by HSUS and THLN the past two legislative sessions. Your first assignment is to send your legislators this attachment, reporting on the 84th Legislative Session which adjourned June 1st. Our animals are counting on us to defend them and truth matters!

June 9, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
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Congratulations to Iowa dog and cat owners!
Now that the Legislature has adjourned, RPOA will continue with our efforts
to get the
Texas Dog and Cat Breeder Bill administration moved under the Texas
Agriculture
Department instead of Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, and
eliminate
the Breeders Advisory Committee. The predicted 1,000 Texas licensed
breeders has
never materialized; never surpassed 170 licensees; and HB 1451 is mandated
by law
to be self funded.
If Oklahoma did it, so can Texas.
(Note the reference below to owning 4 intact dogs and receiving “any”
compensation!
More information can be found at the AKC link.)
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Iowa Legislature Adjourns Without Passing New Breeder Restrictions
By: AKC Government Relations Department
/June 8, 2015/

Thanks to the tireless efforts of many AKC club members and Iowa
breeders, a bill that would have had a detrimental impact on dog
breeders and hobbyists in Iowa will not move forward this year.

Senate File 502 (Formerly Senate Files 168 and 347) would have created
numerous new requirements on those who own at least 4 intact dogs and
receive any compensation for breeding. The AKC strongly believes all
dogs deserve life in a safe, healthy and humane environment and that no
dog should be kept in conditions where these basic needs are not met.
However, many provisions in the bill were not in the best interest of
dogs or responsible Iowa breeders. Read AKC’s previous Legislative
Alert, which further outlines the concerns with this bill
<http://www.akc.org/government-relations/legislative-alerts/iowa-alert-breed
er-regulations-bill-number-changes-again-concerns-remain/> .

The AKC thanks the numerous AKC club members, breeders, hobbyists and
exhibitors who spent a significant amount of time educating the Iowa
Legislature about responsible breeders and the humane care of dogs.
This bill could be reconsidered again in 2016, and Iowa breeders and dog
owners are encouraged to take the time while the legislature is out of
session to continue educating your lawmakers on these important issues.

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June 4, 2015

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The Dallas Morning News reporter below is only reporting from the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) perspective. Not Texas animal owners! Comments can be made at the bottom of the article and RPOA asks that you gently inform the newspaper of its many inaccuracies. in addition to writing letters to the editor. Brittney Martin contacted RPOA about bills filed during the legislative session and then proceeded to totally ignore everything we gave her. This is her second misleading article.

If THLN told the truth, they would never get legislation passed! All their bills are deceptively labeled with conflicting text — reminiscent of Obamacare. Their “Tethering” Bill would have outlawed many backyard dog houses, not only those for tethered dogs, by requiring the “stand erect” provision. It included other objectionable requirements for ALL “outdoor unattended dogs” in addition to tethering requirements, written by extremists with little animal knowledge of proper care and behavior of animals.

THLN is the Texas arm of Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and joins ASPCA and HSUS in “Lobby Day” at the Capitol each legislative session. RPOA strives to keep the truth on the table … never an easy task, so we count on all of you to spread the message! THLN is laying the groundwork for the next legislative session as we speak. Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, filed 3 “animal rights” bills this session (two were “repeats” from last session) and all were defeated: bills establishing a Texas “Pet Abuser Registry,” a state “Animal Welfare Commission,” and a bill increasing court costs (even more than existing expense!) to prevent appeals in animal cruelty cases. The extremists call every use of animals “cruelty” — even breeding animals! So it’s a changing world. Every animal owner deserves the right of appeal in our court system. Fortunately we had support from other Texas animal groups’ lobbyists to kill many of these bills. It was definitely a successful session for all of us to “protect man’s best friend” from these zealots.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20150601-not-every-do g-had-its-day-this-session-in-texas-legislature.ece

OR

http://tinyurl.com/nuzfqvf By Brittney Martin, Dallas Morning News “It’s been a ruff session for lawmakers trying to protect man’s best friend. Proposals to punish owners who tie up dogs outside and to allow shelter workers to vaccinate animals when they take them in to stop the spread of disease were among the bills that died this year because of inaction and legislative deadlines.

Farrar said that despite legislative setbacks, she intends to ask House Speaker Joe Straus to approve a study on animal welfare issues before the next regular session.” End of quotes, read more at URL above.

 

May 28, 2015

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This Monday, June 1st, the 2015 Session of the Texas Legislation official adjourns. Texas animal owners can breathe a collective sigh of relief!
We’ll have a more detailed report later for our website. Governor Greg
Abbott has until June 21st to sign or veto bills. Bills without specific
dates for enforcement become effective August 31, 2015. The two bills we
supported passed and eight bills we opposed died!

Whether it was divine intervention, pure luck as deadlines played out, great effort by our lobbyist Gib Lewis, or the perseverance of all of you who responded to our Action Alerts, contacted your personal legislators and all committee members at times — whatever it was — we won. We’re confident that it was all of the above as there is an increased awareness now of the attack on pet/animal ownership nationwide from radical “animal rights” extremists. The only bill Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) got passed was “Animal Encounter Training of Peace Officers,” which RPOA supported! But it was really the dog owners whose dogs had been killed by local police unnecessarily that impressed legislators to correct this injustice.
Perhaps you’ve noticed:
National news media has picked up on the New York Chimp Court Case to grant “personhood” to apes. Fox News’ Attorney Peter Johnson even stated this morning that he agreed that the courts should grant them “personhood,” but then his reasoning followed the lines of providing “animal welfare” to animals. He didn’t comprehend the big picture! He mentioned the pet ownership is “slavery” concept, but didn’t seem to realize that PETA, HSUS, THLN, and the entire “Animal Rights Movement” mantra is that ALL pet ownership is “slavery,” even Johnson’s pets at home! We’re all supposed tbe “guardians” to our pets; they are not our “property.” At least this is out in the open now which gives us more credibility. But we have a lot of “educating” the public, legislators and media to do regarding this insane international agenda.
For the weekend, just enjoy your animals and stay safe with all the flooding in Texas!

May 27, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

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RPOA does much more than send out Legislative Action Alerts and educate the public on the difference between animal “rights” and animal “welfare.” It’s impossible to convey all that our RPOA members do in this state on a daily basis for animal “welfare.” However this is one example FYI below: Correspondence between Robyn Reed, Jack Russell Terrier Rescue, and Tessa Johnson at AKC Reunite. RPOA has administered a statewide all-species (mostly purebred!) Rescue Program for almost 25 years, “before rescue was even cool!” Before every Tom, Dick and Harry began “rescuing” with the mantra that “animals should never be bred until no animals are dying in shelters.” Like forever? Our rescuers are not dedicated to eliminating dog and cat breeds (nor all pets); but rather deeply concerned about what is in the best interest of Texas pets! They definitely do not want their breed/species to become a shelter statistic. ……………………………………………………….

On Behalf Of Tessa Johnson tsj@akcreunite.org Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:23 AM To: Robyn Reed; TX_RPOA_E-News-owner@yahoogroups.com Cc: Relief Subject: RE: Flooded Animal Shelters, Nonprofits Thank you Robyn!

I am reaching out to Austin Animal Services today to see if there is anything we can do to help. Tessa Johnson | Giving Programs Administrator AKC Reunite  | 919-816-3642 tsj@akcreunite.org From: Robyn Reed [mailto:y2alphadog@gvec.net] Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:06 PM To: TX_RPOA_E-News-owner@yahoogroups.com Cc: Relief Subject: Flooded Animal Shelters, Nonprofits

I know  that Austin Animal Services is in distress; suffering from flooding of kennels and holding areas. I am sure any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  This is AAS on Levander Loop in Austin, Texas.  My rescue group is good. Robyn G. Reed RRI/Texas Chapter y2alphadog@gvec.net www.russellrescue.com Good food, clean water, a warm blankie! Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!

A Rescued Dog

From: TX_RPOA_E-News@yahoogroups.com Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:47 PM Subject: AKC offers Assistance for Flooded Animal Shelters, Nonprofits Please forward far and wide the American Kennel Club (AKC) message below! FROM AKC:

We heard about the horrible flooding you’ve experienced and wanted to make sure you’re alright and see if there are any supplies your club needs to help shelters and other non-profits caring for animals displaced by the storms/flooding. Please contact Relief@akcreunite.org with what your needs are. Best, AKC and AKC Reunite Jessica Rice D’Amato Public Relations Manager Visit our website: www.akc.org

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Posted by: “RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS ALLIANCE” <RPOA@TEXAS.NET>

 

May 25, 2015

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As we pause this Memorial Day to thank our veterans for their sacrifice during multiple wars, don’t forget the war dogs that served so courageously by their side! Dog breeds that were bred to serve mankind in special ways — too numerous to list here! There is an insidious national legislative “Animal Rights Agenda” to end all purposeful breeding of animals. So where will future war dogs, therapy dogs, search & rescue, hunting, and herding dogs in addition to many other working dog breeds come from? The supply of sterilized purebred “Rescue Dogs” will come to an end eventually!

THIS IS WHAT THE EXTREMISTS SAY: (We used to laugh at them, but no more!) Ingrid Newkirk: National Director of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) “For one thing we would no longer allow breeding. People could not create different breeds. If people had companion animals in their homes, these animals would have to be refugees from the animal shelter and the streets . But as the surplus of cats and dogs declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship – enjoyment at a distance.” Harper’s Forum Book, Jack Hitt,ed., 1989, p. 223

Kim Bartlett, “The Politics of Animal Liberation,” Editor of Animals’ Agenda, November 1987 Excerpts from the Twelve Steps of the Animal Rights Agenda: Step 10: “Stop any further breeding of companion animals, including purebred dogs and cats. Abolish commerce in animals for the pet trade.”

Wayne Pacelle: ( Vegan President of the Humane Society of the United States, former Executive Director of Fund for Animals) “We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” Animal People, May 1993.

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May 23, 2015

RPOA E-News From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance

Texas Outreach

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We can’t be sure that Texas HB 2562, the bill regulating ALL “outdoor unattended” dogs (not only tethered dogs) is dead until the Texas legislators leave the Capitol and return home June 1st! Rules can be suspended to enable legislators to do most anything they wish at the last minute and bills can be “attached” to similar bills still in the pipeline. Daily activities must be monitored closely. But our success to date is the result of a coalition of local, state and national animal organizations working together to preserve our historic relationship with animals. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance played a major role in our success to date and we look forward to working together in the future. We all know the “vegan, anti-hunting, anti-pet ownership vigilantes” will be back next session, but we’ll be ready for them! ………………………………………………………………….
May 20, 2015

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
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May 20, 2015
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Just one more week! BLOCK HB 234 (by Jessica Farrar, D-Houston) from moving
out of the Senate Justice Committee, chaired by Senator John Whitmire.
Everyone’s tired at this stage of the game, so let’s keep it brief! Please
email, call, and fax (if possible) the committee members below.
This is the THIRD “ANIMAL RIGHTS” BILL sponsored by Farrar this legislative
session.

Say: “PLEASE KILL HB 234 IN COMMITTEE. IT IS AN ATTEMPT TO DENY THE ANIMAL
OWNER AN APPEAL IN A CIVIL ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE BY MAKING IT COST
PROHIBITIVE. THIS IS STILL AMERICA!”

Criminal Justice Committee
and Staff:
John.Whitmire@house.state.tx.us
Terra.Tucker_sc@senate.state.tx.us
Joan.Huffman@senate.state.tx.us
Mario.Cicconetti@senate.state.tx.us
District10.Burton@senate.state.tx.us
Brandon.Creighton@senate.state.tx.us
Juan.Hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us
Josh.Reyna@senate.state.tx.us
Jose.Menendez@senate.state.tx.us
Jessica.Castelleja@senate.state.tx.us
Lisa.Leal@senate.state.tx.us
Charles.Perry@senate.state.tx.us

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Phone Numbers:
John.Whitmire@house.state.tx.us
Terra.Tucker_sc@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0115

Joan.Huffman@senate.state.tx.us
Mario.Cicconetti@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0117

District10.Burton@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0110

Brandon.Creighton@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0104

Juan.Hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us
Josh.Reyna@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0120

Jose.Menendez@senate.state.tx.us
Jessica.Castelleja@senate.state.tx.us
Lisa.Leal@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0126

Charles.Perry@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0128

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May 18, 2015

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Forward below from RPOA’s “Reptiles & Small Exotics” Rescue Group,
Frank and Teresa Shisk with “Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary of Texas!”

Whether it’s birds, reptiles, dogs, cats, ferrets or other species of pets, they are all endangered species now with the severe threat to animal ownership from cult-like radical “animal rights” extremists in our local, state and federal legislative halls and court system. Humane Society of the U.S. is the “elephant in the room” with their international agenda. What affects one species affects all animal owners. Note the similarity below regarding “painfully inaccurate media coverage” of this lawsuit and these snakes. We cannot continue to allow the media and radical extremists to define animal issues for us as they have NO knowledge of proper care and behavior of animals. Period. There are many more animal owners than there are vegan “animal rights” extremists!
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Lawsuit Update from the U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers:
View this newsletter on our website at www.usark.org/2015-blog/7144/
Before we get into this update, USARK would like to again clearly emphasize one glaring point. A point which has thus far throughout this case become obvious to even the Defendants, the anti-pet groups that pushed these listings, and even many who believed the sensationalized and painfully inaccurate media coverage of this lawsuit and these snakes.

The point: If the final ruling of this lawsuit is based upon fact and legitimate science, USARK and the Reptile Nation will prevail.
To say this lawsuit is about more than snakes is an understatement. To say this lawsuit is about more than reptiles is an understatement. This lawsuit even travels beyond the greater pet community. This is a lawsuit proving that David can slay Goliath, and that justice is still alive in America.

Now onto the lawsuit update.
On Friday (May 15, 2015), USARK and FWS filed supplemental briefs supporting their stances on the preliminary injunction. Both parties were limited to submissions of only seven pages. USARK again presented well-formed and steadfast arguments.

Among many other points, USARK included the regulations that are already enforced in Florida and Texas for these species. The extreme size of Texas was also noted as according to the range maps used for these listings, only a minuscule portion of Texas has even potentially suitable habitat. Even should the Court choose to exclude areas of the continental U.S. from the injunction, only that small area of Texas should be excluded and not the entire state.

USARK discussed the faulty science used for these listings. Our brief also provided factual biological information regarding these snakes.
FWS has suggested the Court stay (or halt) the injunction for 75 days. They argue this is the amount of time needed to decide whether or not to appeal. In response to the exclusion of Florida and Texas from the injunction, FWS says they should be excluded, claiming these snakes will wreak havoc on the U.S. FWS chose not to mention the regulations already enforced in Florida and Texas.

FWS went so far as to make a determination for the Court regarding what it has the power to do. FWS stated that, “any injunction must be limited to:”
1. Individually-named plaintiffs who submitted declarations demonstrating irreparable harm; 2. USARK members who were current before we filed our second amended complaint in March 2015, and who owned reticulated pythons or green anacondas at that time.
Shortly after our briefs were filed, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) jointly moved to intervene in our case. HSUS previously filed an amicus brief which was allowed by the Court. The brief offered absolutely nothing of value to the Court.

This HSUS brief claimed that constrictor snakes require ultraviolet light exposure and live prey. Reptile veterinarians, accredited snake physiologists and biologists, professional herpetologists and tens of thousands of responsible snake keepers in the U.S. would beg to differ and have proven otherwise.
USARK President Phil Goss offered this rebuttal: “If this is true, I’m quite unsure how several constrictor snakes in my care have now lived over twelve years in perfect health while never at any time being exposed to ultraviolet lighting or receiving live prey items. It must be something in the Indiana water.”

This extreme inaccuracy alone should provide sufficient evidence that HSUS has nothing to offer the Court in regard to this case. Illustrating the absence of even a rudimentary understanding of the biology and husbandry requirements of these snakes, HSUS and like-minded groups will merely present shameful propaganda and odious sensationalism in an effort to divert the Court from the truth. The HSUS brief was filled with copious amounts of misinformation.

The status conference is scheduled for May 18. The Court will make a final injunction ruling after reviewing the briefs and hearing oral arguments.
USARK has presented a strong, clear and factual case. The Court has granted our motion for preliminary injunction, which in itself is momentous. USARK is proving these injurious listings were unjust, overreaching and based upon bogus science. USARK faced adversity and never wavered. Thank you, Reptile Nation, for making it possible for the truth to be heard!

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May 15, 2015

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It’s Crunch Time At the Texas Legislature.
FORWARD FROM: TEXAS DOG COMMISSION

*HB 234: BAD BILL for Texas Animal Owners
NO to HB 234: Texans’ Property Rights in their Animals at Stake:
Ever Been Accused of Something You Didn’t Do?

(Bill Makes Appeal Bonds Too Expensive so No Appeals in Animal Seizures) The
Government Does not Always Get it Right. If animals are seized that does not
always mean the owner was cruel. These are property cases and can divest you
of your animals forever.
Hearing, Not a Trial & Not a Jury. In civil animal seizures an owner gets a
hearing before a judge that is oftentimes not even an attorney (JP Courts do
not require judge to be a lawyer).

Hearings are Stacked Against the Owner. The hearing occurs very quickly and
can be the next day after the animals are taken so the owner often does not
have an attorney. He alone facing a county attorney, investigators,
sometimes vets, peace officer who got the warrant, and all of them will
testify against the owner.
Appeal is the ONLY way to get a Trial & Jury. The ONLY way an owner gets a
trial and a jury is if he can appeal the order from the hearing.
Animal Control & Shelters Receiving Seized Animals Do NOT Want Appeals. They
do not want you to have an appeal because justice can be inconvenient and
diminishes their power to take animals.

The Right to an Appeal & Jury Prevents Unbridled Government Power to Seize
Property: The “Fat” Horse Case. For a while in Texas, there were no appeals
and some far reaching seizures took place. A prime example of the abuse that
occurred was the case of the “fat” horse. The alleged “fat” horse was taken
from a man’s property with NO notice when he was NOT there, NO seizure
warrant, and because the hearing was a couple of days later, he showed up in
court with NO attorney (could not find one), and faced all these witnesses
against him ALONE scared and embarrassed with NO witnesses for him. The
allegation was he was cruel because his mare was too fat. She was about to
deliver a foal. The owner tried to tell the judge to no avail so he lost his
registered, beautiful Quarter Horse forever.

How to Prevent Appeals: Make them too Expensive. HB 234 tacks on the
Government’s attorney fees (unheard of) to appeal bonds so that they will be
too costly and no one can get an appeal.
Appeal Bonds in Seizures: NOT a % of the Bond. The owner has to pay the full
bond to appeal, not a percentage of it like in criminal cases. Murderers can
get a criminal bond easier that an animal owner in a civil property case.
Your Rights are at Stake. Call & Email the Texas Senate and tell them NO to
HB 234!! Make sure any emails state your opposition in the subject title!!
Link to find out who your SENATOR is:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

Send to ALL Texas Senators!
List of Senators and some Staffers:
Paul.Bettencourt@senate.state.tx.us
Stacie.Bennett@senate.state.tx.us
Konni.Burton@senate.state.tx.us
Brian.Birdwell@senate.state.tx.us
Matt.Cope@senate.state.tx.us
Donna.Campbell@senate.state.tx.us
Philip.Hayes@senate.state.tx.us
Brandon.Creighton@senate.state.tx.us
Kevin.Eltife@senate.state.tx.us
Craig.Estes@senate.state.tx.us
John.Bennett@senate.state.tx.us
Troy.Fraser@senate.state.tx.us
Quinn.qian_sc@senate.state.tx.us
Sylvia.Garcia@senate.state.tx.us
Isabel.Longoria@senate.state.tx.us
Bob.Hall@senate.state.tx.us
Amy.Jones@senate.state.tx.us
Kelly.Hancock@senate.state.tx.us
Kyle.Jackson@senate.state.tx.us
Juan.Hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us
Josh.Reyna@senate.state.tx.us
Don.Huffines@senate.state.tx.us
Joan.Huffman@senate.state.tx.us
Lois.Kolkhorst@senate.state.tx.us
Eddie.Lucio@senate.state.tx.us
Louie.Sanchez@senate.state.tx.us
Jose.Menendez@senate.state.tx.us
Jessica.Castelleja@senate.state.tx.us
Lisa.Leal@senate.state.tx.us
Jane.Nelson@senate.state.tx.us
Robert.Nichols@senate.state.tx.us
Cristina.Ojibway@senate.state.tx.us
Charles.Perry@senate.state.tx.us
Jose.Rodriguez@senate.state.tx.us
Charles.Schwertner@senate.state.tx.us
Kel.Seliger@senate.state.tx.us
Rusty.Smith@senate.state.tx.us
Larry.Taylor@senate.state.tx.us
Nicole.Sunstrum@senate.state.tx.us
Van.Taylor@senate.state.tx.us
Carlos.Uresti@senate.state.tx.us
Jerry.Needham@senate.state.tx.us
Kirk.Watson@senate.state.tx.us
Royce.West@senate.state.tx.us
Judith.Zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us
Krista.Kyle@senate.state.tx.us

Telephone Numbers of Texas Senators:
Paul.Bettencourt@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0107
Konni.Burton@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0110
Brian.Birdwell@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0122
Donna.Campbell@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0125
Brandon.Creighton@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0104
Kevin.Eltife@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0101
Craig.Estes@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0130
Troy.Fraser@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0124
Sylvia.Garcia@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0106
Bob.Hall@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0102
Kelly.Hancock@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0109
Juan.Hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0120
Don.Huffines@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0116
Joan.Huffman@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0117
Lois.Kolkhorst@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0118
Eddie.Lucio@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0127
Jose.Menendez@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0126
Jane.Nelson@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0112
Robert.Nichols@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0103
Charles.Perry@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0128
Jose.Rodriguez@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0129
Charles.Schwertner@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0105
Kel.Seliger@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0131
Larry.Taylor@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0111
Van.Taylor@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0108
Carlos.Uresti@senate.state.tx.us
512) 463-0119
Kirk.Watson@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0114
Royce.West@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0123
Judith.Zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us
(512) 463-0121

May 15, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News

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HB 2562, the Tethering Bill that wasn’t only about “tethering” dogs, is dead! This is a major accomplishment in the state of Texas where animal “rights” groups are writing all our animal laws at the present time: Texas Humane Legislation Network, Humane Society of U.S., ASPCA (in New York!), and Animal Legal Defense Fund (national group seeking “personhood” in our legal system to prevent all animal use and interaction), in addition to some local humane societies and misguided “rescue” groups. This bill would have established unworkable and unreasonable standards of care for ALL “outdoor unattended” dogs, such as dogs let out the backdoor this morning to tinkle! Many dog owners don’t even have an outdoor dog house. Their owner’s home is the dog house and the dog just lets them share it!

Thanks to all the national groups who coordinated our opposition: American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners Voting Alliance, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Endangered Breed Association, American Dog Breeders Association, Texas Dog Commission; probably many more animal groups that we don’t even know about, and all the individual Texas animal owners (all species). We’ll have more later on this great victory, but couldn’t have done it without all of you — working together!

Now on to defeat HB 234, by Farrar, another animal “rights” inspired bill, designed to deny animal owners the right of appeal in animal cruelty cases by making it even more unaffordable than existing law. Not everyone accused of animal cruelty is actually cruel and this is a major topic for “animal rights vigilantes” who attempt to harass and regulate animal ownership out of existence.

HB 234 has passed House second reading and surely will pass third reading today and move forward for Senate Committee and Senate Floor Vote. Deadline for passing Senate Bills is May 27, so any stall or slow down is monumental! Please contact your state senator (or all 31 senators) and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick! You can find all their contact info at www.capitol.state.tx.us and your personal senator’s information. Keep it brief. It’s not over until it’s over!

May 14, 2015

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May 14, 2015
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Dog Press has an excellent article this issue on Oklahoma and “Trojan Horse”
legislation originating from HSUS; detailing how important it is that
purebred dog, cat and bird owners understand the connection. Shades of our
Texas “Trojan Horse” Bills! Have you noticed the deceiving titles for
“Animal Rights” Anti-Pet Legislation? A Texas “Puppy Mill” Bill that
doesn’t even contain the “commercial” word and now a “Tethering Bill” this
legislative session that regulates Care and Sheltering of ALL “outdoor
unattended” dogs. 99.9% of this bill’s supporters don’t even know what the
bill says!

The article at the link below is very well written and the proof is in the
pudding. Have you watched the progress of anti-pet legislation in Texas
over the past 10 years, legislating animal ownership out of existence? No
use of animals … Sea World’s Shamu, “Lucky,” the San Antonio Zoo elephant,
Barnum & Bailey elephants being fazed out, New York carriage rides under
attack. No breeding; no sales of animals (“Adopt, Don’t Shop”). Getting
the message yet?
http://www.thedogpress.com/OK-confiscation-bill-not-OK_Cozad-15051.asp
This is Texas. Don’t Mess With Texas Pets!

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May 11, 2015

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We’re in crunch time at our Texas Legislative Session. Deadlines are set
for all bill movement and there is a frenzy among legislators to get their
bills passed.
So time is of the essence for today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday).
Bills must be out of Calendars Committee and set for a Floor Vote by Tuesday
we’re told or they are officially dead. So if you haven’t contacted the
Calendars Committee members below, please do so “for animals’ sake!” OPPOSE
BOTH BILLS. Contact all below and your personal House representative who
can be found at www.capitol.state.tx.us with a search box in lower right
corner of home page. You can email your personal representative from their
home page.

PLACE “OPPOSE HB 234 (ANIMAL CRUELTY APPEAL COST) AND HB 2562 (OUTDOOR
DOGS)” IN THE SUBJECT LINE! Copy and paste all below as message:
HB 234 is written to make an appeal of animal cruelty cases even more cost
prohibitive than existing law. Not all animal cruelty cases are meritorious
and are reversed on appeal sometimes.

HB 2562, Care of all Outdoor Dogs in addition to Tethering Regulations:
Being promoted “dishonestly” as a “Tethering Law” when in truth it regulates
ALL outdoor dogs and will outlaw most existing dog houses, etc. This bill
is opposed by the following organizations and their Texas affiliated clubs:
American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, US Sportsmen’s Alliance,
Endangered Breed Association, American Dog Breeders Association, Texas Dog
Commission, Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners Voting Alliance, and our
organization Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach. American
Kennel Club alone has 305 licensed kennel and breed clubs in Texas (with
even more UKC clubs), and RPOA is the AKC state federation for Texas,
representing 305 AKC clubs in Texas.

2015 House Calendars Committee
Todd Hunter, Corpus
(512) 463-0672
Fax: 512 463 2101 (does not want emails)
http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=32

Eddie Lucio, iii, Brownsville
(512) 463-0606
Ruben.obell@house.state.tx.us
Houston.tower@house.state.tx.us

Roberto Alonzo, Dallas
(512) 463-0408
Deborah.alemu@house.state.tx.us

Byron Cook, Rep, Corsicana
(512) 463-0730
Toni.barcellona@house.state.tx.us

Sarah Davis, Houston
(512) 463-0389
Brigette.dechant@house.state.tx.us

Charlie Geren, River Oaks
(512) 463-0610
http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=99

Helen Giddings, Desoto
(512) 463-0953
Neo.baepi@house.state.tx.us

Patricia Harless, Spring
(512) 463-0496
Julie.scott@house.state.tx.us

Dan Huberty, Kingwood
(512) 463-0520
Casey.christman@house.state.tx.us
Ben.melson@house.state.tx.us

Eric Johnson, Dallas
(512) 463-0586
Renee.hollingsworth-hartley@house.state.tx.us

Ken King, Panhandle
(512) 463-0736
Megan.Quijano@house.state.tx.us

Lyle Larson, San Antonio
(512) 463-0646
District122.larson@house.state.tx.us
lyle.larson@house.state.tx.us

Four Price, Amarillo
(512) 463-0470
Four.price@house.state.tx.us (preferred email)
Hal.talton@house.state.tx.us

Debbie Riddle, Spring
(512) 463-0572
Justin.wolf@house.state.tx.us

Eddie Rodriguez, Austin
(512) 463-0674
Deisy.jaimes@house.state.tx.us

Thanks for caring!

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May 5

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Perhaps we boasted too soon! Keeping up with this bill is something like Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on first?” Rep. Senfronia Thompson is trying to breathe new life into HB 2562, Care of ALL Outdoor Dogs and Tethered Dogs, after it was pulled from the Local & Consent Calendar and sent back to Public Health Committee to die! Rep. Thompson signed on as a sponsor of the bill after it met so much opposition, bringing along 36 fellow legislator friends as Co-authors. I’m sure you remember Thompson from the infamous “Commercial Breeder” bill that also “wasn’t commercial” — just as this bill isn’t really a Tethering Bill.

NOW THE BILL WILL GO TO THE REGULAR “CALENDARS COMMITTEE.” MONDAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR HOUSE BILLS TO BE SET ON A HOUSE CALENDAR FOR A FLOOR VOTE. So time is of the essence! Please contact the legislators below with SUBJECT LINE: “DO NOT SET HB 2562 FOR VOTE” or fax/send this information below:

This bill is OPPOSED by the following national organizations and their Texas affiliated clubs: American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, US Sportsmen’s Alliance, Endangered Breed Association, American Dog Breeders Association, Texas Dog Commission, Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners Voting Alliance, and our organization Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach. American Kennel Club alone has 305 licensed kennel and breed clubs in Texas (with even more UKC clubs), and RPOA is the AKC state federation for Texas, representing 305 AKC clubs in Texas.

PROBLEMS REMAIN WITH HB 2562: We oppose: Shelter/Dog House size for dog to “stand erect,” Length of Tether, Chain link requirement, wording is “deliberately written to be confusing” and appears to target all “outside unattended” dogs, not only tethered dogs, no definition of “unattended” or “clean,” and requirement that “chain cannot become entangled.” This bill is a “tool” for militant animal “rights” extremists to harass dog owners even more than at the present time, especially hunting dogs since they oppose hunting itself!

The American Kennel Club warns: “This could impact dogs in a backyard for a few hours, when weather might not demand shelter and when the animals generally sleep and spend time indoors. If the bill is intended to address situations in which the dog primarily resides outside and on a tether then that should be clarified.” AKC sanctions multiple training and competitive outdoor events in Texas each year that contribute to the Texas economy and has concerns that the way this bill is written it could be interpreted to impact these events. Each dog and each day creates a separate violation.

The exceptions cover very limited activities with dogs: In public camping areas, being engaged in training for or activity for licensed state activities; shepherding or herding livestock; cultivating agriculture products. This excludes so many legitimate uses of dogs; it’s impossible to list them here.

Bill was written by Texas Humane Legislation Network, the Texas arm of Humane Society of the United States. These extremists have a national legislative agenda to end all use of animals, for any reason and have little knowledge regarding care and use of any animals, especially working and hunting dogs. They work in “incremental steps” to accomplish their radical agenda.

Texas Penal Code 42.092 Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals, Section (a) (7) 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.

2015 House Calendars Committee

Todd Hunter, Corpus

(512) 463-0672 Fax:

512 463 2101 (does not want emails) http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=32

Eddie Lucio, iii, Brownsville (512) 463-0606 Ruben.obell@house.state.tx.us Houston.tower@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=38

Roberto Alonzo, Dallas (512) 463-0408 Deborah.alemu@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=104

Byron Cook, Rep, Corsicana (512) 463-0730 Toni.barcellona@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=8

Sarah Davis, Houston (512) 463-0389 Brigette.dechant@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=134

Charlie Geren, River Oaks (512) 463-0610 http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=99

Helen Giddings, Desoto (512) 463-0953 Neo.baepi@house.state.ts.us district109giddings@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=109

Patricia Harless, Spring (512) 463-0496 Julie.scott@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=126

Dan Huberty, Kingwood (512) 463-0520 Casey.christman@house.state.tx.us Ben.melson@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=127

 

Eric Johnson, Dallas (512) 463-0586 Renee.hollingsworth-hartley@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=100

Ken King, Panhandle (512) 463-0736 Megan.Quijano@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=88

Lyle Larson, San Antonio (512) 463-0646 District122.larson@house.state.tx.us lyle.larson@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=122

Four Price, Amarillo (512) 463-0470 Four.price@house.state.tx.us (preferred email) Hal.talton@house.state.tx.us (unconfirmed) http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=87

Debbie Riddle, Spring (512) 463-0572 Justin.wolf@house.state.tx.us (person answering phone) http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=150

Eddie Rodriguez, Austin (512) 463-0674 Deisy.jaimes@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=51

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May 8, 2015

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Our lobbyist, former House Speaker Gibson Lewis, just informed us that Rep.
Kenneth Sheets withdrew his bill TX HB 2562, the misnamed “Tethering Bill”
and sent it back “to recommit to the Public Health Committee due to too many
objections!” Since deadlines are looming at the Legislature for bill
passage, time is running out and the bill is dead.

Thanks to everyone who cared enough to express your opposition to HB 2562,
including the following national organizations and their Texas affiliated
clubs: American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, US Sportsmen’s Alliance,
Endangered Breed Association, American Dog Breeders Association, Texas Dog
Commission, Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners Voting Alliance and many more!

Now on to HB 234, relating to fees and court costs for cruelly treated
animal cases, which is scheduled for a House Floor Vote on Monday! This is
another “animal rights” bill written to make an appeal for an animal cruelty
case cost prohibitive. It was Texas Humane Legislation Network that took
away the appeal in these cases in years past that we were able to get
restored at a later session. Now they are attempting to make it cost
prohibitive to even file an appeal. It’s not over, until it’s over!

 

May 6, 2015

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The message below went out on PR Newswire. Since it went out, the HB 2562
Committee Substitute has been posted to the Legislature’s website, but only
after some of our members protested “loudly.” And the bill hasn’t changed,
still affects ALL “outside” dogs, tethered or not tethered — a very bad
bill that must be killed!
………………………………………………………………….
…..
SAN ANTONIO, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

RPOA Texas Outreach: Texas HB 2562 will outlaw most dog houses and
criminalize Texas dog owners!

Each dog and each day creates a separate violation.
Vegan “Animal Rights” extremists are writing our Texas animal laws under the
guise of animal welfare and portray themselves as “animal advocates,” while
their true agenda is just the opposite — to legislate animal “ownership”
out of existence.

“These extremists have little knowledge regarding care and use of animals,
especially working and hunting dogs, and work in incremental steps to
accomplish their radical agenda,” says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of
Texas.

HB 2562 is a “Trojan Horse” bill from Texas Humane Legislation Network
(THLN), the Texas arm of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Being promoted as a “Tethering Bill,” this bill regulates “all outdoor
unattended dogs.” As Speaker Pelosi said regarding the Affordable Care Act:
“We have to pass it to know what’s in it!” The committee substitute is not
posted on the state’s website.
This bill would provide a “tool” for harassment by militant vegan animal
“rights” extremists should it become law.

Texas already has a law regulating all “outdoor unattended” dogs — whether
tethered or not tethered! Penal Code 42.092 Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals
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.

THLN admits the existing Tethering Law they got on the books in 2007 is
unenforceable, so they’re back as planned! THLN president Cile Holloway
cautioned attendees at their 2010 Annual Meeting: “We have to take things
slowly, passing laws in small increments. Bills can always be strengthened
further down the road. Just ensure that you get ‘something’ on the books,
making it easier to pass increased provisions later.”

“If the bill is intended to address situations in which the dog primarily
resides outside and on a tether, then that should be clarified. This could
impact dogs in a backyard for a few hours, when weather might not demand
shelter and when the animals generally sleep and spend time indoors,”
suggested Sarah Sprouse, American Kennel Club. American Kennel Club
sanctions field trials, retriever trials, coonhound, hunting, herding, lure
coursing, earthdog and tracking tests; obedience, rally, and agility trials
in Texas and all involve multiple training and competition events.

HB 2562 mandates “continuous” access to water and a “shelter,” which must be
so large that the dog is able to “stand erect.” This would ban most small
“Igloo” dog houses in common use. Dogs are den animals and traditionally
seek safety in small confined areas where they lie down to sleep, using
their body heat to provide warmth.

All Texas dog owners are urged to contact their elected representatives
(found at www.capitol.state.tx.us ). Urge them to Vote “No” to this onerous
bill!

Contact: Mary Beth Duerler, Executive Director
(210) 822-6763, rpoa@texas.net
DONATE: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
RPOA formed to preserve the human/animal bond and our historic working
relationship with animals.
SOURCE Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
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May 5, 2015

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Update on Purina Breeder Survey.
What would we do without all of our membership keeping us informed, so we
can keep everyone else informed?
Actually this time we even kept Purina “informed” of their own survey!
Thanks to all of you!
___________________________________
From: Ann.Viklund at PURINA
Sent: 5/4/2015 10:41:35 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: [TX_RPOA_E-News] Fake Breeder Survey, not from Purina

Hi Caroline,
I checked this out, and it is a legitimate survey from Purina. I did not
know it was going out (and apparently our OCA people didn’t either).
Thanks so much for forwarding this on so that we are award of the issue.
Thanks again–Ann

A second msg from another RPOA member:
A call to Purina Pro Club confirmed that the survey is legitimate.
Apparently whoever United Kennel Club contacted at Purina did not know about
the survey. Bogus emails are received daily where someone has hacked email
addresses. We realize that Purina may want to better serve their pro club
members but our dogs and breeding practices are our own business; we don’t
trust the internet for privacy of information and we won’t be answering the
survey.

May 2, 2015

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FYI: This warning is circulating among e-mail lists and the breeder survey is not from Purina!
…………………………………………………………………………………………….
From the United Kennel Club Message Board:
Did You Receive A Survey [claiming to be] from Purina ? 
If you did, DO NOT ANSWER IT at this time.
I just got off the phone with Purina Pro Club AND Purina Consumer Affairs Office, & I was told they don’t know anything about a survey, but the customer service person sent an inquiry to confirm the information. They said they would contact me about this situation.

I told them that once you get into the survey, you are asked questions such as: how many female dogs do you have, how many male dogs do you have, how many mixed breed dogs (of each sex) do you have, how many females did you breed last year (asked for purebred and mixed breed, both), how many purebred puppies did your female produce last year, how many mixed breed puppies did your female produce last year, etc.

I didn’t read any further. There is no “back” button on this survey, & you can’t erase an answer from a previous screen, either (I tried).
If it turns out to be legitimate, I will announce that information on here, also. Just trying to be careful…
[ another FB user responds] –

I just spoke to 2 different customer service Reps at Purina again yesterday, as I had not heard from them.
I was told that these surveys that people are receiving are NOT from Purina, nor do they know who is doing this.
Because of the private nature of the questions on some of the surveys, it is recommended that you do NOT respond to them. The Purina Rep told me those are not the type of questions they would ask…”

May 1, 2015

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This is an excellent article: “How can you tell the good guys from the bad
guys in the animal world?” In the Texas Legislature at the present time, we
see that most legislators do not see “the bad guys” at all! Until all
elected officials are educated on the differences, we will lose every battle
because the “bad guys” lie and work in incremental steps to legislate pet
ownership out of existence with regulations that simply cannot be met. Pet
ownership is being “criminalized” with a plethora of bad bill proposals this
Legislative Session. We urge you to go to the link below and post this
article on Facebook, websites, and forward widely. Send it to media and
your personal legislators.
http://tinyurl.com/kybeckx
OR
http://www.bedlamfarm.com/2015/04/29/in-the-animal-world-how-can-you-tell-th
e-good-guys-from-the-bad/
We hope you feel your animals are worth fighting for!

April 26, 2015

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If anyone can attend these meetings, please let us know. Bills “pending” in
committee means a public hearing has been held, but bill has not passed out
of committee. However these bills can then pass quickly at any time without
public notice. More information and text on all animal bills can be found
on our website: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org under the “2015 TX Legislature”
Tab. The Legislature adjourns June 1st so we’re almost there, but now
things really get frantic in a mad rush to get bills passed before then!
Find your legislators in the Search Box at www.capitol.state.tx.org . Keep
them informed from their web page on the site, by phone or fax, as your
voice is the most important one they’ll hear. All committee members are on
our RPOA Texas Outreach website above and if your legislator is serving on
any of the committees mentioned below, your voice is especially important!

Upcoming Public Hearings for Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

1) SUPPORT: HB 593 by Nicole Collier (D), Relating to animal encounter
training for peace officers.
Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Set for 1:30 PM or ADJ., E1.016.
Passed House, now being heard in Senate Committee instead of SB 1637, filed
by John Whitmire (D), Relating to animal encounter training for peace
officers.
Whitmire’s bill was similar, but not identical.

2) OPPOSE: SB 708 by Sylvia Garcia (D), adding public nuisance and
aggressive dogs to existing dangerous dog regulations, authorizing fees,
creating offenses. Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
Committee, Set for 9:00 AM, E1.012.
(Companion Bill HB 1800 has stalled in committee! See below.)

STATUS ON BILLS OF CONCERN:
3. OPPOSE HB 234 by Jessica Farrar (D), Relating to costs associated with
proceedings regarding cruelly treated animals.
Passed House Committee and Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar.

4. OPPOSE HB 235 by Jessica Farrar (D), Relating to an Animal Abuser
Registry, similar to Sex Offenders Registry.
“Pending” in House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. VERY BAD BILL!

5. SUPPORT HB 1436 by John Smithee (R), Relating to appeals regarding
dangerous dogs.
Passed and Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar. VERY GOOD BILL!

6. OPPOSE HB 1800 by Armando Walle (D), adding public nuisance and
aggressive dogs to existing dangerous dog regulations, authorizing fees,
creating offenses. (Companion Bill SB 708) Committee action “pending”
House Urban Affairs. VERY BAD BILL!

7. OPPOSE HB 2562 by Kenneth Sheets (R), Relating to tethering dogs and
care of ALL outdoor unattended dogs (which is not being publicized!).
Committee action “pending” House Public Health. VERY BAD BILL!

8. OPPOSE HB 3963 by Jessica Farrar (D), Establishment and functions of an
Animal Welfare Commission.
Committee action “pending” House Urban Affairs. VERY BAD BILL!

9. OPPOSE SB 908 by Judith Zaffirini (D), Establishment and functions of an
Animal Welfare Commission. (Companion Bill HB 3963)
No hearing yet, assigned to Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs
Committee. VERY BAD BILL!

10. OPPOSE SB 1781 by Jose Menendez, Relating to euthanasia as a last
resort in city or county animal shelters.
Placed on Senate Calendar for Floor Vote. This is not a major bill for us,
but could lead to overcrowding in shelters and RPOA feels this is best left
to
shelter directors’ discretion. Empty kennels/cages are necessary for
incoming animals and sterilization purposes at times.

11. SUPPORT 1855 by Eddie Lucio (D), Relating to appeals regarding
dangerous dogs. (Companion Bill HB 1436)
Committee action “pending” Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
VERY GOOD BILL!

April 25, 2015

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Britney Martin, Dallas Morning News reporter, contacted RPOA’s Mary Beth Duerler and Tom Lundberg (with the Endangered Breed Association) regarding the misnamed “Tethering Bill” mentioned below and several other animal bills being proposed at the Texas Legislature this session. Then Martin proceeded to write this biased one-sided article supporting the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) tethering proposal that actually regulates ALL outside unattended dogs, with unreasonable provisions. Somehow we had an idea where our interview would go since Dallas is the stomping grounds for THLN’s Skip Trimble. We don’t know why she wasted her time and ours. Read the article at the link in its entirety for a classic example of media “animal rights” propaganda just to get legislation passed … but doesn’t tell readers what any of the legislation actually says. Dallas’ SPCA of Texas now enforces Texas animal laws? Who knew?

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20150424-lawmakers-give-animal-lovers-protection-proposals-a-hearing.ece

http://tinyurl.com/q4j2bc4

Lawmakers give animal lovers’ protection proposals a hearing.
By BRITTNEY MARTIN Follow @beedotmartin, bmartin@dallasnews.com

Austin Bureau
Updated: 24 April 2015 10:36 PM

AUSTIN — Troy Willmon pulled a thick chain out of his bag and held it up
for lawmakers to see, estimating it weighed 30 pounds. He said it was
used to tie up a dog outside.

“Under the current law … a dog that’s tethered may suffer for months or
years before we’re able to take action,” said Willmon, an investigator
for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas. “We
have to make better laws to protect our animals.”

A House committee heard testimony this week on a bill by Rep. Kenneth
Sheets, R-Dallas, that would allow police to cite people who tie up dogs
and leave them unattended.

Sheets’ bill is one of several measures that lawmakers have proposed
this year to protect man’s best friend. The bills call for police
training to reduce dog shootings and creation of a commission to study
animal welfare and suggest legislation….

 

April 23, 2015

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Since this case was highly publicized in local news media by animal “rights” groups as a victory for “personhood” of animals, they may have to publish this correction below from the judge. “Personhood for animals” is an effort that originated with Steve Wise and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) many years ago. This national organization is at our Texas Legislature — as we speak — pushing an Animal Abuser Registry Bill, similar to Sex Abuser Registries. Wise appears to have organized this new legal effort in the courts: the “Nonhuman Rights Project.” ALDF and other animal vigilante groups have been telling us for more than 20 years what their goals are … but few seem to take them seriously. RPOA has always believed them. Yes, indeed. ALDF is here in our beloved Texas now and who is to stop them? Does your legislator know about ALDF, HSUS, ASPCA and friends? If animals are “people,” could you “use” them for anything? Pet ownership would be slavery which they say now! ……………………………………

http://www.nature.com/news/chimpanzee-personhood-case-sows-confusion-1.17398 http://tinyurl.com/o5zudz2

Chimpanzee ‘personhood’ case sows confusion New York judge amends an order that animal rights group said granted a writ of habeas corpus to two research animals. By Brendan Borrell, April 22, 2015

An animal rights group wants two chimpanzees in a New York laboratory moved to a sanctuary in Florida. A campaign by animal rights activists to establish the legal personhood of chimpanzees took a bizarre turn this week, when a New York judge inadvertently opened a constitutional can of worms only to clamp it shut a day later. On 20 April, New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe signed an order forcing Stony Brook University to respond to claims by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) that two research chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, were being unlawfully detained. The Coral Springs, Florida, organization declared victory, claiming that because such an order, termed a writ of habeas corpus, can only be granted to a person in New York state, the judge had implicitly determined that the chimps were legal persons.

An eruption of news coverage on 21 April sparked a backlash by legal experts claiming the significance of the order had been overblown. By that evening, Jaffe had amended the order, letting arguments on the chimps’ detainment go forward but explicitly scratching out the words WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS at the top of the document. Nature takes a look at the episode’s significance in the campaign to give animals legal rights and what it means for the research community….

.Because it is being heard in a New York court, a positive ruling on the NhRP habeas corpus filing would apply only in that state. It also would not set a binding legal precedent, because decisions made by the New York Supreme Court would likely be appealed to the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest judicial body. However, such a decision would be influential because it would represent the first time in any state that a non-human animal had been granted rights previously reserved for Homo sapiens. In December, a court in New York ruled against the NhRP in the case of Tommy, a former performing chimpanzee. The court determined that he was a not a “person” because he was unable to bear duties and had no responsibilities. The NhRP has asked for permission to argue that case before the Court of Appeals….

April 22, 2015

RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
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Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach has a new logo, perfected for
us by Chris Maroney, a San Antonio artist! It captures our identity so
well: a cowboy wearing a cowboy hat while juggling all species of pets!
Very apropos if this becomes the official hat in Texas, which is most
likely. Let’s hope this signifies our Texas “grit” (as mentioned below.)
Check it out on our website: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
Read below from The Texas Tribune

When in Texas: Wear a Hat, Eat a Steak, Thank a Bee
by Ryan McCrimmon, April 21, 2015
What with reforming pre-kindergarten education, fixing highways, cutting
taxes and loosening state gun laws, among other things, Texas lawmakers have
some heavy lifting ahead of them. The light lifting, like naming an
official Butterfly Capital of Texas, falls to the House Culture, Recreation
and Tourism Committee, which Tuesday considered bills to formally designate
several new state capitals and symbols.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission maintains a list of official
state capital designations – approved by the Legislature over the years –
from the Dinosaur Capital (Glen Rose) to the Balloon Race Capital (Gregg
County) to the Seedless Watermelon Capital (Knox City).
<SNIP>
State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, asked Sheffield, a physician, if he
encouraged patients to consume a lot of red meat. Sheffield said Hico was a
“great place to go if you love slices of dead cow in various stages of
preparation.”

There was less buzz over state Rep. Elliott Naishtat’s proposal to name the
western honeybee as the official State Pollinator of Texas.
“In Texas, the honeybee is a natural pollinator of many of the state’s most
recognizable food and fiber products, including melons, onions and cotton,”
the Austin Democrat said. Naishtat said the honeybee “contributes more than
$15 billion to the nation’s economy each year” and “embodies the Texas
values: hard work and harmony with nature.”

Two other proposals before the committee Tuesday would appear to state the
obvious, making official two Texas icons already widely recognized – the
cowboy hat as the official hat of Texas and “Lone Star State” as the
official state nickname.
Committee Chairman Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, said it was
“incomprehensible” that the Lone Star State was not already the official
nickname of Texas, noting that the name was recognized worldwide.
And Kaci Riggs, director of product development at HatCo, a manufacturer of
Stetson hats, said cowboy hats are “a nod to adventure and to grit.”

“The cowboy hat is the hat of Texas,” Riggs said. “So let’s make it
official, y’all.”
The committee approved sending on to the full House designations for Hico as
the Steak Capital and honeybees as the State Pollinator, but lost its quorum
before reaching votes on the other suggestions.

April 20, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach now has 22 Area Chapters
blanketing the state of Texas. Yes, that is “twenty-two chapters” and we’re
seeking chairmen to start up chapters in Amarillo, San Angelo, and
Midland/Odessa/Big Spring areas. Texas is a big state and these chapters
are our eyes and ears across the state. Loosely organized, with no
scheduled meetings, no minutes, no dues, and no financial activity. There
are suggestions for local activities at the link below, if so desired, such
as AKC Canine Good Citizen Tests, educational booths, etc.
List of RPOA Texas Outreach Chapters:
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/OutReachChapters.htm

RPOA has administered a statewide Pet Education, Assistance & Rescue Program
for 24 years as a community service organization at no cost to Texas
taxpayers. “Rescue” was a new word back then and it was AKC breed
enthusiasts who were the pioneers for all the rescue programs that now exist
in Texas. We had to fight for years to get municipal shelters to even let
us take/save their impounded animals. Our rescuers’ goal was to keep their
breed of dog/cat from becoming an animal shelter statistic. Not to end all
purposeful breeding of dogs and cats, which is the stated goal of many
rescue groups, humane societies, and animal shelters today. Purebred dogs
and cats are now an endangered species.

List of RPOA Rescuers for purebred or mostly/purebred animals:
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/Brochurs_Flyers/RESCUERS%20LISTING_2015.pdf

We pride ourselves on being “the reasonable voice regarding Texas animal
issues” and keeping the truth on the table, not an easy task. But the truth
is a powerful weapon! There is an insidious evil anti-pet legislative
movement today to end pet “ownership” altogether and deem us only
“guardians” of our pets. The easier to take them away from us, you know.
We hope you’ll encourage your friends to sign up for TX RPOA E-News.
We are animal “welfare,” not animal “rights and, yes, there’s a hell of a
big difference!
Donations can be made with PayPal at: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org or to the
mailing address.
“Our mission is to be the leading provider of information and assistance
concerning animal welfare and related public health issues, taking whatever
steps necessary to preserve our historic relationship with animals.”

April 19, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

All Texas Legislature information can be found at www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
under our Home Page “2015 Texas Legislature” Link. There is a list of all
animal bills — those we support, oppose, or offer as information only. The
links provide our analysis and positions, including a copy of the bill
itself. Also maps of all Capitol floors, restrooms, suggested dialog (if
you want it!), parking info, and Fact Sheets on each bill for your use. The
Fact Sheets can be faxed to your legislators and committee members holding
public hearings. We try to make it easy! ASPCA, Animal Legal Defense
Fund, Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), Texas Humane Legislation (the HSUS
arm in Texas), and many other anti-pet agencies are at the Legislature in
full force. If you’re not “with” us, you’re against us! It will take ALL
of us to preserve our historic relationships with animals in Texas and
elsewhere.

Multiple animal bills will have public hearings Tuesday, April 21st at the
Texas Legislature.
BUT FIRST THE GOOD NEWS ON BILLS WE SUPPORT!
HB 1436, by John Smithee (R), relating to dangerous dogs appeals, has been
voted favorably w/o amendments out of House Committee.
HB 593, by Nicole Collier (D), relating to animal encounter training for
peace officers, passed to third reading in the House.

OPPOSITION to the Animal Legal Defense Fund Bill (ALDF) HB 235 below.
(Texas Animal Law Section of our State Bar and Texas Humane Legislation
Network both include members of ALDF.) ALDF is the national organization
seeking “personhood” for animals in our courts and legal system, which would
eliminate all animal “use,” their publicly stated goal!
HB 235, by Jessica Farrar (D), establishing an “Animal Abusers Registry” was
left pending in committee and we must keep it there. Hearing held andsubstitute pulled. One member asked questions and wanted to work with
author … because he wants to support the bill. BARK (Houston Animal
Control) and ALDF testified FOR the bill. Two committee members had
questions centering around the database itself — protecting privacy,
access, and mentioned even if offenders are removed from list, the old list
will always exist because of technology. No state has passed this … yet.
We don’t want Texas to be the first to do so!

There are three bills RPOA OPPOSES being heard Tuesday, April 21, 2015:
HB 1800, by Amando Walle (D), ADDING public nuisance and aggressive dogs to
dangerous dog regulations.
House Urban Affairs Committee, set for 10:30 a.m. or ADJ., E2.028 (Barking
dogs are considered a public nuisance.)

HB 2562, by Kenneth Sheets (R), “Care” of ALL unattended outdoor dogs; Also
regulates tethered dogs separately.
House Public Health Committee, set for 8:00 a.m., E2.012.

HB 3963, by Jessica Farrar (D), Establishment and Functions of a state
Animal Welfare Commission.
House Urban Affairs Committee, set for 10:30 a.m. or ADJ., E2.028.
THIS IS A VERY BAD BILL! The “Animal Rights” Vigilantes are confident that
they are unstoppable in Texas after passage of the misnamed “Puppy Mill”
Bill in 2011. This is another “tool” for the radical extremists to grease
the track for their Anti-Pet Legislative Agenda.

We hope you care enough to stand up for your animals. If not you, who will?
Your legislators have web pages on the Legislature’s website:
www.capitol.state.tx.us/ where you can make comments. Keep our pets out of
politics!
April 13, 2015

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
To subscribe: Email rpoa@texas.net

ASPCA, Humane Society of the US, Texas Humane Legislation Network (the HSUS
arm in Texas) are at our Austin Capitol this legislative session as usual;
regulating animal ownership out of existence in Texas — if we let them.

Three public hearings are scheduled this week so far. You can’t judge a
bill by its “subject” matter! Read the official bill yourself. For copies
of RPOA positions, bill texts, and our Fact Sheets with Analysis for each
bill: Go to www.rpoatexasoutreach.org , then select the “2015 Texas
Legislature Link,” which includes instructions on how to find your personal
House Representative and Senator and other pertinent information.

The Texas Legislature website is: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ There
are “lists” that link to all members of the House and Senate and their
personal websites, where you can post a message. Let them know your opinion
as you’re a very important person to them — a vote! It is especially
important if they serve on any committees that are holding public hearings;
such as below. The RPOA Fact Sheets may be faxed or sent to them in a
variety of ways.

RPOA OPPOSES SB 1781 by Menendez: Relating to Euthanasia as Last Resort in
City/County Animal Shelters.
Intergovernmental Relations Committee; Public Hearing Monday, April 13th
(TODAY). Bill was left pending in committee with a substitute in the works
following testimony for and against the bill.
Committee Chair Eddie Lucio, Jr; Vice Chair Paul Bettencourt; and members
Donna Campbell, Sylvia Garcia, Jose Menendez, Robert Nichols, and Larry
Taylor.

RPOA SUPPORTS HB 1436 by Smithee: Relating to Appeals regarding Dangerous
Dogs.
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee; Public Hearing Tuesday, April
14th at 2:00 P.M. or ADJ., E2.026
Committee Chair John T. Smithee; Vice Chair Jessica Farrar; and members
Travis Clardy, Ana Hernandez, Jodie Laubenberg, Richard Pena Raymond, Mike
Schofield, Kenneth Sheets, Senfronia Thompson.

RPOA OPPOSES HB 235 by Farrar: Establishes a Pet Abuser Registry, similar
to Sex Abuser Registries.
Criminal Jurisprudence Committee; Public Hearing Wednesday, April 15th at
10:30 A.M. or ADJ, E2.030.
Committee Chair Abel Herrero; Vice Chair Joe Moody; members Terry Canales,
Todd Hunter, Jeff Leach, Matt Shaheen, David Simpson.

We OPPOSED HB 234 by Farrar at the recent Public Hearing, relating to costs
with proceedings regarding cruelty treated animals. A committee substitute
passed out of committee (which RPOA still opposes) and sent to the Local &
Consent Calendar — chaired by Rep. Senfronia Thompson. This is not a local
bill and has opposition, but unless a representative requests the bill be
“pulled” for a full House Vote, it will be passed uncontested with a group
of other bills.
RPOA Texas Outreach is the “reasonable” voice regarding animal issues.
Animal “Welfare” and not Animal “Rights!”

April 8, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing!” Edmund Burke

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach has a great new logo with a
Texas theme — a cowboy juggling a dog, cat, bird and ferret! Our logo
artist is Chris Maroney, who did the “collectible” River City Cluster of Dog
Shows t-shirts each year in the past. You may remember! You’ll see it when
you check out our website: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org for the 2015 Texas
Legislature information below. Gib Lewis, former House Speaker, is our
lobbyist once again this session. The Legislature adjourns June 1st, with
the governor having until June 22nd to sign or veto bills. Unfortunately
Rep. Senfronia Thompson has blocked our efforts for a bill to move the
misnamed 2011 “Puppy Mill” Bill administration under Texas Department of
Agriculture instead of Licensing & Regulation with her usual threats to
legislators. (More later on this.)

March 13th was the last day to file bills and we’ve had 25 animal bills to
analyze for positions. Thirteen bills are posted “For Information Only” if
you wish to read them, but we will “only” be monitoring a separate list of
12 Bills, including House and Senate. Four bills to support and eight bills
to oppose. Those bills link to a PDF file for printouts, with our position,
analysis, and bill text. You can send them to media and your personal
legislators easily. There is a very bad bill to establish a state “Animal
Welfare Commission” which would undoubtedly be an “Animal Rights Commission”
— judging from past experience with the HSUS/Texas Humane Legislation
Network Dog and Cat Breeder Law.

You can find everything you ever wanted to know about the Capitol in Austin
on our website and we’ll cover the bills in Action Alerts along the way.
RPOA has a very diverse membership of animal owners and I wish to thank all
of you who replied to my request for feedback on the bills! None of us is
as good as all of us! We’ll send out action alerts for all committee
hearings but it’s usually very short notice, so be prepared. Primarily RPOA
covers pet issues, not exotics, simply because of time constraints. But all
Texas animal ownership is under attack. There will be no official “RPOA
Lobby Day” at the Capitol this session because so many of our members are
employed and can’t attend weekdays. However every day is “Lobby Day” for
RPOA! (More info on the website.)
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/Legislature2015/Lobby_Day.htm HSUS, Texas
Humane Legislation Network and ASPCA held their joint Lobby Day as usual.

YOU’LL FIND LINKS ON THE WEBSITE TO:
RPOA Positions on 25 Animal Bills Filed, Lobby Day, Legislators Packet,
Dates of Interest, Suggested Dialogue, Find Your Legislator, House
Committees, Senate Committees, Available Parking; Maps for Capitol Complex,
Exhibit Space, Capitol Ext. Level E1 and E2 and all 4 Floors. Maps include
Cafeteria and Restroom locations. All of the links go to PDF Files for easy
printouts. Contact us anytime for more information at rpoa@texas.net .
To subscribe to TX RPOA E-News, send a blank message to:
TX_RPOA_E-News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To donate with PayPal or mail: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org
Mary Beth Duerler
Volunteer Executive Director

April 4, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Forwarding some good news for a change! Congratulations to Tennessee
Federation of Dog Clubs for working together to defeat Humane Society of the
U.S. (HSUS) and local “animal rights” groups (below). As we reported last
year, the so-called “Puppy Mill” Bill in Tennessee had a sunset provision
and wasn’t renewed by their legislature because the program lost $1 million
instead of being self-funded or making money for the state from breeder fees
and fines as promised by HSUS. But HSUS and company never give up. I hope
you will take time to read every word below and care enough to fight for our
Texas dogs, cats and all other pet species. If not you, who will? The
“animal rights” extremists lie every time they open their mouth! If they
told the truth, they would never get anywhere. We should have our website
updated next week as the Texas Legislature is heating up. Are you ready?
Mary Beth Duerler
TX RPOA E-News Editor
Volunteer Executive Director
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To Tennessee Federation of Dog Clubs – All Members
From Dr. S.M. Dick Dickerson, President

This has probably been the toughest legislative year ever in the
history of the Tennessee Federation of Dog Clubs (TFDC). The animal
rightist. National Human Society USA, ASPCA, PETA and a number of other
national and state groups had worked secretly for months trying to craft
legislation they could slip in at the eleventh hour. We nor the AKC were
ever apprised of the expected legislation. We saw no advance copy and were
never invited to have any input prior to the legislation being introduced
which was just last week.

The complicated 18 page document was most definitely aimed at us but
under the guise of trying to eliminate puppy mills. Tuesday a lengthy 14
page amendment to the bill was added to the docket of the House and Senate
committees handling the bill. (Tuesday was the last day the committees were
to meet this legislative session. It was a do or die for the animal
rightist organizations.

This past Tuesday was one of the most drama filled days I have ever
witnessed at the state capitol in my life time. Here is a sequence of
events that unfolded:

1) The animal rightist brought in folks from all over the state and the big
guns from Washington, DC.

2) The House Business & Utilities Committee met at 1:30.PM. There was a
packed house with standing room only. The sponsor introduced the
breeder registration bill. He also gave notice of his new amendments which
only made the bill worse for us. The chairman of the committee then allowed
a few speakers from the audience.

3) The lobbyist for the animal rights groups spoke and told lie after lie.
She said the AKC and our group had worked with them on the bill and then
turned against it at the last moment. Not true. To hear her tell it anyone
who bred a litter of puppies was the enemy. She also implied that the
sheriff’s and police chief’s organizations supported the bill. Not true.

4) A lobbyist for the National Human Society USA also spoke and told the
same lies. He also added that we had generated many calls from out of state
with attempts to tell Tennessee law makers how to vote. Not true.
He also stated that Tennessee was the only state in the nation that
previously had a breeder bill as state law and then lost it last session.
That was true and we did it.

5) I spoke on behalf of the TFDC and hope that I did well and corrected the
lies that were told. One of the legislators on the committee commented that
he had received more calls against this bill than any other this session.
Two others agreed with him.

6) A vote was then taken on the amendments that were offered up by the
sponsor of the bill. A couple of legislators immediately walked out for
“parts unknown. The vote was four to four and died for lack of a majority.
At that point the sponsor asked to withdraw his bill and roll it over to the
2016 session.

7) We walked out relieved and the animal rightist were extremely mad,
unhappy.and wanting to know what went wrong.

8) Melissa Bast, our state lobbyist is preparing a report and she will
provide the names of the legislators that voted for the bad legislation and
those that supported us and were against the bill.

9) For the next several hours heavy lobbying went on all over the
legislative plaza until the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee met at
3:30 PM. Again the even larger committee room was full with the walls lined
with people and even more outside. Our bill was one of the last to come up
about 5:45 PM. The sponsor of the bill got up and quickly asked that the
committee vote to defer or roll the legislation over to 2016. We quickly
departed while the animal rightist seemed to be totally absent. I think
they had received word that there was no way that the senate committee was
going to pass the bill.

10) Now we really go to work and organize every county in our state. We are
going to need your help.

Regards,
Dr. S.M. Dick Dickerson, President, Tennessee Federation of Dog Clubs.

 

March 18, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

We’ve been so busy with the state Legislature that local animal news for
Texas cities has staked up for this year! Eternal vigilance … remember?
RPOA opposes Breed Specific Legislation, Mandatory Pet Spay/Neuter and
Mandatory Microchips — all mentioned below. These decisions should be made
between the pet owner and their personal veterinarian.

KERR COUNTY “PIT BULL” INCIDENT Good job by the RPOA Chapter members in
Kerrville!
A “Pit Bull” was declared a “dangerous dog” after killing a neighbor’s dog
in December and set off a chain of events. A Kerrville resident named
Sherry Egloff made local news, asking public asked officials to consider
special requirements for “pitbull” owners, to be neutered, never bred, and
microchipped. The local newspaper stated that state law forbids breed
discrimination. But she wasn’t satisfied and invited others to join her in
petitioning their state representatives to repeal the state law banning
Breed Specific Legislation. Our RPOA Kerrville Area Chapter members
continue to monitor the situation and have responded with calls to county
commissioners and letters to the editor. One letter included a reminder
that “Petey” in the old “Little Rascals” comedies was a purebred UKC
registered American Pit Bull Terrier. It also mentioned how many “Bully”
Breed owners live in the area whose dogs have never bitten anyone and never
will. They urged: “Punish the deed, not the breed.” The newspaper poll
asked if state law should be changed to impose special regulations on
certain breeds of dogs, especially “pitbulls.” Results: 64% OPPOSED and
33% FOR Changing state law.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF US “LIES” TO McALLEN/SAN ANTONIO MEDIA: ATTACKS PET SHOPS
AND “PUPPY MILLS”
“Undercover” HSUS video is being distributed to Texas news outlets of what
HSUS labels as a “puppy mill.” Belo Corporation TV Stations are showing
HSUS video in McAllen with dogs “packed in rusty wire cages, covered in own
feces, with almost no food or water, saying breeders can crank out hundreds
— sometimes thousands — of puppies a year, and are giving incorrect
medications.” RPOA is aware of media picking up this story in San Antonio
and McAllen; probably in all major Texas cities. The KRGV story posted
12/30/2014 stated “these are the same puppies you buy at the pet store.
There are virtually no laws in Texas protecting pets before they make it to
your house.” State Rep. Eddie Lucio III says he’d like to create “standards
and license and regulate breeders.” Perhaps Rep. Eddie Lucio isn’t aware
that a Dog and Cat Breeder Licensing program passed in 2011! Or perhaps
HSUS isn’t satisfied with it and is coming back for even more restrictions!

PROPOSED MANDATORY PET SPAY/NEUTER STUDIED IN HARLINGEN
Valley Morning Star reported 12/15/2014: Harlingen Humane Society made a
presentation at a City Commission about a possible ordinance requiring
residents to spay or neuter their pets. Mayor Chris Boswell said there is a
problem with too many stray animals and he appreciated the presentation.
But the mayor said “We need to look at both the direct and indirect costs
and benefits of such a program … one of the things we want to look at
before we consider taking this action is how such programs have worked and
what the results have been in other communities.”
MyMonitorNews.com reported that Port Isabel passed a mandatory spay/neuter
ordinance in September, and also requires pets to have microchips with
owner’s contact information. District 1 Commissioner Danny Castillo
expressed concerns that responsible owners who have intact animals would be
penalized for and would subsidize the irresponsibility of others. He said
the proposed license fee was “almost like a fine for being a responsible pet
owner.”

SAN ANTONIO MANDATORY MICROCHIP FOR CITY PET LICENSE
This just in … from media reports yesterday. A proposal presented to the
Quality of Life Committee 3/17/15. The city official contacted today has
not responded to our request asking if the committee proposal had passed to
go forward to City Council for a vote.
We weren’t aware that San Antonio pays Pet Data $3.85 per license as a third
party vendor to administer the City’s Licensing Program, which was a
surprise! But that’s a story for another day. At a glance, the report says
that all animals impounded are chipped and licensed before being “outcomed”
per existing ordinance. This probably provides the bulk of income from
licensing. The report claims the “successes made in issuance of new
licenses is not reflected in the renewal rates. Although Pet Data mails out
renewal notices at 60-days and 30-days from pending expiration, only 25% of
licensed pet owners renew their licenses.”
It states that the current cost to run the licensing program is over
$100,000 annually and brings in $41,000. Some of the details are really not
clear. San Antonio has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S. and to
believe low income pet owners can pay these fees is ludicrous. San Antonio
continues to have a tremendous “stray/loose dog” problem as do many other
Texas cities, especially in the low income areas. More regulations are not
the answer and result in more dumped dogs.

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March 13, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News

From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance

Texas Outreach

TX HB 235, relating to an “Animal Abuser Registry,” has been filed by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) and assigned to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, but no committee hearing is scheduled yet.  RPOA is OPPOSED to this bill for the reasons Susan mentions below.  In this crazy “animal rights” climate, just breeding animals for any reason is considered to be “animal cruelty.”  Animal Legal Defense Fund (a national radical “animal rights” group) and their connection with Robert (Skip) Trimble, Texas Humane Legislative Network’s legislative director, has been well known for many years.  Trimble served as ALDF Treasurer at one time.  This is the national organization seeking “personhood” for animals in our courts – legally outlawing all use of animals for any reason.  “Pet ownership is slavery,” you know!

SAOVA has more info on their website regarding this important topic.  http://saova.org/ALDF_AbuserRegistry.html

If you think what happens elsewhere “doesn’t affect you,” just wait.  It will in the future if you own any animal.

SAOVA also covers these topics at the link below:

5TH CIRCUIT NIXES USDA HORSE-PROTECTION RULE

ARKANSAS COMMERCIAL BREEDER BILL

NORTH CAROLINA COMMERCIAL BREEDER BILL HB159

SOUTH CAROLINA PUSH FOR COMMERCIAL BREEDER BILL

 

http://saovanews.blogspot.com/2015/03/news-briefs-and-updates-march-11-2015.html

OR:

http://tinyurl.com/o6dh989

March 12, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

RPOA Texas Outreach is on record with the House Homeland Security and Public
Safety Committee Meeting in SUPPORT of the two bills mentioned below.

…………………………………….
Dallas Morning News 3/12/15
Grieving Texas dog owners want police to be trained in how not to kill
animals
By MARISSA BARNETT

AUSTIN – Grieving dog owners told House lawmakers Tuesday that animal
training for police could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of beloved
pets across the state.
“This training is mandatory for UPS and FedEx delivery men; why isn’t it for
law enforcement?” said Cheri Scholz, who lives near Amarillo. Her 8-year-old
blue heeler, Smokey, was fatally shot in 2012 by a police officer responding
to a loose dog report.

Smokey had escaped from her yard. The officer attempted to get the dog into
his car, but Smokey darted away, Scholz said. Neighbors who witnessed the
event told Scholz the police officer then shot and killed the dog, she said.

The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee considered two bills
Tuesday from North Texas representatives that would require police to
receive training in encountering animals. The bills were left pending.

Controversial dog shootings have grabbed headlines recently. Since 2009,
Texas officers have shot more than 400 dogs, according to the animal
advocacy group 4 Keeping Our Pets Safe. Law enforcement representatives
told lawmakers the training – a course that teaches officers how to deal
with aggressive dogs and read an animal’s body language, among other things
– could prevent officers from being attacked and save families the grief of
unnecessary shootings.

“Canine encounter training will help fill this void and provide officers
with effective options and valuable knowledge to use when we come into
contact with dogs while performing our regular duties,” said Amy Knoll,
assistant chief for the Cleburne Police Department.

One of the bills, by Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, would require all
officers to receive training in encounters with animals. Another, by Rep.
Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, would focus solely on dogs and require new
officers and officers seeking promotion to complete a four-hour training
program within two years.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement would establish and require the
training. Departments would absorb the cost.

Committee chairman Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, indicated that he
preferred legislation that includes training for a variety of animals.
Phillips and Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, also inquired about offering the
course online in an effort to reduce costs, particularly for smaller police
departments in far-flung parts of Texas.

“There are a lot of financial costs to training like that, where there’s
travel and everything else, so that’s something we’re all going to have to
think about,” Phillips said.

March 10, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

This is a beautiful article below regarding the loss of an American Tradition … due to “militant vegetarians” (my words). I contacted this author and thanked her for expressing it so well. First Shamu, CA eggs, meatless Mondays, animal research facilities, NY carriage horses, and now the elephants. Who goes next? Pets and Dog/Cat Shows? Think “Puppy Mills” (or ALL dog and cat breeders)! Adopt a “Rescue?” Only street dogs and cats eventually? The radicals have been saying what they intended to do for 25 years and no one believed them or were too busy, too shy to speak up! There comes a time when it is too late. If you don’t get it NOW, forget about it. As with the elephants mentioned below, “a lot of people don’t want ANY breeding of pets anymore!” Just ask them. I’ve sat at the table with these extremists, felt their hatred (altho I’m not a breeder) and “heard” them for many years … and I’m alarmed at their progress. Thanks to Sue Cone for this link.
Mary Beth Duerler
TX RPOA E-News Editor
……………………………

http://tinyurl.com/nxngkw4

A Bittersweet Bow for the Elephant
Ringling Brothers Will Retire Its Elephants, and an American Tradition

By JANET M. DAVIS MARCH 7, 2015

ON Thursday, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that
its 13 traveling elephant performers would retire by 2018, ending a
storied tradition for the Greatest Show on Earth.

The animals will leave the spotlight and head to the circus’s 200-acre
conservation center in Florida. And who can begrudge the majestic
creatures a sunny retirement? But I will admit to a bittersweet feeling
that this particular part of the show won’t go on. It’s not just the end
of a circus staple. For more than 200 years, the circus elephant has
delighted and awed American audiences. And in its stately, lumbering
way, it has been a lens for how the country sees itself.

Elephant performers have also generated a fair amount of controversy
along the way. For decades, critics have argued that elephants, highly
intelligent, socially sensitive animals, have no place in captivity.
Animal rights groups have long battled circuses for their use of the
prod-like metal ankus, or bullhook, as a training device, and some
cities have even explicitly banned it.

“There’s been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers,” Alana Feld,
executive vice president for Feld Entertainment, the circus’s parent
company, said of the company’s decision. “A lot of people aren’t
comfortable with us touring with our elephants.”…
(More info at link above)

March 9, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Tomorrow, (Tuesday) March 10, there are three committee hearings at the
Capitol for the 84th Texas Legislative Session. It’s only just begun!

RPOA OPPOSES: HB 234: Costs associated with proceedings regarding cruelly
treated animals,
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, EXT E2.120.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/HB00234I.htm

There were 3 bills on Animal Encounter Training for Peace Officers. Now
combined into two bills.
RPOA SUPPORTS THESE TWO BILLS:
HB 579: Homeland Security & Public Safety, EXT E2.146
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/HB00579I.htm

HB 593 Substitute: (HB 1310 is now HB 593) Homeland Security & Public
Safety, EXT E2.146.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/HB00593I.htm

Friday is March 13th, the deadline for filing bills and animal related bills
are pouring in, with more expected by Friday. Some are very bad bills.
After getting their misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill passed in 2011 (that doesn’t
even contain the “commercial” word), Humane Society of the US, their Texas
partner “Texas Humane Legislation Network,” and ASPCA are over-confident.
Texas has been such a pushover for the radical “Animal Rights Movement” to
date. Rep. Senfronia Thompson continues to block our efforts by
“threatening” legislators NOT to “carry” our bill to move administration and
enforcement of HB 1451, the Dog & Cat Breeder Act, to the TX Department of
Agriculture — away from TX Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR),
where “animal rights” rules. The TDLR harassment of Texas dog/cat breeders
who are not even required to be licensed continues! Time is running out.
One woman should not control the entire legislative process, but Rep.
Senfronia Thompson does!

February 28, 2015

Please take note of who is IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL……………….

From: TX_RPOA_E-News@yahoogroups.com ]

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

There’s no online newspaper article — which is very unusual. So here are
some excerpts, with a few RPOA remarks tossed in the mix!
This is the third attempt to get this legislation passed in Texas.
……………………………….
San Antonio Express-News
2/27/2015
“BILL SEEKS REGISTRY FOR PET ABUSERS”
By Madlin Mekelburg, Austin Bureau (Austin)

Under House Bill 235, an adult convicted of animal cruelty of domestic
animals would be required to register with local law enforcement and be
added to a publicly accessible statewide database (similar to the state’s
sex offender registry) listing name, address, and photo. The bill doesn’t
apply to livestock because the “animal rights extremists” do not want to
tangle with the powerful Texas Farm Bureau.

The bill includes a clause that identifies dogfighting as an offense that
would automatically land someone on the registry. Texas already has very
strict laws prohibiting dogfighting with severe penalties, as do other
states. Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, portrays her bill as assisting
“rescuers.” She volunteers with several animal rescue groups and owns three
rescued dogs herself. Obviously Farrar hasn’t been told that this is a
radical national legislative agenda for “Animal Legal Defense Fund,” the
organization seeking “personhood” for animals in our legal system.

Senator John Whitmire, D-Houston, filed this same bill in 2011 which died in
the House. Lobbyist Bill Miller pushed for Whitmire’s bill at that time on
behalf of Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander. Two sessions ago an
identical Farrar bill never made it out of committee.

James Bias, president of Texas Society for the Protection of Animals,
(reporter error possibly: SPCA of Texas?) is quoted as saying, “it does
make sense, and particularly because we know there have been studies that
there is a direct correlation between those individuals who abuse animals
who also go on to abuse people as well.” The bill is endorsed by Monica
Schmidt, spokeswoman for the Houston Humane Society, claiming it would help
in verifying a potential adopter’s identity.

Skip Trimble, described as a Texas Humane Legislation Network volunteer, is
also quoted although less optimistic: “Quite frankly, it’s going to be
incredibly difficult to pass this bill … I really would like to punish
more severely anyone who is convicted. I think it’s probably at a place
that, if we’re going to throw money to increase animal cruelty prosecution,
there are probably better places we could put it.”

The bill is one of two by Rep. Farrar. The other bill would allow courts to
order offenders to pay the city/county for any legal fees associated with
trial proceedings — also a Farrar repeat. That’s it in a nutshell.

February 26, 2015
ACTION ALERT to all Texas Pet/Animal Owners!
IMPORTANCE: HIGH! (Sorry, long) Forward widely!

Re: “Repeal & Replace HB 1451, HSUS/THLN misnamed “Puppy Mill Bill”
To “eliminate” – not regulate ALL Texas dog/cat breeders!
This is a pet issue, not a “breeder” issue. Pets don’t grow on trees!
HSUS: Humane Society of the U.S.
THLN: Texas Humane Legislation Network, the HSUS affiliate in Texas
(Some legislators aren’t familiar with their acronyms, not aware that HSUS
has no affiliation with local humane societies and is NOT a government
agency! HSUS is being investigated in Oklahoma now, and Louisiana in the
past, regarding “fundraising” for funds that didn’t go to locals following
OK’s tornado and LA’s Hurricane Katrina.)

TX HB 1451 doesn’t even contain the “commercial” or “puppy mill” word and
was passed in 2011 with unbelievable coercion — lies, irregularities and
threats — from sponsor Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston). We defeated
her 2009 bill. Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) was the Senate sponsor and
said: “you have to get the good breeders in order to get the bad breeders.”
HSUS chose the most powerful sponsors possible. I’ll try to be brief as
possible, but March 13th is the DEADLINE for filing bills this session and
it’ll be two years before we have another opportunity.

While I, our webmaster, and our lobbyist former Speaker Gib Lewis, shift our
efforts to Plan “B,” we need YOU to contact your legislator as we must have
someone “carry” our bill, get it written up and filed before March 13th.
Your legislator can be found www.capitol.state.tx.us . Phone, fax, mail
and email .
Due to time constraints, we’re only asking for two HB 1451 changes in our
bill. These passed almost unanimously in Oklahoma regarding similar HSUS
legislation there:
1) Transfer Administration of HB 1451 to Texas Department of
Agriculture
2) Abolish the TDLR Breeder Advisory Committee

Our Plan “A” was progressing smoothly with interest from several legislators
to file a bill for us with many other changes. Then our lobbyist received
word that Rep. Thompson was up to her old tricks; notifying ALL state
legislators that “as chairman of the powerful House Local & Consent
Calendar, legislators would NEVER get a bill scheduled for a Floor Vote if
they even let RPOA enter their office!” Our lobbyist then met with Thompson
and was told she “did not like what she was hearing,” but said to bring her
information and she’d “meet with us to discuss it.” We did that and
simplified our efforts by only asking for these two changes. Not
unexpectedly, yesterday Thompson authorized her staff (not even herself!) to
tell our lobbyist that “she is opposed to the items set forth in my letter
and that the bill would stand as passed and NO changes would be accepted!”
Some “discussion!” RPOA tried, but there is no negotiating with Thompson as
we found in 2011! She has “HSUS blood” flowing thru her veins!

Rep. Thompson actually “works” the Senate Floor while in Session to get
votes for her bills, as she did with HB 1451! She’s got the power, but this
is over the top! RPOA will be protesting to Governor Greg Abbott, Lt.
Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Joe Straus and Attorney General Ken Paxton
asap. Recent elections were to be a New Day at our Legislature . NOT! We
won’t quietly fade away. Our animals are at stake in Texas, and we’re as
passionate about them as those who want to end all interaction with animals.

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) is corrupted with “animal
rights” staff; such as Asst. General Counsel Della Lindquist (an Austin
“animal rights” extremist) and TDLR’s Breeder Advisory Committee (BAC)
members. THLN (Texas’ HSUS voice) recently got an appointee to BAC
representing “an animal welfare organization” when they do nothing but
legislation. RPOA’s application was rejected despite 24 years administering
a statewide “Pet Education, Assistance & Rescue Program.” TDLR is desperate
because of only 170 Licensed Breeders (with 15 dual USDA licensed), not the
1,000 Licensed Breeders predicted. TDLR is intimidating all dog and cat
breeders to believe they must be licensed. HSUS, THLN and ASPCA turned in
(on their letterhead) over 400 breeder websites for “investigations” two
months after the bill passed.

Time is critical; remember our bill must be FILED by March 13th, so the onus
is on each of you to contact your legislators for help. Have them contact
our lobbyist former Speaker Gib Lewis to help us, write the bill for us, and
file by the deadline. We must have a primary legislator to “carry” the
bill! Your legislators can be found from a link on the state’s website:
www.capitol.state.tx.us . Just fill in the box with address in lower right
corner. In the meantime, we’ll prepare info for our webmaster and media.
More later. We also need more subscribers to our TX RPOA E-News. Just
email a blank message to: TX_RPOA_E-News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and
you’re subbed.
GAME ON! Be advised that HSUS/THLN/ASPCA lurkers are all receiving this
RPOA Action Alert and will be spouting their usual lies about this new law!
Mary Beth Duerler, Executive Director

__._,_.___

February 25, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance

Texas Outreach To SUBSCRIBE, e-mail rpoa@texas.ne

t To receive a Yahoo “invitation.” February 24, 2015 It took the jury less than an hour to acquit Linda Luker of animal cruelty charges. There’s something wrong with an animal cruelty law that allows animals to be seized “before” the owner is even found guilty of the charge. There’s also something wrong when local humane societies become “law enforcement agencies” for fundraising purposes. Three respected local veterinarians testified defending Luker and contradicted the county prosecutor and SPCA of Texas’s staff veterinarian, whose testimony conflicted with their own SPCA technicians’ written records of their findings. Justice prevailed, but where are the animals?

http://tinyurl.com/n8xt2bd OR http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/26484009/article-Woman-acquitted -of-animal-cruelty-charges?instance=home_right_story#cb_post_comment_2648400 9

February 18, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Forward from Pet Law List:
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/city_of_waco/waco-officials-exempt-cowboy-s-impounded-cowdog-from-spay-neuter/article_7fbdc080-55c2-553e-81cb-965f19899019.html
OR
http://tinyurl.com/nyg85v2

Waco officials exempt cowboy’s impounded cowdog from spay-neuter mandate

By J.B. SMITH Jbsmith@wacotrib.com

Nero the cowdog departed the Waco Animal Shelter un-snipped Tuesday
after the city of Waco reversed its decision and granted the dog a
health exemption to its spay-neuter mandate.

The city last week had rejected a claim by owner Jeremy Scott Echols,
backed by a veterinarian’s letter, that neutering the dog would make him
less effective in rounding up cattle.

Echols, a working cowboy, hired an attorney and was set to appeal the
decision to the Waco Animal Welfare Advisory Board on Tuesday, 12 days
after Nero escaped from Echols’ home near Waco Drive and was picked up
by city animal control.

But in private meetings, city officials accepted a second opinion from
another veterinarian, Dr. Tamra Walthall, who said the age and past
medical history of the 9-year-old dog made neutering inadvisable.

Walthall is the former consulting vet for the city shelter, and in her
private practice she has treated Nero as recently as last year, when he
suffered an infection from a snakebite to his head…..

February 9, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

It is impossible to forward you all the emails circulating on national lists which leave no doubt as to the “purpose” of all anti-breeding legislation sweeping the country. You’d unsubscribe in a “New York” minute! It doesn’t take rocket science to know that no breeding results in no more pets. We can’t follow other states with so many Texas animal issues right now, but it is alarming to simply read the subject titles. Humane Society of the US has a state director in every state to lobby legislators and regulate pet ownership out of existence, which they seem to be doing in Texas and elsewhere with misnamed “Puppy Mill” laws and new USDA/APHIS regulations that haven’t even begun to be enforced yet. No one really knows how they will ultimately be interpreted.
The purpose of the extremists below is ending the “pet population” entirely — not “overpopulation” which is a proven myth, with the majority of pet owners voluntarily neutering their pets today. Puppy shortages are blanketing the Northwest and some animal shelters are even considering breeding their own puppy litters to supply the demand! Eliminating stray dogs is simple: “Confine them,” but no one ever mentions “Leash Laws” as a reasonable solution.
…………………………………………………………………….
Pompano Beach, FL, organization’s Mission Statement:
To end the number one cause of suffering and death for dogs and cats by developing special food that can spay or neuter them without surgery and that can end the overpopulation problem without killing; to end the number one financial burden of humane societies and to save human lives by ending the world’s number one cause of human deaths from rabies: infected stray dogs. No animals are harmed in our work and all are adopted into caring homes.”

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January 21, 2015

RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Texas Rep. Ryan Guillen is calling a “stakeholders” meeting for tomorrow in
Austin to address ownership of “exotic” animals. His e-mail is below. From
our past experience, the definition of “exotic animal” can include birds,
canine and feline crosses, or most any animal not native to the US! Rest
assured, Humane Society of the U.S. and Texas Humane Legislation Network
will be there as “stakeholders!” The Animal Rights Extremists have sought
to ban exotic animal ownership for many years, just as our “pet ownership.”
Or at least regulate it out of existence in incremental steps … until
there are none!
If you’ll be attending this meeting, do let us know. E-mail rpoa@texas.net
There are maps of the Austin Capitol Building (and each floor separately) at
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/LobbyDay2011/Lobby_Day_Map1.htm . The
website hasn’t been updated yet for this Legislative Session, but the maps
are accurate.
Mary Beth
Executive Director
TX RPOA E-News Editor
……………………………

Hello all-
I hope you’ve had a pleasant beginning of the year and first week of
session. For those of you who I’ve not had the
pleasure to meet, I am the Legislative Director for State Representative
Ryan Guillen.

Building on our efforts from last session, Representative Guillen is
*looking at legislation to address the ownership
of exotic animals in Texas. *I’d like to invite you to a stakeholders
meeting next Thursday, January 22nd, at
8:30am in the Old Supreme Court Room (Capitol 3rd Floor) *to discuss the
issues and review possible language for legislation.*
Please let me know if you plan to join us.

Feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have. We hope to
see you here.
Best Regards,

Benjamin Wright
Legislative Director
Office of State Representative Ryan Guillen
ben.wright@house.state.tx.us
Office: 512.463.0416

January 19, 2015

RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Gotta’ love this new Texas Agriculture Commissioner, the gift that keeps on
giving, we hope! Commissioner Sid Miller talked to RPOA folks staffing our
booth at the Texas Republican Convention this past Summer. We even have a
“selfie” on file of Commissioner Miller and Martin Kralik, our Dallas Area
RPOA Chapter Chairman, discussing “animal rights” and our concerns! Miller
indicated at that time that he will support our efforts to move
administration of HB 1451, the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) misnamed
“Puppy Mill Bill,” to be under his Agriculture Department. Texas Department
of Licensing & Regulation (who now administer the new law) is a “poisoned
well” with the asst. legal counsel and certain Breeder Advisory Committee
members, who are dedicated Austin “animal rights” extremists. Their radical
agenda is to “eliminate” — not “regulate” dog and cat breeders in Texas
with overreaching regulations that can’t be met in a private home. It’s
incremental steps until there are none! HSUS never sleeps on the local,
state or federal level. Neither can we!

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/01/18/does-michelle-obama-know-about-this-t
exas-abolishes-state-rules-against-sweets-in-school-173571
OR
http://tinyurl.com/p64dwd9
Score one for freedom over the nanny state.
Newly elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller appeared on “Fox &
Friends” this weekend to explain his announcement last week that he
eliminated state bans on bringing sweets to school.
“The Texas Department of Agriculture has abolished all rules and guidelines
that would stop a parent from bringing cupcakes, cookies or snacks to
school,” Miller said in a news release Monday. “I’m announcing that I am
giving full amnesty to the cupcakes in Texas. I’m also granting full pardon
to pies and cookies and brownies and cakes and homemade candies.”

School districts will now have authority to decide what snacks are allowed
in school.
Miller told the hosts Sunday that government intervention in school snacks
hasn’t worked (after 10 years), and lifting the sweets ban was something he
could do quickly before moving on to more pressing matters.
“We believe in local control, individual responsibility and freedom from
burdensome government regulation,” Miller told host Tucker Carlson.
“Government intervention hasn’t worked. We’re getting out of the school
mandate business.”
Victory is sweet.

January 14, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

The 84th Texas Legislative Session has convened and the timing is right for
“reasonable” voices to be heard regarding Texas animal issues, but we need
YOU! Timing is everything. Republicans hold all top offices and majorities
in both legislative chambers, and a receptive red-state audience, according
to a recent San Antonio Express-News article. The newspaper quotes
interesting comments made by Gov.-elect Greg Abbott recently, while speaking
to the limited government Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). RPOA still
has the flyer TPPF wrote for us opposing HB 1451 in 2011, the HSUS/Texas
Humane Legislation Network’s misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill.

Abbott commented in the article: “Some rules push Texas to be
California-ized and you may not even be noticing it!” Believe me, RPOA
notices because that’s where all the radical “animal rights” legislation
originates. Abbott continued, “Unchecked over-regulation … will turn the
Texas miracle into the California nightmare faster than you can spell TTPF.”
Abbott says a variety of business licenses should be abolished to decrease
state regulation and he cast the argument in terms of property rights.
Abbott pointed out city level bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans as
a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the
Texas model. The “animal rights” extremists push breeding bans and oppose
ANY animals being bred, sold, or even given away in Texas cities and rapidly
progressed to the state level to legislate pet ownership out of existence.
We only want to “repeal and replace” HB 1451 with doable regulations
administered by Texas Dept. of Agriculture — not the existing onerous
regulations that can’t be met in private homes. New Agriculture
Commissioner Sid Miller has indicated (before elections!) that he is
receptive to this idea.

Rep. Joe Straus was elected House Speaker yesterday and will be appointing
house committee members and chairmen, which is very important regarding our
animal issues – especially House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
Committee chairs and members could include your elected representative. We
still have run-off elections for some districts, which we hope you’re
following as you’ll be asked to contact your elected representatives at the
appropriate time. Newly elected Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appoints the senate
committees and chairmen. As Senator, Patrick voted “A Barking NO!” against
HB 1451 during the Senate Floor Vote. Both reflect positions held during
their successful campaigns, especially on tax relief and reducing state
bureaucracy.

The Legislature has a lot of procedural business to do before things really
heat up, with deadline to file bills March 13th. We’ll have multiple Fact
Sheets later if you wish to use them. RPOA is a grassroots organization of
diverse animal owners — forced to organize to keep the truth on the table
or face the consequences. Yes, we’d all like to bury our heads in the sand,
but we hope you care enough about your animals to spend the next five months
fighting for them! It won’t be easy. Pet ownership is a non-partisan issue
and we’ll need support from both sides of the aisle.
Mary Beth Duerler
Volunteer Executive Director
TX-RPOA E-News Editor

January 10, 2015

From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation LOSES court case:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evan-bernick/federal-judge-to-texas-no_b_64383

00.html or Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/pe7b3rf

RPOA has been notified that a vacancy exists for a “Public Member” on the Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee for Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR). Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN, the Humane Society of U.S. and ASPCA “partner” in Texas) has been granted a position on the Breeder Advisory Committee for the “Animal Welfare Organization” slot with the appointment of Natalie Lynch, an Austin attorney. THLN has no animal welfare programs and only does “legislation.” RPOA has administered a statewide Pet Education, Assistant & Rescue Program for 24 years!

Applicants may also request an application by telephone (800-803-9202), FAX (512-475-2874 or email (advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov ). Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however, any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant’s expense. Every RPOA member that has applied for a position on this committee has been denied.

RPOA was also notified by TDLR that an Annual Inventory is due from Texas Licensed Dog and Cat Breeders by February 1, 2015. “An annual inventory must be completed and sent to TDLR no later than February 1 each year. An annual inventory is a count of all cats or dogs held at your facility at any time during the past calendar year. Use the Annual Inventory Form to report this information. Download the Annual Inventory Form (56 KB PDF).” Go to the TDLR website for this active link and more information.

(Email rpoa@texas.net to subscribe to this list.)

January 2, 2015

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

DECEMBER 2014 FINANCIAL REPORT
Individual donors’ names are kept confidential due to probable harassment
from radical “animal rights extremists,” who have a deep hatred for all
things “RPOA!” The truth hurts… which has placed a huge target on our
back. RPOA keeps the truth on the table. This cult-like Movement depends
on lies to advance their agenda, if truth be told.

One thing I’ve learned from sitting at the table with these fanatics over
the past 24 years is that they do NOT feel “emotionally” as we do about our
relationship with animals, especially our pets. They believe in rescuing
animals from the streets, but NEVER ever breeding animals for any reason.
Their goal is to legislate pet ownership out of existence. Case in point is
an email I received after our recent E-News regarding Houston SPCA
accepting, neutering, and placing a beautiful 3-year-old lost Husky named
“Koda” in a new home; all while Koda’s owner was frantically searching for
her dog, which she described as “my son, my baby, my best friend!”
Jackie Phillips (Jackie@thesocialpet.com ), a”California animal rights
lurker” on our E-News list, often disagrees with us. Jackie e-mails:
“Sounds like the dog found a better home at the shelter. He is neutered and
in a home that adopts. At least he won’t be bred.” What? All that matters
is that the dog isn’t “bred?” Forget his grieving “owner?”
“Better dead than bred,” the extremists say! This is the sick mentality we
face in the U.S. today.

But I digress: Our appreciation for the donations below for December 2014!
TO: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (IRS C3 Nonprofit)
FROM:
$1,000 Bell County Kennel Club
$367 PayPal “Anonymous” Individual Donors

TO: RPOA Texas Outreach (IRS C4 Nonprofit)
FROM:
$850 Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club
$344 PayPal “Anonymous” Individual Donors
$110 from “monthly” Donors
“Our Legislative Fund” Balance is approx. $9,000.
This is the beginning of a New Year which presents us with many
opportunities we haven’t had in the past: new governor, lt governor, and
many new legislators. So stay tuned as this is “our year!”
Mary Beth Duerler, RPOA executive director

 

December 29, 2014

RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Our appreciation to San Antonio Express-News for being brave enough to
publish my “Another View” commentary below. I know I promised no more
emails until the New Year, but … Comments can be made and major push back
from “animal rights” extremists is expected to our efforts at the upcoming
Texas Legislative Session. This was an opening salvo to educate the media
and general public that we’re coming! My commentary below was written in
response to a plethora of “animal rights” letters to the editor recently on
many animal topics. I simply couldn’t take it anymore! To their credit,
the newspaper published another “Other View” today from a co-founder of the
“Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio,” a coalition of four San Antonio
institutions that came together to accelerate the search for new approaches
to preventing infectious diseases (including Ebola), and includes the Texas
Biomedical Research Institute I mentioned below. Our pet issues are only a
small part of the radical Animal Rights Agenda! Speak up; if not you, who?
Forward all our TX RPOA E-News messages to your veterinarian, your state and
U.S. representatives and senators, local media, Facebook and email lists.
Your animals will be glad you did!
Mary Beth

December 25, 2014

http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Animal-rights-activists-go-too-far-5978128.php

http://tinyurl.com/ppzscj7

Animal rights activists go too far
Mary Beth Duerler, For the Express-News

What do puppy mills, SeaWorld, the Primate Research Center, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the San Antonio Zoo have in common?

They’re all under attack from the cult-like Animal Rights Movement and its radical agenda to end all use, breeding, sales and ownership of animals for any reason. Whether you eat them, wear them or pet them! The recent misinformed letter regarding puppy mills (Your Turn, Dec. 14) and the SeaWorld letter (Your Turn, Dec. 15) are appalling. This is in addition to recent Lucky (the zoo elephant) letters and attacks on the Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s Southwest National Primate Research Center, where researchers are working on the development of an ebola vaccine.

The SeaWorld letter compliments its rescue of the manatee in Baytown recently, but laments, “Now if SeaWorld would just stop making intelligent creatures in their charge perform cheap and degrading circus tricks, we would have something to be really excited about.”

These fanatics will never be happy until SeaWorld closes its doors forever, along with the above mentioned animal interests. Animals are easily trained to interact with humans for food or other positive reinforcement and love the interaction.

In 2011, a misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill passed at the Texas Legislature in spite of our opposition. The “commercial” word was removed in the first committee hearing, as the bill progressed with irregularities, lies and coercion until passage. It never contained the “puppy mill” word! I believe the new law was written to shut down all purposeful breeding of dogs and cats in our state as USDA/APHIS regulations cannot be met in a home setting and are required by statute. The regulations are not just simple basic care of animals as publicly stated. No animal shelter, city animal control, veterinary clinic, or rescue group in our state meets these requirements, and we intend to get changes this session.

A world without our pets is not acceptable to us!

Mary Beth Duerler is executive director of the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance.
December 23, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
“Tis the season to be jolly!” So we’ve tried to keep E-News messages to a
minimum this month. This message is to wish all of you a very Merry
Christmas and prosperous Happy New Year!

Just don’t get so “jolly” that you forget the Texas Legislature convenes
January 13th. Elections matter and legislation “really” matters if you own
any species of pet in this crazy world today. It’s our animals that keep us
sane! The dust is still settling on Texas’ state elections so it behooves
all of you to follow up on your newly elected representatives in Austin
and/or vote “for” our animals in the special elections. Some legislators
are playing “musical chairs” resulting in a number of special elections.
San Antonio’s Senator Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Mike Villarreal have
resigned as state legislators to run for the vacated position of mayor,
after former Mayor Julian Castro was promoted to HUD director by President
Obama and moved to Washington. Usually it’s the other way around with city
council members moving up to county and state positions. Senator Van de
Putte filed a bill during the last two legislative sessions for statewide
mandatory pet spay/neuter (or purchase a $500 breeder permit). To her
credit, she never set committee hearings nor pushed the bills, so it was
likely a campaign promise.

Thanks to everyone for keeping RPOA informed about anti-pet activity in your
area this past year. We’re a grassroots organization and our strength comes
in numbers. We’re only as strong as our membership — that’s you! Some of
our long-time members are experiencing serious health issues and need
special prayers at this time. Other dedicated members have passed on over
the years and we miss them dearly. The New Year presents many new options
for us and we’ve been adapting to the challenges we face this coming year.
So just because we’re quiet doesn’t mean we aren’t busy! See you in 2015
and may God bless our efforts.
Mary Beth Duerler, Editor and Executive Director
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Administered a Pet Education, Assistance & Rescue Program in Texas for 24
years!
“Promoting a positive image of pet ownership and the important role animals
play in our lives”

 

December 9, 2014

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
If there’s one thing RPOA has observed over the past quarter century spent
exposing the radical Animal Rights Agenda, it is that they do NOT like to be
referred to as “extremists.” But if the shoe fits … wear it. As the FBI
study states: “All animal rights groups are connected by leadership,
membership or both!” We’ve found this to be true in Texas and there’s
documentation that many PETA persons have moved over to Humane Society of
the U.S. (HSUS) over the years. So this article below is right on target.

It’s encouraging to see that we have support from many other animal interest
groups. The vegan “extremists” are the real animal “exploiters” for
fundraising purposes — high salaries, retirement and insurance benefits and
the almighty “power.” While claiming to be addressing animal cruelty —
their goal is really “abolition.” Anyone who sits down at the table to
negotiate with HSUS is really “on” the table. For proof, just follow their
Legislative Trail.
By the way, Governor Chris Christi VETOED the HSUS bill prohibiting
gestation crates used by the pork industry! A change is in the wind.

http://www.dairyherd.com/news/murphy-who-real-extremist
(There are hot links at this URL for more info.)
By Dan Murphy December 01, 2014 | 9:20 am EST

Like the old adage suggests, don’t listen to what the Humane Society of the
United States tells you about being ‘reformers, not extremists.’
Instead, watch what they do.

Over the years, I’ve heard all manner of staff people at the Humane Society
of the United States – including CEO Wayne Pacelle – insist over and over
that “We’re not like PETA. They’re extremists. We’re reformers.”

That’s the argument I’ve heard more times than I can count, offered as
evidence that producers shouldn’t attack HSUS; instead, they should work
with them on the changes the groups wants to see adopted.

The coda to that assertion is a short list of “reforms” HSUS wants to see
implemented, the notion being that the group just want to make the industry
a little kinder and gentler, and that they’re far too professional and
sophisticated to pull the “outrageous” stunts that are all that PETA ever
does.

Really? Consider this news story from the Daily Record in New Jersey:
“The push to convince Gov. Chris Christie to approve a law prohibiting
gestation crates used by the pork industry is coming to the governor’s home
base of Morris County on Saturday as the Humane Society of the United States
‘Great Crate Challenge’ arrives in Madison.”

Then check out the photo below, showing the stunt cage HSUS operatives will
be using.

What’s the difference from what PETA does, with people locked in cages and
wrapped in plastic to demonize producers?….

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December 3, 2014

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach has registered with the Texas
Ethics Commission and signed a contract with our lobbyist (former) Speaker
Gibson Lewis for the upcoming Texas Legislature’s 84th Session, which
convenes next month. Gib has represented us for the past three sessions and
knows the radical Animal Rights Movement well as he “owns” exotic animals.
We’ve sent a $20,000 retainer to Gib and must pay $10,000 later. A minimum
of $100,000 for this Session is required, if we are to have any hope of
protecting our rights as animal owners and our precious animals from vegan
animal groups, such as: Humane Society of the US, Texas Humane Legislation
Network, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, ASPCA, Animal Legal
Defense Fund, Mercy for Animals and associated groups. Donations have been
few and far between the past few months and our hands are tied without more
funding. We only have $10,000 left in our RPOA Outreach Legislative Fund!
In order to educate the media and legislators, an advertising campaign in
Austin to educate legislators and media is a must. The dust hasn’t settled
on some elections, but there will be many new faces at the Legislature this
Session and it will take a second lobbyist to help Gib “educate” the 150
representatives and 31 senators!

Hiring lobbyists is only the first step. It will take all of us working
together if we are to “repeal and replace HB 1451,” the misnamed Puppy Mill
Bill. By “us,” we mean “you” personally, your clubs, your veterinarian,
Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Farm Bureau, Cattle Raisers
groups, Texas Wildlife Association, other wildlife, ranching, hunting and
sporting groups, Poultry and Pork Associations. Each of these groups have
their own lobbyist which increases our clout — if we can circle the
wagons. Should you have a personal grievance, get over it! It’s time to
get to work.

The election results have helped our chances tremendously. Governor-elect
Greg Abbott’s mother showed dogs (Schipperkes); Lt. Governor-elect Dan
Patrick was very vocal in opposing HB 1451 as a senator; and TX Department
of Agriculture(TDA) Commissioner-elect Sid Miller has a record of opposing
“animal rights” extremists at the legislature for many years. It is
imperative that we get the administration of the Dog and Cat Breeder Bill
moved under TDA, who have extensive animal expertise. Texas Dept. of
Licensing & Regulation regulates elevators, auctioneers, cosmetologists,
etc., has no animal expertise, and is heavily “under the influence” of the
radical animal rights extremists.

Our appreciation to the donors below for their November Donations, but this
didn’t even pay the office rent!
RPOA (C3 Nonprofit):
$15 North Texas St. Bernard Club
$50 JP Morgan Chase Foundation (Recurring Payroll Deduction Matched)

RPOA Texas Outreach (C4 Nonprofit):
$50 North Texas St. Bernard Club
(The names below are withheld for their personal protection
because of “Animal Rights” harassment)
$50 Lottery Winning Tickets! (From Regular Contributor)
$50 Monthly Anonymous Contributor
$20 Monthly Anonymous Contributor
$10 Monthly Anonymous Contributor
Your donations make all things possible!

December 2, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
The fun has begun! Legislation has been pre-filed for consideration by the
84th Texas Legislative Session convening in January, 2015. Both bills are
re-runs and were defeated last Session. A Pet Abuser Registry is the
brain-child of Animal Legal Defense Fund. Last session it was promoted in
Texas by billionaire Houston Rockets’ owners, Leslie and Nanci Alexander
(now divorced), who are HSUS/PETA supporters. The bill numbers and captions
are noted below FYI. To see the full text of any legislation you’re
interested in reviewing, go to www.capitol.state.tx.us , check the bill
number box, then type bill number in to read the text. NEVER accept the
title or what you’re told about a bill without reading it closely yourself.
Remember in 2011 that HB 1451 was labeled “a commercial breeder bill,” but
the “commercial” word was removed at the first House Committee Hearing.
RPOA will be tracking all animal related bills and developing a list for
support and opposition at a later date. We’ll keep you informed.

HB 234 (Farrar) Relating to the costs associated with proceedings regarding
cruelly treated animals; authorizing fees and costs.
HB 235 (Farrar) Relating to a central database containing information about
certain persons who have been convicted of or received a grant of deferred
adjudication for certain offenses involving animal cruelty; providing a
criminal penalty.

Susan Wolf has excellent research on a Pet Abuser Registry Bill on their
SAOVA website which helped us defeat it last Session. The tracking sheet is
linked about mid-page. http://saova.org/ALDF_AbuserRegistry.html
Susan has 2 pages exposing ALDF for the radical “animal rights” extremists
that they are. Susan says the page opposing animal abuser registries is
extensive but every bill they have introduced the past decade is also
tracked. The tracking sheet is linked about mid-page:
http://saova.org/ALDF_AbuserRegistry.html
Our appreciation to Susan for this information!

November 10, 2014

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First Link below: To court ruling on the Associated Dog Clubs of New York
State vs defendants USDA/APHIS Lawsuit and The Humane Society of the U.S.
(Intervenor-Defendant).
https://cases.justia.com/federal/district-courts/district-of-columbia/dcdce/
1:2013cv01982/163615/39/0.pdf?ts=1415443580
(If these long links break, please copy and paste them in your browser.)

We await a full report from “our” attorneys regarding the lawsuit. Below is
the Humane Society of the U.S. version. The fact that the court allowed
HSUS to defend the new rule is disturbing, but demonstrates their “animal
rights” infiltration into all local, state, and federal government agencies.
None of our sacred liberties as animal owners are safe unless HSUS is
revealed for their real agenda, which has nothing to do with animal cruelty.
Note the HSUS constant use of the “puppy mill” word, defined as a breeder of
all species of pets with four intact breeding females of any species, who
sells/ships one offspring sight unseen! Some “puppy mill,” huh? “Breeding
females” is not defined. USDA/APHIS Regulations are much more than just “a
bowl of clean water and enough space to move around!” More HSUS lies. This
ruling affects all species of pets, not simply dogs and cats as in the Texas
Breeder Law HB 1451.

Second link: To the HSUS Version regarding the “puppy mill” lawsuit (their
words!):

November 7,  2014
http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news_briefs/2014/11/court-tosses-puppy-mil
l-lawsuit-110714.html

Federal court tosses lawsuit challenging new USDA rules cracking down on
puppy mills
Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president of animal protection litigation for
The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement in
reaction to a federal court tossing a lawsuit challenging new USDA rules
cracking down on puppy mills:

“We are delighted the court has thrown out this baseless lawsuit challenging
USDA’s new rule cracking down on Internet sellers of puppy mill dogs. In a
detailed opinion, the court concluded that the breeders ‘are barking up the
wrong tree’ because ‘their complaints are more policy disagreements with
APHIS’s regulatory approach than they are valid legal objections to APHIS’s
authority. ‘Dismissing the breeders’
legal claims as ‘a dog that won’t hunt,’ the court granted judgment in favor
of USDA and the HSUS – which intervened to help defend the rule because
every large-scale operation should be inspected and every dog provided a
bowl of clean water and enough space to move around.”
Media Contact: Heather Sullivan: 240.477.2251

 

November 7, 2014

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http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2014/11/staying-the-course-no-matter-the
-obstacles.html
OR Tiny URL:
http://tinyurl.com/okj4yd9

Wayne Pacelle
November 05, 2014
Staying the Course, No Matter the Obstacles

National, state, and local elections are obvious pivot points in the task of
governing, with changes that voters usher in signaling small or large course
corrections. With the Republicans’ second wave election in four years –
interrupted by the reelection of a Democratic president two years ago – we
are likely to see more suspicion about attempts to place limits on the
mistreatment of animals. The HSUS and its political affiliate, the Humane
Society Legislative Fund, enjoy broad bipartisan support for our values with
the broad swath of American voters. But we generally meet with more
skepticism from Republican lawmakers, who are critical of some forms of
regulatory oversight and in a number of cases are closely allied with our
political adversaries at the NRA, the Farm Bureau, and other animal-use
industries. Indeed, in the last few years, we’ve seen vigorous efforts to
pass so-called “ag-gag” bills and even measures to limit citizen initiative
rights, among other forms of obstructionism.

We are big believers in making representative government work, and The HSUS
and the Humane Society Legislative Fund have helped pass more than
1,000 new laws in the last decade to help animals at the state level.
But it was our frustration with both obstinate lawmakers and general
gridlock, on some of the tougher reforms that led The HSUS to pursue ballot
measures in a vigorous way about a quarter century ago. When legislatures
failed to adopt popular reforms, we turned to the initiative and referendum
process as a safety valve. Since then, we’ve passed a wide range of
measures, outlawing cockfighting, extreme confinement of animals on factory
farms, inhumane and unsporting hunting and trapping methods, and other
harmful practices in the two dozen or so states that allow reforms through
direct democracy…

 

 

November 6, 2014

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Texas Outreach

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The Texas election results can be found at this state website: https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/nov04_175_state.htm You must “refresh” often as they are still being updated.

Yes, it’s almost here! The 84th Texas Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Please print out and save this information! Other important dates are listed below.

Monday, November 10, 2014: PREFILING of legislation for the 84th Legislature begins.

Friday, March 13, 2015: DEADLINE for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and bills that have been declared an emergency by the governor.

Monday, June 1, 2015: LAST DAY of the 84th Regular Session; corrections only in house and senate. Sunday, June 21, 2015: Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during regular legislative session.

Usually RPOA monitors approximately 30 bills, some we support but at least 6-8 bills are anti-pet and opposed unless amended to our satisfaction. RPOA is only as strong as our membership! We have a lot of new members this session, so we’ll provide information all along with TX-RPOA E-News. As we’ve mentioned earlier, your first assignment is to make a list to include: 1) your elected state and federal representatives with contact information, and 2) email addresses for all TV stations and newspapers, and personal veterinarians. We’ll provide Fact Sheets along the way for you to send them.

Texas has a great website: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ with everything you need to know and more. You can find your personal legislators by filling in your home address in the designated “Who Represents Me?” box. (Remember the new election results aren’t posted yet.) More serious members can read about the “TLO” at the bottom of the Home Page and sign up for a “Bill List” and “Alerts.” The TLO is incredible as you will be notified of bills filed containing certain “key” words entered and the bill’s progress or lack of it. RPOA will send out our Action Alerts to keep you informed, so you don’t need to do this unless you wish. All committee meetings can be viewed online and are archived. There’s an old saying “The Legislature is like watching sausage being made.” Anything can happen. Rules can be suspended, etc. The key persons are the governor, lt. governor and speaker of the House, who control everything.

Thanks to whoever said: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the table.” Your silence and not helping RPOA helps the other side — all the “animal rights” groups with their anti-pet agenda: Humane Society of the US, Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), ASPCA, PETA, Animal Legal Defense Fund (who have members in THLN and as officers of the Texas State Bar’s Animal Law Section), and other extremist “rights” groups. We hope you’ll be the voice for your animals this session instead of these extremists! Animal “Rights” means No Animals Left!

 

November 5, 2014

 

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A triumphant day in Texas for “We, the Pet Owners!” This was a very important election day for all Texas animal owners and the results pave the way for RPOA to be effective at the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature in January. The world is run by those who show up, not those who complain and criticize, but do nothing. Thanks to all of you who educated and financially supported your candidates. It worked!

Governor-elect Greg Abbott’s mother used to show dogs! Lt. Governor-elect Dan Patrick was very vocal in opposition to the Humane Society of the United States’ misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill HB 1451 in 2011, which has led to “animal rights” harassment of ALL Texas dog and cat breeders since passage as we predicted! Texas Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Miller was on Texas Humane Legislation Network’s “Hit List” this election for opposing their “animal rights” legislation in the past. It didn’t work; he won! Miller visited our booth at the Republican National Convention in Ft. Worth and is listening to RPOA concerns. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus was re-elected, but the Speaker position remains to be voted on when the Legislature convenes. Important to note: The Lt. Governor and House Speaker appoint all committees and chairmen for the Session, which is of prime importance. RPOA will be watching House and Senate Agriculture Committee appointments closely.

RPOA’s primary goal is to move all administration and enforcement of the Dog and Cat Breeder Bill under the Texas Agriculture Department instead of Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, which is always the “animal rights” preference with their bills. We’re optimistic if we can circle the wagons and all work together for this common goal. This is not a breeder issue, it’s a “pet issue.” Well-bred pets don’t grow on trees! What legislator or media reporter doesn’t “own” a pet? So your first assignment is to make a list to include: 1) your elected state and federal representatives with contact information, and 2) email addresses for all TV stations and newspapers, and personal veterinarians. We’ll provide Fact Sheets along the way for you to send them. RPOA is only as strong as our membership!

November 3, 2014

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Our appreciation to the Walter Connally Powell, Jr. Foundation Fund for their $10,000 donation to Responsible Pet Owners Alliance, our IRS 501 C3 Nonprofit Organization, which has administered a statewide Pet Education, Assistance & Rescue Program in Texas for 23 years! The only other donation we’ve ever received this large was in 2013 from the” Compadres Cat Club,” a TICA (The International Cat Association) Texas cat club. It is through the generosity and thoughtfulness of such contributions that we can continue to provide a reasonable voice regarding Texas animal issues and keep facts on the table. Our membership has extensive animal expertise which we offer to all levels of government at no cost. A recent laughable comment from the “Animal Rights” extremists was how terrible it is that the New York carriage horses just “work day in and day out.” Hello? Their lack of animal knowledge and NO animal use agenda is somewhat shocking.

Belated Thank You’s to

: * Rob Cary Pet Resort for sponsoring our Responsible Dog Ownership Day September 13th in San Antonio.

* Martin Kralik, Chairman RPOA Dallas Chapter, for speaking to the Doberman Pinscher Club of Dallas and their invited guests on September 16th, regarding what is at stake during the upcoming Texas Legislative Session, the federal USDA/APHIS issue, and the upcoming elections.

* And to those of you who continue to come up with innovative ways to donate. We received $50 by cashing in donated winning Lottery tickets recently. Whatever works!

We’ve kept messages to a minimum all Summer; hope you’ve enjoyed the rest, but as the Texas Legislature looms on the horizon, things will progressively heat up. Because we’ve been quiet publicly doesn’t mean we haven’t been getting ready behind the scenes! Be sure to vote tomorrow for the candidates who support our efforts for animal “welfare” and not animal “rights” — if you haven’t already. Let’s take back Texas animal issues.
October 30, 2014

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Thanks to Martin Kralik, our RPOA Dallas Chapter Chairman, for the information below.

Subject: HSUS/ASPCA TRAINING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THEIR AGENDA – BIG PROBLEM!

From HSUS themselves:

“The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the only organization with the nation’s leading experts on dogfighting, cockfighting, puppy mills and illegal animal cruelty. They provide law enforcement with a team of investigators; a fully equipped rescue response team; comprehensive shelter services for rescued animals; puppy mill and animal fighting tip lines; a $5,000 reward for the arrest of animal fighters and illegal puppy mill operators; a mobile forensic animal crimes lab; free law enforcement training on cruelty and fighting investigations; and the nation’s most extensive database of puppy mill operations and animal fighting suspects. Law Enforcement Training Humane Law Enforcement Awards

Contact Ashley Mauceri, Manager of Animal Cruelty Response amauceri@humanesociety.org
October 22, 2014

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City addresses dog shooting; protest planned

http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/cleburnetimesreview.com/news/article _5cb5ddbe-58b3-11e4-80be-af3133e54f04.html OR Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/kfucof6 Controversy continues to swirl … recently released video (at URL) of shooting raises questions.

 

October 13, 2014

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TX_RPOA_E-News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com October 9th Oral Hearing Report is posted on the KODA site: http://www.keepourdomesticanimals.com regarding the Associated Dog Clubs of New York State (ADCNYS) lawsuit against APHIS/USDA’s new rule requiring licensing of all pet breeders with more than four “breeding females” (undefined), who sell/transfer even one offspring “sight unseen.” Shocking, but true: HSUS sought and was granted the right to intervene as a “defendant.” And one of the reasons HSUS cited for intervening was their concern that USDA would withdraw the Rule and do a new rulemaking! Only Phil Hecht (KODA) and Tim Johnson (DOJ) spoke. HSUS lawyers Aaron Green and Kimberly Ockene were present and at the table with USDA but they did not speak. USDA regulations are NOT simply basic standards of animal care and are impossible to meet in a home setting, which HSUS knows! State Animal Cruelty Laws apply equally to ALL animal owners, so this new law is an agenda and isn’t necessary.

Interesting also to read this Press report on the lawsuit hearing: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/09/v-print/5231604/bad-rule-dog-bre eders-tell-usda.html

WASHINGTON DC – Chihuahua breeders are snapping at new federal rules that regulate Internet pet dealers. And they’re part of a larger pack.

From Russell terrier owners in Lexington, Ky., to miniature Australian shepherd fanciers in Red Oak, Texas, dog breeder organizations – and some feline allies – are challenging the Agriculture Department’s imposition of tougher standards on pet breeders who sell to remote buyers.

The licensing and inspection standards imposed last year were billed as a crackdown on Internet puppy mills. Groups such as the Chihuahua Club of America, the American Russell Terrier Club and the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America, though, think the rules also burden innocent pet breeders.

“The rules are an unjustified regulatory overreach,” attorney Philip Herbert Hecht said during a court hearing Thursday, adding that federal officials “have used a blunderbuss to kill a fly.”

The new rules regulate “sight unseen” sales, where the buyer and seller are physically separate. The Agriculture Department estimated that the new rules cover 2,600 to 4,600 dog breeders and roughly 325 cat breeders. Skeptics say this underestimates the impact.

The Agriculture Department further estimates that covered breeders would have to pay only several hundred dollars to comply. Skeptics contend the costs could be much higher, particularly for breeders who must make physical modifications.

Covered breeders must ensure that their kennels meet requirements that cover space, sanitation, ventilation, lighting and other elements*.*

Betsy Atkinson, for instance, is a New York dog breeder who estimated in an affidavit that it would cost “between $10,000 and $15,000” to modify her kennel to federal standards. Seattle-area resident Kornelia Surmann declared in an affidavit that she stopped breeding the rare Kurilian bobtail cat

<http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/cats-101/videos/kurilian-bobtail.htm> because she couldn’t afford the compliance costs.

The Obama administration defends the rules as appropriate, and well within the Agriculture Department’s authority.

“The secretary of agriculture believes monitoring must be in place when there is a risk of animal mistreatment,” Justice Department attorney Timothy A. Johnson said Thursday, adding that the costs are “more than outweighed by the benefit that animals will be treated humanely and well.”

During the 50-minute oral argument Thursday, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper didn’t explicitly tip his hand. At times, though, he pressed the government’s attorney about what evidence demonstrates the seriousness of the problem.

“How many complaints were there?” Cooper asked, following up later by asking, “What in the record supports the proportionality of the response?”

Johnson conceded he lacked specific information on complaints, while Hecht said documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed there have only been “a handful.” Taken together, this could undermine the Agriculture Department’s defense of the rules, which, Cooper said, impose “some fairly significant burdens.”

The hearing was to consider a motion for summary judgment, on a lawsuit that’s rooted in the Animal Welfare Act

<http://awic.nal.usda.gov/government-and-professional-resources/federal-laws /animal-welfare-act> .

The 1966 law imposed licensing and inspection standards but exempted retail pet stores, at a time when that meant traditional brick-and-mortar stores or small home-based breeders.

Online pet sales have since proliferated, leading the Agriculture Department’s inspector general to warn in a 2010 report that “some large breeders circumvented” the law by selling animals over the Internet while calling themselves retail pet stores.

“An increasing number of these unlicensed breeders are not monitored for their animals’ overall health and humane treatment,” investigators noted.

Bills to regulate Internet pet sales were subsequently introduced, but the Agriculture Department in 2012 proposed eliminating the Internet sales loophole on its own. After chewing over more than 75,000 public comments, officials imposed the new rules in September 2013.

While brick-and-mortar retail pet stores where buyer and seller physically meet are still exempt, businesses that sell pets “sight unseen” over the Internet or through other means must now be licensed and inspected. The rules cover any owner who maintains at least five breeding females.

The rules cover other types of pets as well, including gerbils, rats, chinchillas and snakes.

“We know that if the federal standards are being met, the animals are getting humane care and treatment,” Edward Avalos, the Agriculture Department’s undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, said when the rules were imposed.

The Humane Society of the United States <http://www.humanesociety.org/> has entered the case in support of the department’s rules, declaring at one point that they mean vulnerable animals “will finally get the protection they deserve.”

Hecht, based in Washington, and fellow attorney Franklin W. Losey, based in Navarre, Fla., filed the suit last December asking a judge to set aside the rule as unjustified and beyond the Agriculture Department’s authority.

A key question for Cooper will be how much deference he owes the Agriculture Department experts who crafted the rules.

 

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September 26, 2014

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Two important links below: Must Read/see picture at: Wayne Pacelle’s Blog with lies about Prager, NAIA, AKC “Puppy Mills”

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Group protests PA dog breeder pick for key USDA post Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer September 25, 2014, 7:14 PM

One of the nation’s largest animal welfare groups is asking the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to reconsider its appointment of an outspoken Pennsylvania dog breeder to a new advisory position where he has broad advisory powers on legislation and regulations that affect thousands of dog kennels and the sale of puppy mill dogs.

In a letter the Humane Society of the United States told USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack that it opposed the appointment of Julian Prager as Canine Program Adviser because of his stance opposing USDA’s new retail pet store regulation and many animal welfare laws in Pennsylvania.

Prager, who was named to the post last month, has long been an official with the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs, which fought against Pennsylvania’s landmark puppy mill bill and other legislation affecting dogs…..

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.”In hiring Julian Prager, the USDA has put the owner of a commercial dog breeding kennel, a member of the AKC and an outspoken critic of dog breeding regulations in a division whose supposed purpose is to regulate dog breeders,” said Marsha Perelman, who sits on the Pennsylvania governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board with Prager and is a board member of HSUS. “This is as pure a conflict of interest as one can imagine.”.

Bob Baker, a leading figure in shaping Pennsylvania’s dog law over three decades, called the appointment “scandalous.” “USDA has chosen to hire an apologist for the puppy mill industry to assist in the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) which regulates the same industry that Mr. Prager has served to promote for many years,” said Baker now executive director of the MIssouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.. “Mr. Prager consistently opposes all animal welfare legislation and has worked relentlessly to weaken the Pennsylvania Dog Law.”….

 

September 22, 2014

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Milton Friedman, PhD, Nobel Laureate, 1912-2006: “Maybe I did well and maybe I led the battle but nobody ever said we were going to win this thing at any point in time. Eternal vigilance is required and there have to be people who step up to the plate, who believe in liberty, and who are willing to fight for it.”Truer words were never spoken in regard to our ongoing battle regarding pet ownership! Are you willing to fight for it?

RPOA has been playing “Chicken Little” since 1991, when we first became aware of the radical “animal rights” legislative agenda. Few believed us until now! RPOA founding members all met at San Antonio City hall when the first Mandatory Spay/Neuter & Breeder Permits City Ordinance in Texas was proposed. We’re sure our old timers are tired of hearing this again, and we’re tired of saying the same old thing for 23 years but we have many new members. This legislation progressed to other cities in various forms and there’s been no letup in anti-pet laws at all levels of government since that time. Senator Letitia Van de Putte has filed state bills during two previous Texas Legislative Sessions with this same wording and will probably do so again this next Session – if she isn’t elected Texas’ Lt. Governor. Watching the extremists’ incremental legislative steps all these years has been frustrating to say the least, as they build on previous successes. Even more frustrating has been the APATHY of many Texas animal owners who felt “all this would never affect them” and let it happen. Or the ones who felt they could “compromise” with HSUS and throw others under the bus!

Now … with the new USDA/APHIS Rule regarding “no sight unseen sales of all species of pets” without federal licensing, coupled with state laws legislating dog/cat breeding out of existence, plus city bans on pet shops selling dogs/cats — how bad does it have to get to awaken the “Sleeping Majority” of animal owners?” We are the majority! These are pet issues, NOT just “breeder” issues. The coming year is the most important year of our existence.

RE the federal USDA Lawsuit:

Please donate to SAOVA with this great “matching donations” offer below! For an update on the USDA lawsuit, visit www.keepourdomesticanimals.com To DOUBLE your donation, http://saova.org/support.html . Why this lawsuit isn’t vocally and financially supported by ALL species of ALL national animal organizations is truly a mystery to us. This is a time for everyone to work together. Lawsuit Court date is October 9th. Frank Losey has been helping the attorney of record … pro bono … and his efforts are deeply appreciated by RPOA. An AKC judge would have never been hired by APHIS if it weren’t for this lawsuit, although it’s just window dressing. Eternal vigilance, don’t forget it!

Please Post on Facebook, Blogs, Forward and Crosspost! ***The Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA) will accept donations earmarked for support of the Associated Dog Clubs of New York State (ADCNYS) lawsuit against the USDA and HSUS to block enforcement of the “retail pet store” rule that requires thousands of small-scale breeders to be licensed and inspected by the federal government. SAOVA will match donations received up to $500. *** http://saova.org/support.html Your animals will be glad you did!

 

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“Time 4 Dogs” says it all in this excellent commentary below. Julian Prager (National Animal Interest Alliance) has revised his letter — said earlier that the new USDA regulation is “not” because of HSUS. REALLY? As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” Rock On, Lawsuit!!!

TIME 4 DOGS: “YOU CAN’T SERVE TWO MASTERS” Posted: 09 Sep 2014 05:32 PM PDT Here’s some deeply disturbing news. At a time when literally thousands of dog clubs and owners are fighting a legal battle to stave off the new APHIS rules for breeders, NAIA’s Julian Prager, a bulldog breeder, AKC judge, lawyer and former NY animal control director, announced yesterday that he is now working for USDA-APHIS. He just can’t get enough of government rules and regulations. Especially when he is getting fed in the process!

Do animal owners have any hope for the future? I don’t think so. My crystal ball tells me we can only look forward to more red tape strangulation.

The USDA was not founded as an agency meant to regulate anyone, it was initiated to educate and advise farmers on good practices. But like most anything involving the government, it has expanded like the blob, feeding off of our human rights. Congress passed a law in the 1960s allowing USDA to regulate “commercial” dog breeders, and wala, here we are a few short decades later; now anyone who owns a few bitches and who sells even one dog by remote means like air shipping, is under their iron fist. Quite a nauseating turn of events here in a land where our freedoms are supposed to be a priority.

A letter rife with baloney like how he will help develop government guidelines for “preserving bloodlines” and squelching “bad actors” was released yesterday by Mr. Prager.

Now aside from the fact that the USDA could not produce even ONE example of a “bad actor” when requested to do so, what business is it of the government how anyone breeds, be it for the purpose of “preserving bloodlines” or crossbreeding to create a new breed? Will we now have minimal daily requirements for dog breeding? Get them OUT of where they don’t belong! You just can’t make this stuff up. Although it would have been nice to awaken and say, “oh gosh, it was only a bad dream.”

***Julian Prager’s letter:*** I wanted to be sure that [AKC] Delegates who were not at the meeting today and all club legislative liaisons received word of the announcement I made at today’s meeting.

Small hobby and show breeders have all been concerned about the implications of the revision to the “Retail Pet Store Rule” by APHIS and the implication for that group. APHIS has heard your concerns. At last year’s NAIA conference the APHIS Deputy Administrator met with about 20 of us after the session to discuss our concerns and issues.

He committed to work with us to work to resolve these issues. Two weeks ago, I was hired by Animal Care within APHIS as part of it central policy staff. My position, Canine Program Advisor, was advertised to bring in someone who would facilitate communication among APHIS, the breeder community, rescue groups and related animal interest groups. I will be providing APHIS staff with technical guidance on dog issues, assist in training their field staff, participate in developing program information material, conduct outreach and education and, most significantly, work on developing related policies and rules.

Both the amendment to the Animals Welfare Act in the Farm Bill and Conference Committee Report provide an opportunity for APHIS to clarify the existing rules and provide for a more clear structure for exemptions from licensing. APHIS was asked to clarify the definition of “breeding female” and I will be working with other staff to do that. The changes to the law give the Secretary the authority to exempt from licensing those whose activities have a minimal impact on interstate commerce and the welfare of animals. Both the AKC GR staff and NAIA are aware that the additional authority granted by Congress was, in large part, directed at addressing concerns expressed by smaller breeders who were breeding to preserve bloodlines.

I have asked for feedback from the Delegates and all clubs regarding what fact-based standards would work for your breed in your real world activities. APHIS needs solid data, not conjecture, to bolster each type of exemption and the exemptions should be tailored, to the extent possible, to a range of situations, not just a particular breed. For example, what data are there to provide a basis for determining when the number of animals being bred is insufficient to maintain breed existence? For all of the concerns expressed during the process of adopting the new rule, real world, grounded examples are needed to support an suggestions made to provide for exemptions.

As I said at the Legislative Caucus, drafting rules to include one group of require licensing of another group are fairly easy. What is difficult is writing a rule that the bad actors can’t wiggle around while still permitting those properly caring for their animals through. This all started because large breeding facilities that were previously excluded from the retail pet store definition because they sold wholesale, began selling dog of questionable health directly to purchasers through internet sales. That was the target of the rule revision. It is your mission (in your own self interest) to provide APHIS with the information that justifies including one group under licensing requirements, while exempting another group. And it can’t be “because we are the good guys.” It has to be some fairly objective criterion or criteria that are unassailable. Because you know there are those out there who will claim that just because you breed, you are suspect. I can be reached at Julian.D.Prager@aphis.usda.gov.

I look forward to your assistance in developing clear rules and meaningful exemptions for activities which have a minimal effect on interstate commerce. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please let me know. This is a complex process and it will take time to address Congress’ changes to the law and requests to the agency. In the meanwhile, the current rule is being enforced. Since discussions are just starting internally, I cannot tell you where this will wind up, but there is a way forward and I ask for your help in establishing a clear path ahead. Julian Prager

NO WONDER Mr. Prager has pooh-poohed the legal challenge to the new APHIS rules. He LIKES the new APHIS rules!

Sort of creepy how we see prominent people doing their political power dances. First the USDA hiring from the ranks of the HSUS, then we had Ed Sayres and PIJAC, and now Julian Prager and the USDA! I’m afraid to see what will happen next!

Here’s an old and wise precept about conflict of interest. Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Or we could revise it for today: “You cannot serve both the breeding community and the USDA-APHIS.”
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Texas Humane Legislation Network Dallas animal advocacy conference sets its sights on lions, tigers and bears By Teresa Gubbins

The annual THLN conference, held at the Highland Dallas hotel, enjoyed its largest turnout to date. (For pictures, go to URL above.) Wildlife expert Tim Harrison spoke on a panel dedicated to exotic pet ownership. Attorney Jonathan Neerman, State Rep. Eric Johnson and State Rep. Kenneth Sheets at the THLN conference. (RPOA Insert: “Are these your state representatives? If so, they need to be educated!”)

If you were trying to find the animal-advocacy conference at the Highland Dallas September 6, you didn’t have to look hard. A display of bejeweled dog statues formed an entryway to the second-floor ballroom, where animal professionals and legal eagles came together to plan legislation for 2015. The dogs were an artful distraction, but the meeting was all business. This was the sixth annual conference hosted by the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), a grassroots animal-advocacy organization based in Dallas. Established in 1975, THLN fights for laws to protect animals from neglect and abuse.

Toiling on legislation might not have the warm-and-fuzzy value that goes with rescuing a puppy. But THLN’s legislative successes have had a profound impact. The event featured noted speakers such as exotic wildlife expert and TV regular Tim Harrison, state representatives Eric Johnson and Kenneth Sheets, and veteran advocates such as Skip Trimble and Dallas Animal Shelter manager Jody Jones. A warm reception was given to Assistant District Attorney David Alex, fresh from his victory in court the day before, when Robert Prichard was sentenced to six-and-a-half years for killing the pit bull Candy, the biggest sentence for the Dallas DA’s office since the Animal Cruelty Unit was launched. Alex, who joined a panel on animal cruelty with Jones and Harris County District Attorney Jessica Milligan, traced the strides made in animal cruelty cases, advancing from the sloppy forensics of early crimes to the present-day coordination between police and animal control. “We’ve seen the progression in how we respond,” he said. Jones urged those who observe cruelty to document with photos and facts. “Don’t use words like ‘starving,’ but instead, ‘I see vertebrae through the skin,'” she said. “And not everybody loves animals, so to be effective you need to find what works. For example, if you want to get your police department engaged, talk about violent crimes.” Held for the first time in Dallas – it was previously in Austin or Houston – the conference drew more than 150 attendees, its largest turnout yet, with animal control officers, lawyers, veterinarians and rescue groups. The topic of exotic pet ownership filled an entire panel, including wildlife expert and TV regular Tim Harrison.

Toiling on legislation might not have the warm-and-fuzzy value that goes with rescuing a puppy off the street. But THLN is a results-oriented group whose legislative successes have had a profound impact, with bans on dog fighting; gas chambers in animal shelters; “horse tripping”; and “canned” hunting of lions, tigers and bears. They’ve also improved standards at animal shelters and housing for wild animals. Shelby Bobosky, THLN’s legislative co-chair, outlined the major issues the group hopes to tackle in the upcoming legislative session: strengthening the tethering law, requiring peace officers to take canine encounter training and banning ownership of dangerous wild animals. Texas has a tethering law, but its limitations make it unenforceable. “So far, there has not been one prosecution for a tethering crime,” she said.

The need for police officers to undergo canine encounter training reflects the rising numbers of animal incidents. One-in-three officers encounters dogs and up to half of shootings include dogs, Bobosky said.

The topic of exotic pet ownership filled an entire panel. Chaired by THLN’s Skip Trimble, it featured Harrison, a former police officer and the subject of documentary The Elephant in the Living Room, plus representatives from two sanctuaries: Howard Baskin, from Big Cat Rescue in Florida, and Ben Callison, from Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas.

In the upcoming legislative session, THLN hopes to tackle strengthening the tethering law and banning ownership of dangerous wild animals. Bobosky said that there are more than 3,000 exotic big cats in Texas, although exact numbers are not known because of the patchwork laws in place. <SNIP, see URL above for the entire article!>

Other panels addressed breeder laws and effective ways to get lawmakers’ attention. State Rep. Sheets reminded the group that his wife was an animal lover. “I’m getting lobbied there too,” he said. Trimble, whose deep involvement in animal welfare dates back to 1992, said that Texas represents a “tough climate” for animal legislation, with an agricultural industry determined to avoid having cruelty standards applied to what they do, as well as obfuscation from entities like the Zoological Association of America, who created confusion among legislators during the last session by trying to introduce their own conflicting bills. “We all hate animal cruelty,” Trimble said. “We see someone who’s shot a dog or mistreated them, that’s horrible stuff. But the largest number of animals who suffer is in commercial situations where people are making money off animals. “The second-highest number of violations for underground illegal importing is animals, second only to drugs. These people will fight tooth and nail to keep making money. People don’t realize how big the problem is.”

 

August 16, 2014

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What a crock! Another case of “Follow the Money” with wasted time and wasted money. We’re not sure what planet Purdue Center, PIJAC, World Pet Association, and Pet Food Institute live on, but HSUS has already beat them to it in many states with their misnamed “Puppy Mill” Laws. Only the HSUS standards of care are not voluntary! Additional support is provided by USDA’s Center for Animal Welfare to develop education programs for breeders.

RPOA has developed reasonable standards of animal care for our proposed bill to “repeal and replace HB 1451” next Texas Legislative Session (convenes in January), which could be a model for other states if passed. It didn’t take rocket science or two years. Go to the URL below for links and more information.

************************ http://feedstuffs.com/story-purdue-center-write-standards-commercial-care-breeding-dogs-45-116366

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Purdue center to write standards for commercial care, breeding of dogs Published on: Aug 13, 2014

The director of Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science will lead a two-year research project to develop and test science-based, nationwide animal care standards for the commercial breeding and raising of dogs.

The goal is to provide breeders with uniform standards for dog care and well-being in all states, said Candace Croney, an associate professor of comparative pathobiology and animal science whose research focuses on the behavior and welfare of animals.

“Although many states have standards in place, they are highly variable from state to state,” she said. “In addition, several factors that significantly impact dog welfare, such as their housing, have not been well studied, raising questions about the basis and adequacy of current standards. This project will help fill the gaps in regard to better meeting dogs’ needs.”

The public is becoming increasingly concerned that existing state laws, typically written as minimum standards, do not fully address important elements of dog care and well-being, such as health, genetics, reproductive soundness and behavioral wellness. The ethical issues involved, including lifelong obligations to the animals, must also be addressed, Croney said….

The project, funded by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, Pet Food Institute and World Pet Association, will draw on the varied expertise of many Purdue researchers and colleagues at other institutions. Additional support is being provided by the Science Fellows program of the U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA-APHIS Center for Animal Welfare. …………………………………………..

 

August 5. 2014

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So you’ll know where we’re coming from: It was RPOA that hounded San Antonio Area Foundation in 2007 to pay the $8,000 fee to bring in Nathan Winograd, the acclaimed founder of the No Kill Movement, for a fantastic all-day seminar. The city had refused to do so and were only interested in passing the most onerous animal ordinance in the country that year. Winograd warned that the legislation would result in more animals killed at Animal Care Services, not less, but city officials ignored him. The city passed the “animal rights” ordinance and at the same time declared the city would be “No Kill by 2012.”

Animal laws can have many unintended consequences, especially for low income pet owners. The jury is still out on Austin and San Antonio No Kill Programs in Texas. If animal control facilities don’t accept or pick up stray animals, it’s easy to become “No Kill!” But is it humane for the animals dumped and living on the streets? RPOA thinks not.

Our appreciation to Brian Chasnoff with San Antonio Express-News for his informative article below: http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/brian_chasnoff/article/Too-many-sick-animals-at-ACS-5667950.php (Available to subscribers only, comments allowed or you can e-mail Brian at bchasnoff@express-news.net .)

August 4, 2014 SAN ANTONIO – Animal Care Services is in the last month of vying with 49 other shelters in the nation for $100,000. The local agency won the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge two years ago. This year, it’s aiming again for the grand prize, trying to save the most lives through the period of June 1 to Aug. 31. Yet, at what cost?

As the national contest peaks, the health of cats and dogs emerging from the city-owned shelter has dipped, according to a source close to the agency. As a result, since April, the local Humane Society has had to “scale back” the number of animals it accepts from ACS. ”

ACS is struggling to provide well animals,” said the source, who asked not to be identified. “Everything that (the Humane Society is) taking from ACS is sick or injured to a degree that it takes weeks to adopt them out. … The majority from ACS is injured or ill.”

The Humane Society is one of 130 rescue groups that partner with ACS.

It accepts up to 2,500 animals a year from the shelter. After a baseline of 500 animals, the city pays the no-kill nonprofit $50 per animal.

Last year, ACS did not compete in the Rachael Ray challenge, and the Humane Society had accepted 2,460 animals from the shelter by Sept. 30.

By contrast, the Humane Society has taken fewer than 1,000 animals from ACS so far this fiscal year, troubled by the number of sheltered creatures stricken with diseases.

The source blamed the bad health of potential pets on “overcrowding.”

To release more creatures and win the contest, the city is cramming together too many sick animals, to the point where it has stopped accepting strays from the public, the source said.

Late Monday, ACS Director Kathy Davis refuted that the agency is crowding animals, and asserted that the dogs and cats it shelters are “healthier” this summer than in previous years.

Lisa Norwood, spokeswoman for ACS, acknowledged that the agency stopped accepting “over-the-counter” strays at various points throughout the summer. “We’ll stop accepting strays if it means we will not be able to humanely house them,” Norwood said. “It has happened on occasion throughout the summer, multiple times.”

ACS always accepts animals accused of biting, as well as sick or injured creatures. And it never stops rounding up strays in the “field,” said Bethany Heins, live release manager at ACS.

Every month, District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales joins ACS officers on “community walks” to capture strays. The agency picked up 18 dogs on Friday, she said. “We’ve been picking them up pretty aggressively,” Gonzales said.

At 2 p.m. on Monday, ACS was sheltering 516 animals in its kennels – dogs, cats and one chicken.

When I mentioned concerns about illness and overcrowding, Heins said, “I would disagree with that statement.” Norwood offered some nuance. “It’s understandable when a shelter is trying to go no-kill, as you get toward those higher (live release) numbers, you’ll start to see having to place animals that were tougher to place in the past,” she said. “Your pool of turn-key pets, if you will, is getting smaller and smaller. … It’s the last percentage points, the last, final push that’s the hardest.” ACS has aspired to no-kill status since 2006.

That would mean saving at least 90 percent of adoptable animals. In 2011, city officials acknowledged it wouldn’t meet its 2012 no-kill goal. That year, it was saving only 35 percent of adoptable creatures. Since then, the city has killed much fewer animals.

Last year, it celebrated a live release rate of 83 percent, its highest to that point. In January, the number rose even higher: A record 86 percent of the animals put in the city’s care either were released to owners or found new homes.

A delicate balance, however, must be kept.

The city is notorious for its strays. Packs of dogs roam the streets, particularly on the South and West sides.

Crowding facilities so much that the city must refuse strays from the public might be a good way to release more animals and win contests. The approach backfires, however, when too many animals fall ill, and partners such as the Humane Society are forced to slow adoptions. …………………………………………….

 

July 29, 2014

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RE: Texas Licensed Dog & Cat Breeder Law

“The Fox is in the Hen House”… with the new Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) appointment to the Breeder Advisory Committee; representing an “Animal Welfare Organization” — no less!

Brian Francis, TDLR deputy executive director, told us: “The new member is Natalie Lynch. She is an attorney here in Austin. She is the Chair of the State Bar of Texas’s Animal Law Section and the animal welfare organization she represents is the Texas Humane Legislative Network.”

FYI: Texas Humane Legislative Network (THLN) is not an “animal welfare organization” — they are an IRS 501 C4 Organization, with ties to vegans at HSUS, and lobby exclusively for their “animal rights” legislative agenda every Texas Legislative Session. THLN has no hands-on programs with animals and their website used to say “Don’t call us!”

RPOA had submitted an application and asked that Mary Visser be appointed as our “animal welfare” organization’s representative on the Committee, especially since there is no existing representation for show/hobby breeders. Mary breeds and shows AKC Shetland Sheepdogs and had to abandon one line of her breeding program to stay under the limits required to be state licensed. Mary attended many meetings of the Breeder Advisory Committee in Austin when they wrote the lengthy “Rules” for administration and enforcement. No one is more knowledgeable about this new law than Mary.

What does this startling TDLR appointment say to Texas dog and cat breeders? In your face, “Screw You!” The TDLR program is already heavily tainted — biased against all dog and cat breeders in our state. Our proposed bill next session will transfer the program to be under the Texas Agriculture Department (who have extensive animal expertise) and eliminate the Advisory Committee entirely as it will always be heavily influenced by these extremists.

Della Woods Lindquist, TDLR’s Assistant General Council has had a serious conflict of interest with this new law, helped write the law, and was a volunteer with Austin’s Emancipet whose website encouraged donations to Texas Humane Legislation Network – the primary promoter of HB 1451. Lindquist told one dog breeder she would be developing the rules and regulations if the bill was adopted. She also told him that each time someone purchases a dog from him, a shelter dog is killed – typical AR Speak.

Veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller’s resignation letter to the Breeder Advisory Committee confirms all this. Teller states she was disillusioned with the process, which was driving the good breeders out of business — “the breeders who seriously care about the animals they raise and improving the breeds they are passionate about will either be out of business, or at the least, out of state. Certainly we are not making life better for either the citizens or the animals of Texas.”

Dr. Teller sums it up so well. Now if we can only get our legislators to listen. This new law was meant to eliminate all Texas dog and cat breeders — not regulate them!

 

July 9, 2014

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RPOA Texas Outreach’s booth at the recent Texas State Democratic Convention in Dallas was yet another succesful proactive effort to counter the animal “rights” extremists’ influence in our beloved state. We are the experts regarding Texas animal issues; not Humane Society of U.S. nor their Texas arm “Texas Humane Legislation Network.”

Thanks to our Dallas/Forth RPOA Chapter Chairmen, Martin Kralik and Jonathan Elledge, and their volunteers: Kitty Dieterich (our only cat person!), Jolene Davis with her Poodle “Cliff,” Diana Jones who substituted for Rita Rice and brought Rita’s gorgeous Borzoi “Barnabus” on Sunday! Martin arrived at the Convention Hall Saturday loaded down with lunch/drinks for everyone as it was a long day – from 9 AM until 9 PM – but well worth it!

We handed out educational flyers, including a Fact Sheet on HB 1451 describing our upcoming effort to “repeal and replace” this HSUS legislative agenda; two AKC flyers (“Where did the dogs go?” and “Can You Imagine A World Without Dogs?). Other flyers were: Animal Welfare vs Animal Rights, the “Guardian” word instead of dog “owners” Flyer, and a Fact Sheet on HSUS and their Agenda 21 Connection.

The Texas Humane Legislation Network Booth was directly across from RPOA, but was often unattended or only had one person there. We had the dogs, people, candy, colorful pictures, flyers, and information to attract convention goers, and then they stayed to talk about their own pets. This gave us an opportunity to go into what we do and why we do it. Jonathan even spoke with one interested newspaper reporter. Some persons took flyers and came back by the booth later, saying “I had no idea!” and dropped something in our Donation Jar. We collected almost $100 but fundraising wasn’t the purpose of this booth and we didn’t push for donations.

Our total booth expense for this convention was $631.60 ($500 for space and $131.60 for two extra chairs). We had flyers left over from the Republican State Convention, which was much more expensive with a total cost of $3,060.28. We haven’t begun to recover that cost yet!

But none of this could have happened without all our great volunteers! Our appreciation again to Elizabeth Lane, Stephanie Gladney and Carol Houlihan, who also staffed the Republican Convention Booth with some of those listed above, but couldn’t make this one.

These two state political conventions kicked off our year-long “Campaign Countdown” for the upcoming 6 month State Legislative Session ending June 1st, 2015. And we couldn’t have asked for a better opening act! Stay tuned as there’s much more to come.

 

June 30, 2014

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Heads Up! There appears to be another bill brewing for the upcoming Texas Legislative Session from animal shelters regarding “ownership” of impounded animals. Very informative (long) newspaper article at this link:

http://tinyurl.com/p3cgr5q

There is an ongoing effort now by city and private shelters to be declared the “owners” of impounded animals immediately, so shelters can do as they please with them. Adoptable animals are being transported all over the country to other rescue groups or shelters and their real owners never get them back.

The cities of Austin and San Antonio have contracts with Austin Pets Alive! and San Antonio Pets Alive! (mentioned in article above) to handle all pet adoptions and foster homes directly from inside city facilities in an effort to become “No Kill” cities. These two organizations are headed by the same person: Dr. Ellen Jefferson, an Austin veterinarian, who is alleged to be in violation of state law in the article.

City “pounds” also appear to be upset because of a long standing state law that there must be a full time veterinarian on duty.

Just a small quote from the article

: “Some have found ways to circumvent the rule, at least in the short term. San Antonio and Austin have passed ordinances that allow city shelter staff and volunteers to provide medical care by giving them caretaker status upon intake. Private [rescue] groups have sought to be exempted from board oversight by taking ownership of animals. That excludes them from the rule because pets are classified as property under state law.” (End of quotes.)

 

June 27, 2014

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The RPOA BOOTH #133 is set up at the Texas Democratic State Convention in “Big D” today and tomorrow (Friday/Saturday, June 27-28). Actually our booth is directly across the aisle from Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), the HSUS arm in our state. THLN has their usual propaganda signage: “Help us stop puppymills.”

Unfortunately Animal Rights Extremists must lie or else they’d never get their anti-pet legislation passed and enforced. This week is no exception!

Our purpose at the state Republican and Democratic Conventions is not to support candidates but to educate attendees regarding HB 1451, the HSUS “Pet Elimination” Bill which THLN /HSUS mistakenly call the “Puppy Mill” Bill and to promote our own RPOA “real commercial breeder” bill to repeal and replace the HSUS bill in the upcoming legislative session.

HB 1451 affects every dog and cat breeder in the state as it’s written and that’s not by accident. Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) is implying in their letters to breeders that all Texas dog and cat breeders must be licensed and requests them to fill out and return a very intrusive TDLR Questionnaire!

THLN’s Website contains multiple lies: Lie #1) It’s a “Large Scale” Dog & Cat Breeders Act (no “commercial” or “puppymill” word anywhere);

Lie #2) A group of “breeders” plan to “repeal” the Act (RPOA has many types of animal owners — pet owners, many working dog and hunting dog owners, veterinarians, attorneys, etc. as members and has a reasonable “replacement” bill}; and

Lie #3) Say Act provides “minimum standards,” when the mandated “USDA regulations as minimum standards” were written for large animal research facilities and cannot possibly be met in a home setting. It appears licenses have been issued to breeders not even in compliance with the over-the-top USDA regulations and TDLR Rules; nor the 18 months’ TDLR inspection requirements because animals aren’t allowed in the home plus other onerous provisions. It is up to all of our membership to keep the truth on the table with your elected legislators, House Speaker, Lt. Governor and the Governor … whoever they turn out to be! Democrats or Republicans.

At the present time, this new law is a “harassment tool” for the radical anti-all-use-of-animals vegans, who are turning in every dog/cat breeder in the state anonymously, seeking the $1,000 Breeder Bounty. This automatically demands an investigation by TDLR and is at tremendous cost to the state because not all dog and cat breeders are required to be licensed. Yet!

Our RPOA bill will transfer all administration and enforcement to the Texas Department of Agriculture and their trained staff regarding the care and condition of animals. TDLR regulates auctioneers, elevators, cosmotologists, etc. — not animals!

Hopefully our booth staff will have the opportunity to personally hand our HB 1451 Flyer to Democratic Candidate for Texas Governor Wendy Davis, who voted for HB 1451 and Senator John Whitmire and Rep. Senfronia Thompson. These two Democratic legislators sponsored and rammed HB 1451, a national “animal rights” legislative agenda, thru the legislative process based on false information and pretense.

June 1st kicked off our year long Legislative Campaign from now until June 2015, when the Legislature adjourns. THLN, HSUS, Animal Legal Defense Fund and other “animal rights” friends have done the same, so it won’t be an easy ride! We’ll keep you informed as there are usually at least 30 animal related bills of interest to us. Donations can be made at www.rpoatexasoutreach.org with Paypal or mail in address.

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June 24, 2014

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Forward from: “Center for Consumer Freedom” Read the full version here: http://www.humanewatch.org/charity-navigator-issues-donor-advisory-against-hsus/

Charity Navigator Issues “Donor Advisory” Against HSUS

In response to criticism of his organization, Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne “I don’t love animals” Pacelle has often pointed to his organization’s rating from Charity Navigator, a charity evaluator. HSUS had a four (out of four) star rating until earlier this year, when it dropped to three stars. Now, it’s a former rating.

As of last week Charity Navigator removed its rating of HSUS and replaced it with a “donor advisory.” The advisory notifies website visitors of the $15.75 million settlement of a racketeering and bribery lawsuit that HSUS was a part of last month. You can read more about that settlement here, but the lawsuit involved HSUS money allegedly paying a witness who lied to a federal court.

This is another major blow to HSUS. CharityWatch, a another charity evaluator, has given HSUS D and C-minus grades over the past several years for HSUS’s high spending on overhead. Charity Navigator is a weaker evaluator but has more reach than CharityWatch and now Charity Navigator has come out against HSUS. It’d be nice if the BBB Wise Giving Alliance also joined the party, but given the Alliance’s fundamentally flawed accreditation system, we won’t hold our breath.

A common email signature among HSUS staff included a reference to the now-former Charity Navigator rating. It must have been an awkward moment sending the memo around.

 

June 17, 2014

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If you own an animal in Texas, you should be informed and on guard when the Texas Legislature is in Session! If the radical Animal Rights Brigade hasn’t targeted you yet, it’s only a matter of time until they do.

Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), the Texas arm of Humane Society of the U.S., announces their slate (below) for the upcoming Texas Legislative Session, which convenes mid-January. These organizations are not “animal advocacy” groups as the title of their article below indicates; but are actually vegan animal “rights” extremists with a national anti-pet, anti-meat, anti-hunting, anti-rodeo, anti-Sea World, anti-circus, etc. legislative agenda.

THLN’s lengthy article on PR Newswire is at the link below. Please read every word! (RPOA hasn’t renewed our subscription to PR Newswire this year due to the cost. Without more funding, we’re definitely at a disadvantage out of the starting gate!

HSUS and THLN consider “all” dog and cat breeders to be “puppymills” and spout their usual propaganda about the “Large Scale Commercial Breeder Act,” which they pledge to defend next session. They are aware that RPOA is bringing it up again!

THLN also wants to strengthen the existing Tethering Law which has been unenforceable as written for years, asserting that continuous chaining of a dog is inhumane. Didn’t THLN write that bill also?

As we expected, THLN is capitalizing on the issue of recent dog shootings by law officers, stating that Texas heads the nation in dog shootings. Who’s keeping the stats on dog shootings in every state in the country? More lies.

There’s much more! A must read:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1993892

If these are truly efforts advocating “for” animal welfare, then THLN and RPOA will be on the same page. But THLN history has taught us that “what they say is not what you get” when you read the fine print in their bills.

 

June 13, 2014

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Volunteers are needed from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to staff our RPOA booth at the Democratic State Convention Friday and Saturday, June 27th and 28th at the Dallas Convention Center. Since HSUS and Texas Humane Legislative Network (THLN) had the two most powerful Democratic House and Senate members in 2011 sponsor their misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill (for the second legislative session effort actually), it is imperative that we educate everyone on what the new law really says and how it is being enforced — not what HSUS and THLN say about it! The bill passed based on false pretenses and must be repealed and replaced. It’s up to us to keep facts on the table and we have an excellent flyer on HB 1451 to distribute in addition to other flyers. Contact Juan Vasquez at our office if you can help at the booth:

rpoa-programs@att.net or call our office (210) 822-6763.

The $500 booth cost has been donated!

Booth Staff Shifts are:

Friday Morning (27th): 8am until 2pm

Friday Afternoon (27th): 2pm until 9pm.

Saturday Morning (28th): 7:30am until 1pm.

Saturday Afternoon (28th): 1pm until 6pm

. RPOA is based in San Antonio, the home of the Spurs basketball team. Not sure how many of you are basketball fans, but the Spurs are in the NBA Championship Runoffs and only have one more game to go to win it! Last year’s championship was lost due to a “3 pointer” in the final seconds of the game, a major disappointment.

So how did they get back to the Runoffs again this season and be favored to win the championship Sunday? A Team Effort!

By working hard all year and sharing the ball during games, working together … a team effort with no “one player” trying to do it all; such as the Heat’s star LeBron James. The game announcers expressed utter disbelief and said they were “shocked” at the Spurs performance (which duplicated the previous game’s scores); usually 20 points ahead most of the time. The NBA championship trophy is on the line for Sunday’s game in San Antonio, their home court.

“Heats” Coach Erik Spoelstra said: “I don’t think any of us were expecting this kind of [Spurs] performance!”

What can we take from this for our Texas battle with the animal “rights” extremists? It takes a team and RPOA encompasses at least 6,000 or 7,000 Texas animal owners thru all our clubs’ and animal groups’ connections. And we have the truth on our side! We can do this at the 2015 Texas State Legislature but not without your help. Game on!

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THANK YOU TO: Fort Bend Kennel Club for their $1,000 donation; Faith City Kennel Club for $500 and Fort Worth Basset Hound Club of Greater Fort Worth for $75 contributions, in addition to $560 in anonymous individual donations, to help defray costs associated with the recent Texas Republican Party Convention. This was the largest GOP Convention in the U.S. We’ll also have a booth reserved at the Democratic Party Texas Convention June 26, 27 and 28th in Dallas. (More later on this!)

Our appreciation to the volunteers below who staffed the booth as we couldn’t have done it without them! Jolene Davis, Martin Kralik, Jonathan Elledge, Rita Rice and “Barnabus,” Elizabeth Lane, Stephanie Gladney and Carol Houlihan. “Barnabus” is a gorgeous laid back AKC Grand Champion Borzoi. and served us well at the booth; demonstrating to the public what responsible breeding and ownership is all about!

We’re told many of the delegates agreed with our issues and if we’d had our bill to “repeal and replace” HB 1451 filed already, the delegates would have taken it to the floor to try to add to the Republican Platform.

We expect the same enthusiastic reception to our booth at the Democratic Party State Convention because pet ownership is a topic dear to the hearts of a majority of delegates, elected officials, and legislators everywhere.

In addition to our regular flyers, American Kennel Club has two excellent flyers we distributed: “Where did all the Dogs Go?” (pictures an empty collar and leash) and “Can You Imagine a World Without Dogs?” AKC warns not to think that legislation won’t affect you and to be careful so you don’t donate to animal “rights” organizations.

Everyone said the booth was fun and certainly proved to be productive for our “Countdown Campaign for the Legislature” in January. They were able to talk to Republican Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and personally handed him our flyer on HB 1451, the misnamed “Puppy Mill Bill.” We intend to get HB 1451 revised and administration moved to be under the Agriculture Department instead of the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation. So the elections for Ag Commissioner and Lt. Governor this year are very important for us. Please vote!

RPOA took a chance with both Conventions as we definitely can’t “afford” to do this. We barely eke out our daily existence so this is a “test.” RPOA is only as strong as our membership! One RPOA E-News subscriber emailed us: “I may not be there, but I’m with you all the way. These animal rights extremists have gone too far. Sock it to ’em, RPOA!”

With an empty sock, that’s impossible! Booth Expenses were:

$1,500 Booth 10X10 space.

$154.65 Two extra chairs (4 Total).

$1,262 Color Flyer Copies (have almost enough for both conventions).

$100 Badges for extra Booth Staff.

$43.63 Postage Shipping RPOA T-Shirts for booth staffers. Total: $3,060.28

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June 5, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

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Two winners in recent Republican Primary Runoff Elections voted “NO” to the HSUS/THLN misnamed “Puppy Mill Bill” in 2011! Congrats to: former Rep. Sid Miller, candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, and Senator Ken Paxton, candidate for Attorney General!

“Texas Humane Legislation Network” endorsed their opponents: Rep. Dan Branch for Attorney General and Tommy Merritt as Agriculture Commissioner who lost, which bodes well for future Texas animal welfare issues.

BRANCH VS PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: http://tinyurl.com/prap3tb THLN issued a Scorecard for the two Republican Candidates for Texas Attorney General (Rep. Dan Branch from Dallas and Senator Ken Paxton from McKinney) and stated that this office is responsible for interpreting and sometimes enforcing Texas animal laws.

THLN STATED: “Branch co-authored the Puppy Mill Bill (HB 1451) for ‘commercial’ breeders which took two legislative sessions to get passed.”

Senator Paxton VOTED “NO” to the HSUS anti-pet 2011 breeder bill!

Branch voted “FOR” the THLN Civil Seizure Bill (HB 963) in 2011 which THLN says “allows law enforcement and animal control officers to seize cruelly treated animals and remove them from their abusers.” In spite of our opposition, the bill passed and made the cost of an appeal impossible for animal owners; thereby ensuring that the “humane” organizations would get ownership of the seized animals. Paxton voted AGAINST the Civil Seizure Bill (HB 963). THLN was responsible for past legislation removing the right of appeal completely, which we succeeding in restoring during a later session. But now that’s in doubt due to the high cost of appeals.

MERRITT VS SID MILLER FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: http://tinyurl.com/qj9kynx THLN endorsed former Rep. Tommy Merritt for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, who ran against former Rep. Sid Miller. Sid Miller is described by THLN as “a nurseryman and rancher from Stephenville, TX, and self proclaimed calf-roping champion and livestock enthusiast; has a past voting record that speaks for itself.” From reading the THLN website list, apparently Miller has been a THLN opponent at each Legislative Session since 2003. (See THLN link for more info!) Former Rep. Sid Miller voted “NO” AGAINST HB 1451.

If you didn’t go to the links previously, you should do so now and you’ll see “That’s what we’re talking about!” It’s time for reasonable voices to take back animal issues in the state of Texas. Vote in the General Elections! Your vote counts — just as it did in the runoffs. Job well done..

 

June 3, 2014

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As previously announced, RPOA has launched our “Countdown to June 2015 Campaign!” (when the Texas State Legislature adjourns) — a battle between Animal “Welfare” and Animal “Rights” in our state. We hope you’ll join us! It’s impossible to be neutral because the extremists will win should you choose that route.

Texas, our Texas! http://youtu.be/OQjsUvy3sXU Take a few moments to watch this beautiful tribute to our state. Then consider whether we’ll allow Texas to change and become just another “California.” That is where we’re headed with Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), THLN (the HSUS state affiliate), PETA, ASPCA and friends working 24/7/365 in Texas to end all interaction with animals, whether you eat them, wear them or pet them.

All eyes are on Texas to see if we can save our state from the insidious evil national legislative agenda that succeeded in getting a “Puppy Mill” bill passed here in 2011 under false pretenses, after failure in the previous session. HB 1451 doesn’t even contain the word “commercial!”

Happy to report: RPOA has been “outed!” Some animal “rights” email lists have spread the word that RPOA has a booth (#144) at the Republican State Convention this week and “may” have one at the Democratic State Convention later in the month! THLN has purchased a booth (#430) at the Republican Convention also.

Please support RPOA, your state federation, vocally and financially!

May 23, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach May 23, 2014

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Please vote! If you didn’t vote in the Primary Election, you can still vote in the Runoff Election May 27th. The runoffs will be close and every vote will count.

There’s much to-do at the state and federal level about IRS 501 (C)4 Nonprofits in the news right now regarding so-called “dark money” that is supporting candidates this election cycle.

For years IRS has stated Nonprofit C3’s and C4’s can not support candidates. We can lobby on “issues” but not support candidates. That requires a PAC.

HSUS and their Texas affiliate Texas Humane Legislation Network seem to have no fear of IRS — perhaps because Lois Lerner is believed to be an HSUS member.

RPOA has many enemies among the Animal Rights Brigade (some lurking on this List), so until the “dark money” matter is resolved, we choose to remain cautious and simply urge our members to vote for the candidate of their choice. By now, you should know the good and bad legislators from past legislative sessions.

Texas Humane Legislation Network has made the endorsements below. Draw your own conclusions as to which candidates support animal “welfare” and which support animal “rights.”

http://tinyurl.com/prap3tb

THLN issues Animal Welfare Scorecard for two Republican Candidates for Texas Attorney General

AND

http://tinyurl.com/qj9kynx THLN endorses Tommy Merritt for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in Republican Primary Runoff

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May 15, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

RPOA is the “reasonable” voice regarding Texas animal issues. To Stay Informed: Subscribe to this announcement-only list by e-mailing a blank message to: TX_RPOA_E-News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com It’s easy!

After 14 years of litigation, Feld Entertainment (Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey Circus) has been vindicated and all court costs paid. The Court had previously ruled that the HSUS, et al, lawsuit regarding the Asian Elephants was “frivolous, vexatious, and groundless and unreasonable from its inception.” More legal information at the link below.

The animal rights groups and their lawyers had paid over $190,000 to a former circus employee, Tom Rider, to be a “paid plaintiff” and then “sought to conceal the nature, extent and purpose of the payments.”

ASPCA paid a $9.3 settlement to Feld Entertainment in December 2012. Now plaintiffs below have paid Feld Entertainment for a total of more than $25 million: Humane Society of the US, Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Born Free USA (formerly Animal Protection Institue with Texas ties — the Trimbles of Texas Humane Legislation Network fame), and Wildlife Advocacy Project.

http://www.ringlingbrostrialinfo.com/

This reminds RPOA of the 2009 Arlington, Texas seizure of more than 26,000 animals owned by U.S. Global Exotics. Global’s former employee Howard Goldman had admitted under oath that he was operating without a license as a private investigator on behalf of PETA during his 7 months of employment, a violation of state law. The employee was accused of intentionally neglecting the animals. If you’re an animal owner in Texas today, you should be very paranoid. It’s time to say “No More!”

RPOA has emailed this article to many Texas media contacts and asked that they cover this story. Ask your local media to do the same. It’s time donors to these groups know where their contributions go!

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May 12, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach May 12, 2014 RPOA is the “reasonable” voice regarding Texas animal issues. To Stay Informed: Subscribe to this announcement-only list by e-mailing a blank message to: TX_RPOA_E-News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com It’s easy and your animals will be glad you did!

Our “Thank You” to donors below for last week’s contributions was delayed due to “real life” getting in the way. BUT a few words before we go there: RPOA stays informed on all animal issues by networking with other state federations and national animal organizations personally or through e-mail lists, which is very time consuming but necessary to be effective. We all learn from each other.

It is impossible to forward all these alarming messages to our E-News List. Overly restrictive legislation to eliminate animal ownership is either being proposed or has already passed and being enforced in most states regarding breeders, rescuers, and pet shops, etc. The progress made by HSUS in the legislative halls of this country in recent years is frightening to those of us who truly love animals.

RPOA focuses on Texas animal issues primarily unless a federal issue arises like the recent USDA/APHIS regulation, which was also instigated by HSUS. It is imperative that HSUS be exposed for what it truly is! Certainly not a “stakeholder” in any sense of the word. Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) proudly proclaims their association with HSUS and ASPCA.

THLN was mainstream animal welfare many years ago, but there was a takeover by the more radical animal “rights” board members in January 1994, that included James Bias, of SPCA of Texas fame now and formerly with San Antonio Humane Society. (President Martha Cox was “evicted” to quote one ex-THLN member.) Louis D. Marks, Jr, Cile Holloway, Pam Burney, Sean Hawkins, Patti Mercer, Karen Medicus, Kappy Muenzer, Dalton Byerly, Patt Davis, Toni DeStefano, Peg Henley, Laura Kobler, Diane Short were other THLN board members’ names at the time that you may recognize. We’ll report more on THLN’s legislative history at a later date.

This 2015 Session, we have an opportunity to send HSUS packing, but it will take every one of you and many others to do it. We’re working up Fact Sheets which will be published at a later date and will be seeking support from all Texas animal interests. Together we can do it if we put aside our differences and work together!

It took HSUS, ASPCA and THLN at least five years to get their misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill, HB 1451, passed in Texas. We killed it in 2009 with the help of Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). We’re going back this Session to get HB 1451 “repealed and replaced” with our own bill.

HB 1451 was the “camel’s nose under the tent” for the radical extremists in Texas, who now have Farmers, Ranchers, Hunters, Sea World, Exotics (private ownership or at the Zoo), Horse Drawn Carriages, Pet Shops, Rescuers, Hoarders, and ALL other animal owners in their crosshairs. One by one, until there are none!

RPOA is only as strong as our membership so we hope you’ll spread the message far and wide to join our efforts … before it’s too late. We’re all fighting for a common goal: “Saving our animals from the animal rights extremists.”

RPOA Texas Outreach, our IRS 501 C4 Nonprofit “Legislative Fund” Bank Balance: $25,190.29. HSUS Annual Budget: $150 Million. Donations last week: *

$5,000 previously reported from Dallas-Ft Worth Golden Retriever Club.

Individuals below identified by area only due to harassment from radical “animal rights” extremists, who now work in conjunction with Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation and local animal control divisions to harass animal owners even more! Texas donors:

* $100 from Hockley.

Recurring monthly PayPal donations:

* $25 from Corpus Christi and

* $20 from Waxahachie. Recurring bank donations:

* $10 from Boerne and

* $20 from Austin.

All donors receive an acknowledgment, including our bumper sticker: “Don’t Mess With Texas Pets!” Monthly recurring donors receive a free RPOA T-Shirt each year. Let us know if you haven’t received yours and the size needed.

 

May 9, 2014

Texas Update: The Rains County deputy who shot “Candy,” Cole Middleton’s farm dog, after responding to a burglary call on April 18 has now been indicted on animal cruelty charges. He’s been charged with a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars.

See the link below for the rest of the story. http://www.kltv.com/story/25476446/former-rains-co-deputy-indicted-on-animal-cruelty-charge-after-shooting-dog OR http://tinyurl.com/kc6qflu

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May 3, 2014

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“Thank You” to donors below for their contributions during the past week,
which make all things possible. Fewer donations make many things
“impossible!”

Donations received for RPOA Texas Outreach, our IRS 501 C4
Nonprofit “Legislative Fund this week:”

* $25 monthly recurring PayPal donation from Corpus Christi.(Identified by
area only due to harassment from radical
“animal rights” extremists, who now work in conjunction with Texas
Department of Licensing & Regulation and local animal control divisions to
harass animal owners even more!)

RPOA Outreach “Legislative Fund” Bank Balance: $20,035.29.
HSUS Annual Budget: $150 Million.

All donors receive an
acknowledgment, including our bumper sticker: “Don’t Mess With Texas Pets!”
Monthly recurring donors receive a free RPOA T-Shirt each year. Let us know
if you haven’t received yours and the size needed.

HEADS UP!
Word has come in regarding animal ordinances in several Texas cities:

KENDALL COUNTY: Boerne Star said the county is looking at their animal
ordinance and forming a committee or Task Force of various people, including
a representative from an animal “welfare” group.

LEAGUE CITY: (Unable to read article at URL due to subscribers only). But
subject was “League City, TX, wants to make city “unwelcoming for pit bull
owners.” A toddler was attacked by a so-called “pit bull.” Texas State
Law prohibits breed specific legislation. Anyone with more information,
please contact us.

WICHITA FALLS: New animal ordinance went into effect May 1st per
information RPOA received. Reportedly includes a $50 Litter Permit and a
$100 Seller Permit per litter. Stud Permit to stud males $50. All
residents should get a copy of this new ordinance which sounds like a San
Antonio copy cat.

HOUSTON: Ordinance passed but we haven’t received the final copy to date.
Animal owners in Houston should obtain a copy from the city.

 

May 2, 2014

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Hot Topic in Texas news this week is so-called “dark money” donated to candidates in Texas Elections from IRS C4 Nonprofit Organizations. It is reminiscent of media misrepresention of “puppy mills” and ALL “dog and cat breeder” issues by confusing IRS PAC Funds and C4 Nonprofit Organization donors.

Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill last Legislative Session requiring IRS C4 Nonprofit Organizations to disclose donors. round for the bill next Session. Other nonprofit groups besides RPOA claim the disclosures will destroy their donor base. So we’re not alone.

Rep. Byron Cook, Chairman of the House Committee on State Affairs, (who supports the C4 donors disclosure) held a House Committee Meeting yesterday, May 1st, with invited testimony only for the purpose of “making recommendations for the political process to be more transparent.” RPOA Texas Outreach faxed the letter below to all 13 committee members and asked that it be entered into the record, but that hasn’t been confirmed and there’s no guarantee.

This is a very important issue for RPOA Texas Outreach because of the reasons in our letter below. Please educate your personal state legislators on this matter. Keep our animals out of politics … please! To find your personal legislators, go to: www.capitol.state.tx.us and enter your address in the search box.

ON OUR LETTERHEAD: To: House Committee on State Affairs, Texas Legislature RE: Interim Charge: Study Title 15 Election Code which regulates political funds and campaigns

Chairman Byron Cook and Committee Members, We request that this letter be read into the committee record. Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach is opposed to any new state regulation that mandates our Donors’ List be made public. Our donors would be subjected to heavy harassment from radical animal “rights” activists, whom we oppose every Legislative Session in their attempt to regulate all animal use out of existence — whether you eat them, wear them, or pet them. Pet ownership is our concern. The media is blurring the lines on IRS PACS and C4 Nonprofit Organizations, two very different organizations.

* As an IRS C4 Nonprofit Organization, we file Tax Returns each year and are required to name all $5,000 donors (and up), which is not public information, but IRS knows of these donors and monitors nonprofits closely. This is not “dark money” as portrayed by the media.

* We can not endorse, oppose, or make contributions to any candidates for public office under existing IRS regulations. * We can “lobby” to present statistics, facts and reasonable alternatives regarding our positions on animal related legislation at all levels of government.

* If “Empower Texans” has been “electioneering” regarding candidates as an IRS C4 Nonprofit Organization, Sullivan has already violated IRS regulations and could lose his federal tax exempt designation.

* IRS recently issued initial guidance with clear-cut definitions for tax exemption of social welfare organizations (C4 nonprofits) which have existed for many years. http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2225.aspx

* Another excellent reference is “The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations.”

http://www.bolderadvocacy.org/wp-

content/uploads/2012/01/The_Connection.pdf

We appreciate the opportunity to address this committee.

Sincerely, Mary Beth Duerler Executive Director Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

April 25, 2014

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RPOA received two emails criticizing our Action Alert yesterday, feeling
that the Australian Cattle Dog owner was to blame for the deputy shooting
his farm dog by not keeping his dog confined.

RPOA has a very diverse membership and an overall perspective on the
historic use of animals, so we may not all agree at all times. “Working”
dogs have a job to do on the farm and are not kenneled at all times. Yes,
city pets should be on a lease or confined to their fenced yard. But
working farm dogs have a job to do!

Tiny Url: http://tinyurl.com/lj34uvm
Rains County deputy who shot dog terminated on Thursday.

After having viewed yesterday’s video, it was obvious this was rural
territory and the “working farm dog” was shot by the deputy when it could
have been avoided by using common sense. Usual protocol in the country is
to honk your horn to let the property owner know you are there before
stepping out of your vehicle!

There are two videos at the link above: Yesterday’s video and a new video.
The devastated owner of the Australian Cattle Dog said he had trained his
young dog … was a “natural cow dog.” There’s more at the link.

The incident has resulted in the sheriff setting new policy in place
regarding training for confrontation with “aggressive” dogs: 1) To call
the property owner on the phone before getting out of the car or 2) Honk
their horn! Sorta what RPOA said.

The deputy was suspended Wednesday and fired Thursday. The Texas Rangers
have been asked to assist with a criminal investigation. In the meantime,
the heartbroken dog owner is burying his best buddy and co-worker. There is
no happy ending for anyone in this fiasco.

April 24, 2014

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RPOA received the information below from Martin Kralik, our RPOA Dallas
Chapter Chairman. This incident could have been avoided if the deputy had
simply stayed in his vehicle and honked his horn. This is a rural area.

View Video and Article at:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/04/23/texas-farmer-calls-police-to-report-a-break-in-when-a-deputy-arrived-hours-later-his-nightmare-began/
OR Tiny URL
http://tinyurl.com/mufj6lh
Please watch the videos – they are very telling. The incident is under
investigation and when I called, all inquiries are directed to:
Sheriff David Traylor
Rains County Jail
P. O. Box 398
Emory, TX 75440
Phone: 903-473-5000 ext 280

This by all appearances is a clear case that this deputy should have never
been in this position of authority given his statements on video of previous
dog encounters and fear of getting bitten and/or he was NEVER trained or
poorly trained. NO ONE like this should ever be given a position of public
or private authority!!!

He obviously should have been ‘retrained’ that ALL DOGS BARK AND COME TOWARD
YOU WHEN YOU ENTER THEIR environment.
He claims to have been threatened, ON THE FARMERS PROPERTY, however the dog
was shot in the BACK of the head (see Vet report).
This is an OUTRAGE!!!
I would hope that this deputy will be fired and the county held responsible
for losses to the farmer.
THANKS,
Martin Kralik

 

April 22, 2014

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FYI: Animal Legal Defense Fund is a national “animal rights”
organization of attorneys, including attorney “Skip” (Robert) Trimble with Texas Humane Legislation Network THLN), and other THLN attorney members of the Texas State Bar’s Animal Law Section.

For ALDF, “animal law” is synonymous with attempts to gain legal
standing for animals (equal to humans), to allow animals to sue veterinarians and their owners, to do away with animal “ownership” and turn animals
into legal persons, and ultimately have the law declare that humans and animals are equals.

RPOA will never understand how intelligent attorneys can support this radical agenda, and throw pet ownership under the bus. For $$$?

ALDF’s Tom Linney is a University of Texas School of Law graduate. While in
law school, Linney helped establish the school’s first Student Animal Legal
Defense Fund Chapter, got an animal law class added to curriculum, served as
legislative intern for Texas Humane Legislation Network drafting legislation, worked for the Texas Legislative Council, in addition to serving many elected officials and a federal agency. Linney was instrumental in getting an anti-pet “animal rights” ordinance passedin El Paso, which RPOA opposed to no avail.

Yolanda Eisenstein (below) has THLN connections also … oh, what a web the
“animal rights” attorneys weave in Texas!

 

April 21, 2014

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RPOA’s concerns are for all animal owners in Texas, not only dog and cat breeders. We’re receiving reports of “investigations” and intimidation of
animal owners by SPCA of Texas (Dallas) and SPCA of Houston. Be advised
humane societies and SPCAs in Texas have no police powers nor legal
authority to enter your property without a Search Warrant or permission. Their actions reflect badly on the state of Texas and word travels quickly
via the Internet.

Furthermore, unless dog and cat breeders are licensed, Texas Department of
Licensing & Regulation can NOT enter private property without a Search
Warrant or permission. Nor can any city or animal control officers.

Read the link below for the entire article about a New Jersey incident:
http://tinyurl.com/kq6e4yr
“Inhumane Society: Armed SPCA agents handcuff 84-year-old animal lover”
By Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger,
updated April 19, 2014

When actor Jim Carrey played the title role in the movie “Ace Ventura:
Pet Detective,” people all over America yukked it up at the idea of a
wannabe cop running around investigating animals.

That’s a joke in most of America. Here in New Jersey, it’s not so funny.
Theresa “Tee” Carlson found that out in January when two armed officers of
the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrived at
the humane shelter she was running in Hunterdon County.

“They put me in handcuffs and they took me to a police station where I
sat in a cell for several hours,” the 84-year-old Carlson told me last
week when I met her at the office of her attorney. “I was treated like
acommon criminal.”

That’s not my language. Those terms come from a 2000 report by the State
Commission of Investigation on what were then 17 SPCA chapters around the
state. The SPCAs are private groups that “are accountable to no
governmental authority” the report stated. For the rest of the article,
see: http://tinyurl.com/kq6e4yr

 

April 18, 2014

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HSUS pressures for cage-free eggs as a first step to get rid of the egg industry entirely “by its own admission.” For the excellent article from
Humane Watch, go to this link as there are many other supportive links that
lose format in e-mail:
http://www.humanewatch.org/egg-lawsuit-fingers-hsus-mafia-tactics/
So what happened when some egg farmers went along and gave their chickens
more space a few years ago? HSUS complained to Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission, and some food retailers sued the farmers for price
fixing after raising prices!

This clearly demonstrates the reason we failed to kill HB 1451 (the misnamed
Puppy Mill Bill) at the last Texas Legislative Session. There were at least
4-5 independent animal groups who did not support RPOA’s position and
actually believed they could sit down at the table and negotiate with HSUS!
The result was disastrous and now our new “Puppy Mill” State Law doesn’t
even include the word “commercial.” A major coup in Texas for HSUS!

HB 1451 remains as the “tool” used by the Texas Animal Rights Brigade and
Texas Department of Licensing & Regularion to harass ALL Texas dog and cat
breeders by seeking warrantless entry into their homes to count dog/cat sex
organs and offspring! Your word isn’t good enough.
There are many parallels between California’s egg farmers and pet breeders
with the misnamed HSUS “Puppy Mill” Laws. Let’s learn from history not to
repeat that mistake. RPOA is writing our own truly “Commercial” Dog & Cat
Breeder Bill and will ask for your support at the appropriate time.

Cartoon from Humane Watch link:
HSUS says to farmer: “Nice farm you got here. I would hate to see it in
some undercover video that gets spliced up and sent to the media.”

April 10. 2014

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The Animal Rights Brigade uses our state legislature in Texas to get animal laws passed and then set themselves up as vigilante enforcement teams. They’ve done this for years in other states. California, Florida and Pennsylvania come to mind. But their focus is now on Texas since many other
states are already in the HSUS hip pocket. Texas is really a coup if they can pull it off. Should these extremist groups show up at your door, tell them to buzz off! Let’s take back Texas animal issues!

An RPOA member sent us this link below and said he heard a radio advertisement by SPCA of Texas asking people not to buy puppies at stores because they come from “puppy mills!”
http://www.spca.org/page.aspx?pid=636

SPCA wants you to come buy your puppies from them, not a breeder! This link is not for the radio station ad, but is the SPCA of Texas website itself, where they say they will enforce the new Dog & Cat Breeder Law in Texas! They urge you to go to the link on their website to report breeders to the SPCA.The crime is simply breeding dogs and cats now, but they’ll get to the other species in due time. SPCA says never buy from a breeder as they’re just selling puppies for a profit! Pray tell, don’t animal shelters sell animals for a profit? Don’t veterinarians make a profit? Feed stores? What is James Bias’ salary as executive director of SPCA of Texas? Surely he doesn’t volunteer his expertise.

The mission of humane societies in all the larger Texas cities has changed over recent years and they now work hand-in-hand with Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN, the HSUS affiliate in Texas) to end all use, breeding and sales of animals. If their donors only knew! Before you donate to your local animal shelter, ask questions! Are they at the Legislature each session with THLN? Do they “enforce” animal laws? Or what do they actually do?
RPOA used to urge donors to make contributions to their local humane societies instead of HSUS, but we’re now re-thinking that statement.
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April 6, 2014
[TX_RPOA_E-News] Texas Regulatory Meetings held for Dog & Cat Breeders

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During the month of March, Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) held a series of regional, face-to-face sessions in McAllen, Lubbock, Dallas, Houston, and Austin entitled “Your Voice Matters.”  TDLR asked four questions:  1)  What are we doing well?  2)  What can we do better?  3)  What changes would you make to TDLR if you were king or queen for a day?  4)  Over the next 5 years, what major changes will affect the way you do business and the services we provide?

TDLR Director Bill Kuntz encouraged RPOA to have our folks organized and present at these meetings for our input regarding the Texas Dog & Cat Breeder Law because “the opposition certainly will do so.”  Be aware that HB 1451 bill had the “commercial” word removed by Sponsor Rep. Senfronia Thompson before passage, which should tell you something!

RPOA had a representative at all meetings except the McAllen Session to get our input on the record and that one absence was due to a conflict with work.

Anne Humphreys, RPOA Chapter Chairman, represented us at the TDLR Lubbock Meeting and was the only person to show up, period, regarding any issue!  Anne presented our positions and was assured her comments would be collated from all the meetings before being presented to “whomever.”

Claudia Leffler reported that there were only 4 people attending the Houston TDLR Meeting other than herself and she was the only person speaking on the Licensed Breeder issue.  Claudia presented our RPOA letter; was assured it would be included in their report; and she expanded on our talking points for the 4 questions.  Claudia mentioned that it seemed the animal “activists” were influencing their decisions but that was not added to the official record.  However her other commments were acknowledged.

George Armstrong, RPOA Chapter Chairman, represented us at the Austin TDLR Meeting but was outnumbered by Texas Humane Legislation Network members, as we expected.  The speaker following George was opposed to moving the Licensed Breeder Program under Texas Department of Agriculture.  She complained that she had turned in a breeder and nothing was done!  (Maybe the breeder wasn’t required to be licensed, but this seems to be lost in the conversation now!)

When asked what TDLR can do if refused entrance to a facility, they replied, “Nothing.”  (TDLR seems to speak out of both sides of their mouth because they have been doing plenty to harass breeders!)

Martin Kralik and Rita Rice attended the Dallas TDLR Meeting representing the RPOA Chapter there.  They reported that approx. 16 commercial breeders were in attendance from Steve Epperson’s commercial breeders’ organization; 2 show/hobby breeders; and Cile Holloway with Texas Humane Legislation Network (the HSUS affiliate in Texas).

The commercial licensed breeders said they want every breeder in Texas licensed, even for selling one pup/kitten, because they themselves must be licensed!  They all wanted to keep the Licensed Breeders program under TDLR, while Martin asked that it be moved under Texas Department of Agriculture.

Unfortunately, it appears that the “real” commercial breeders group is supporting THLN instead of RPOA, and joined with Cile Holloway (THLN) wanting more funding for better enforcement, inspections, and quicker reaction to complaints.  The commercial breeders with Epperson’s group hired their own lobbyist last Legislative Session and did not support RPOA.

Cile Holloway (THLN) wants expedited “investigations” and is “happy” that TDLR is conducting Animal Cruelty Training.  We must ask “who” is conducting this training?  HSUS?

Martin asked why the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee is the only “trade” committee NOT composed of its peers?  Director Bill Kuntz replied that “the legislators required that anti-breeders be on the committee.”  His words.  This is definitely true as the problem lies with the statute itself, which TDLR cannot change.  TDLR can expand upon bill language with rules, but not do less than stated in statute.  HB 1451 must be “repealed and replaced” with reasonable regulations that truly address “commercial” breeders!

The Texas Dog & Cat Licensed Breeders Bill is the HSUS template being floated in every state and not a legislative response to any “need” in Texas.  It was passed under false pretenses.

All of you owe our representatives mentioned above appreciation for standing up for “your” animals this month.  RPOA certainly appreciates them and says “Thank You!” for doing a fantastic job!    ………………………………………….

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April 3, 2013

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receive our emails, you don’t know what HSUS is “up to” in Texas!
Plenty!

RPOA Texas Outreach has been laying the groundwork for the upcoming (mid-January) Texas Legislative Session ever since the last Session
adjourned. Among other things, we’ve been monitoring the enforcement of HB
1451, the HSUS “Pet Elimination Bill,” which was predicted to license
1,000 Texas dog and cat breeders. Per the state’s website: Only 152 have been
licensed with 6 licenses expired = 146 Licensed Breeders in Texas to date.
The Legislature is the cheapest and most effective way to get this new Texas
Law repealed and replaced; that is, if the state feels they must have
unnecessary regulation. Texas has one of the strongest animal cruelty laws
in the U.S. HB 1451 is a total failure just as the Tennessee “Puppy
Mill” Law reported below. There’s no way the Texas law is self supporting as
required by statute. Be educating your personal legislators and we’ll be
posting Fact Sheets later to be used. It will be a lengthy process. Our
Texas law has no Sunset Clause.

Tennessee “Puppy Mill” Law was a Failure, and is now dead:

http://tnpetlawnews.blogspot.com/2014/04/good-ol-boys-not-so-fast.html

A bill was introduced that would have removed the sunset provision and made
the law permanent. However, the commercial breeder law, established in
2009, was nearly $1 million over budget. The law was based on figures from
HSUS that said the state would sign up 500 breeders by 2014. The state
signed up 20 breeders and was a complete failure. It would have been
incalculably irresponsible for legislators to allow the program to continue
when it was based on inaccurate fiscal data from HSUS and losing $300,000
per year …

(More at link above!)

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March 28, 2014

Action Alert!

Texas Unlicensed and Licensed Dog and Cat Breeders

All reference to “commercial” breeders was removed from HB 1451 before passage by sponsor Rep. Senfronia Thompson.  It’s simply “dog and cat breeders,” which proves HSUS isn’t thru with Texas yet.

Instead of Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) having to prove certain breeders must be licensed, ALL dog and cat breeders are being harassed by TDLR Inspectors knocking on their doors, wanting to check animals, kennels, mailing out return forms seeking personal information, etc.  Breeders have to prove they do NOT need to be licensed!  One cat breeder recently had to hire an attorney to stop the harassment as she wasn’t required to be licensed and didn’t want TDLR inspecting her home.

TDLR has no right to enter private homes without permission or a Search Warrant.

TDLR is holding the last of their regional, face-to-face strategic planning sessions Monday, March 31, in Austin, and claim these open, interactive sessions will help shape their vision and chart the course for TDLR’s future.  They say:  “This is your opportunity to let us hear your ideas with no filters.  Join us at Wyndham Garden Hotel, Executive Learning Center & Guadalupe/ Barton Creek Rooms, 3401 South IH-35, in Austin.”

* 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – For Auctioneers, Combative Sports, Legal Service Contracts, Licensed Breeders, Polygraph Examiners, Professional Employer Organizations, Property Tax Consultants, Property Tax Professionals, Service Contract Providers, Vehicle Protection Product Warrantors, Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers, and Weather Modification.

RPOA’s Talking Points:

*  Move the Licensed Breeder Program administration under Texas Department of Agriculture, where there’s extensive animal expertise instead of  under TDLR.

*  Abolish Breeder Advisory Committee as they did in Oklahoma.  It is stacked anti-breeder.

*  No “Breeder Bounty,” no anonymous complaints which TDLR must investigate by law.

RPOA realizes we need to change the law itself at the next Legislative Session, so be prepared.  It’ll be a rough ride.

We appreciate our RPOA Chapter Chairmen representing us in Lubbock, Dallas and Houston to date at TDLR Meetings.  We’ll have a full report after Monday’s Meeting, which completes the five meeting tour held statewide for public input.

Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), the HSUS AFFILIATE in Texas, is rallying the troops to attend the Austin Meeting Monday also.  To the Animal Rights Brigade EVERY dog and cat breeder is a “puppy mill” and must be eliminated.  Some of the THLN Talking Points are:

*  Ask TDLR for more personnel and money to support the program.

*  Unnanounced enforcement and inspections so facilities have no forewarning to clean up or remove animals from premises.

*  Increased outreach by TDLR to the public in identifying “puppy mills.”

*  Use local animal control officers and humane investigators to help identify unlicensed activity.

*  Ask TDLR “Under what circumstances can TDLR enter a breeder’s property to determine if a license is needed?”

*  Ask TDLR “What legal process must TDLR follow if a breeder refused access to their property?”

So there you are, what fanatics!  Let RPOA know if you’ll be attending

Monday’s TDLR Meeting.   If you cannot attend:  Email TDLR your ideas and

comments at: imagine@tdlr.texas.gov and they’ll include them in the discussion, or so they say…..

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March 29, 2014

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FBI Report to Congress on the Extent and Effects of Domestic and International Terrorism on Animal Enterprises, (Sept. 2, 1993):

“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.  All extremist animal rights groups are believed to be associated with each other by leadership, membership, or both.”

Thanks to all of you for your feedback in these difficult times.  Please let us hear from you.  One breeder who is NOT required to be licensed in Texas wrote us:

“It’s really sad to live in fear that these terrorists will show up at any time.  I fear them more than the Taliban, and that just isn’t right for American citizens to fear home grown terrorist groups more than those that we should really fear.”

Another breeder:  “A couple months ago TDLR investigators showed up at my door, started taking pictures through my front window and door of my home.”  HSUS, ASPCA and Texas Humane Legislation Network are filing complaints against ALL Texas breeders, which automatically triggers an “investigation” by TDLR per statute.

Since when did dog and cat breeders become criminals?  Since when did government agencies become extensions of HSUS and other extremist groups?

In case you weren’t around then, RPOA defeated the HSUS misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill in 2009 and we can do it again in 2015.  But only with your help!  “Repeal and Replace!”

Thanks to donors below for their contributions during the past week, which make all things possible.

CLUBS:

$400 from Guadalupe Valley Dog Fanciers

INDIVIDUALS:

$100 from Rita Rice in Fort Worth, a brave individual who gave permission to print her name.  She also attended the Dallas TDLR Meeting with Martin Kralik for RPOA.

OTHER INDIVIDUALS:  $50  Anonymous.  “DO NOT publish my name or city on any list donating money.  Do not want anyone knowing I exist.”

DONATIONS identified by area only due to radical animal “rights” harassment):
$50 Dallas, TX

$100 No City, TX

All donors receive an acknowledgment, including our bumper sticker:  “Don’t
Mess With Texas Pets!”
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March 28, 2014

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Action Alert!
Texas Unlicensed and Licensed Dog and Cat Breeders

All reference to “commercial” breeders was removed from HB 1451 before
passage by sponsor Rep. Senfronia Thompson. It’s simply “dog and cat
breeders,” which proves HSUS isn’t thru with Texas yet.

Instead of Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) having to prove
certain breeders must be licensed, ALL dog and cat breeders are being
harassed by TDLR Inspectors knocking on their doors, wanting to check
animals, kennels, mailing out return forms seeking personal information,
etc. Breeders have to prove they do NOT need to be licensed! One cat
breeder recently had to hire an attorney to stop the harassment as she
wasn’t required to be licensed and didn’t want TDLR inspecting her home.
TDLR has no right to enter private homes without permission or a Search
Warrant.

TDLR is holding the last of their regional, face-to-face strategic planning
sessions Monday, March 31, in Austin, and claim these open, interactive
sessions will help shape their vision and chart the course for TDLR’s
future. They say: “This is your opportunity to let us hear your ideas with
no filters. Join us at
Wyndham Garden Hotel, Executive Learning Center & Guadalupe/ Barton Creek
Rooms, 3401 South IH-35, in Austin.”

* 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – For Auctioneers, Combative Sports, Legal Service
Contracts, Licensed Breeders, Polygraph Examiners, Professional Employer
Organizations, Property Tax Consultants, Property Tax Professionals, Service
Contract Providers, Vehicle Protection Product Warrantors, Water Well
Drillers and Pump Installers, and Weather Modification.

RPOA’s Talking Points:
* Move the Licensed Breeder Program administration under Texas Department
of Agriculture, where there’s extensive animal expertise instead of under
TDLR.

* Abolish Breeder Advisory Committee as they did in Oklahoma. It is
stacked anti-breeder.

* No “Breeder Bounty,” no anonymous complaints which TDLR must investigate
by law.

RPOA realizes we need to change the law itself at the next Legislative
Session, so be prepared. It’ll be a rough ride.

We appreciate our RPOA Chapter Chairmen representing us in Lubbock, Dallas
and Houston to date at TDLR Meetings. We’ll have a full report after
Monday’s Meeting, which completes the five meeting tour held statewide for
public input.

Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), the HSUS AFFILIATE in Texas, is
rallying the troops to attend the Austin Meeting Monday also. To the Animal
Rights Brigade EVERY dog and cat breeder is a “puppy mill” and must be
eliminated. Some of the THLN Talking Points are:
* Ask TDLR for more personnel and money to support the program.
* Unnanounced enforcement and inspections so facilities have no forewarning
to clean up or remove animals from premises.
* Increased outreach by TDLR to the public in identifying “puppy mills.”
* Use local animal control officers and humane investigators to help
identify unlicensed activity.
* Ask TDLR “Under what circumstances can TDLR enter a breeder’s property to
determine if a license is needed?”
* Ask TDLR “What legal process must TDLR follow if a breeder refused access
to their property?”

So there you are, what fanatics! Let RPOA know if you’ll be attending
Monday’s TDLR Meeting. If you cannot attend: Email TDLR your ideas and
comments at: imagine@tdlr.texas.gov and they’ll include them in the
discussion, or so they say.
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March 20, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
(Winston Churchill) We’re on a slippery slope in Texas!

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance OPPOSES the Houston Chapter 6 Animal
Ordinance Revision because it is an Animal “Rights” Template for other Texas
cities and will not solve animal problems. IN FACT: This type ordinance
only exacerbates animal problems. Mark our words: In two years, Houston
will be back with “another revision” to solve their stray animal problems.

Simply becoming a card carrying member of an AKC club in Houston for the
privilege of breeding show quality dogs is feeding the Animal Rights
Crocodile and will come back to bite you in the rear end!

After 25 years, RPOA has learned that Dog and Cat “Breeder Laws” do not
address local animal problems! Why? Because they target “purebreds!”

1) Purebred dogs and cats are NOT the problem in local animal shelters.
All shelters are thrilled to get a purebred animal impounded and offered for
“sale.” We’ve learned the hard way that shelter staff definitely cannot
identify dog and cat breeds accurately.

2) An American Humane Association Study confirmed years ago that only 5% to
7% of dogs in shelters were purebreds. Less than 1% are purebred cats.
RPOA can confirm this today through experiences with our Texas Statewide All
Species Purebred Rescue Program and our “inside” observations at impoundment
facilities.

RPOA is not wasting our time printing out the 75 Page proposal. This is the
first “Hobby/Conformation Breeder” Definition for any Texas city ordinance
and won’t be the last. However, RPOA will register our OPPOSITION with
Houston city officials for the reasons listed above.

Link to 75 page ordinance revision:
http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/chapter6draft.pdf

Below link to FULL text of the AKC Alert regarding the council vote March
25-26:
http://www.akc.org/press_center/article.cfm?article_id=5374.
<SNIP by RPOA> The American Kennel Club appreciates the willingness of City
officials to incorporate the many positive changes suggested by Houston-area
clubs and fanciers; however we remain concerned about the proposed
spay/neuter requirements for unsterilized animals impounded by BARC, the
city’s animal shelter.
<SNIP by RPOA>
Another issue of great concern to local dog owners is that all ownership
rights in an impounded dog will be automatically and completely divested
after a short impoundment period, with BARC assuming sole ownership of the
dog and empowered to do with the dog was they wish. <SNIP by RPOA>

SYNOPSIS: As currently worded, some of the other proposed changes to
Houston’s animal ordinance include:
* Defining “hobby/conformation breeder” as a person who: (1) breeds
personally-owned dogs or cats for the purpose of improving a breed, showing
in a competitive venue, use in a sporting activity or working purposes, or
other personal reasons; (2) is a member in good standing with an organized,
regional, or local club established for the purposes listed above in item
(1), as evidenced by a membership card or other proof of membership; and (3)
sells, trades, barters, distributes, or otherwise exchanges consideration
for dogs or cats to other hobby/conformation breeders or conducts private
sales to individuals. As defined, the term shall not include sales, trades,
barter, distribution or the exchange of consideration to wholesalers or
brokers.

*Requiring “commercial”, “hobby/conformation”, and “non-commercial
breeders”to obtain a valid breeding permit.
*New definitions of “aggressive dog” and “public nuisance dog”; and updated
care and maintenance requirements for dangerous, aggressive, and public
nuisance dogs.

HISTORY: The original draft proposal, which was first circulated for public
comment in fall 2013, considered all breeding of dogs to be commercial and
would have required all breeders to acquire commercial breeding permits.
However, because most land use in Houston is controlled by covenants that
almost uniformly prohibit commercial activity on controlled lands, hobby
breeding in Houston could have been effectively ended if the original draft
had been adopted. Furthermore, all non-commercial breeding of animals would
have been outlawed.

Officials with BARC, the administrative and regulatory division responsible
for the city’s animal shelter, animal adoptions, and enforcement of animal
regulations that was chiefly responsible for the proposal, listened to the
concerns of Houston-area kennel clubs and other fanciers and enthusiasts,
who provided BARC with extensive explanations as to why the original
proposal would be detrimental to Houston’s responsible dog breeders and
owners. Most concerns were subsequently addressed.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Houston residents are encouraged to contact Mayor Parker
and the members of the City Council and express their thoughts on the
changes.
<Check the link above for the full text of AKC’s Alert.>

Mayor Anisse D. Parker
Phone: 713.837.0311
E-MAIL: mayor@houstontx.gov

Councilwoman Brenda Stardig Phone: 832.393.3010
E-MAIL: districta@houstontx.gov

Councilman Jerry Davis, Vice Mayor Pro-Tem
Phone: 832.393.3009
E-MAIL: districtb@houstontx.gov

Councilwoman Ellen Cohen
Phone: 832.393.3004
E-MAIL: districtc@houstontx.gov

Councilman Dwight Boykins
Phone: 832.393.3001
E-MAIL: districtd@houstontx.gov

Councilman Dave Martin
Phone: 832.393.3008
E-MAIL: districte@houstontx.gov

Councilman Richard Nguyen
Phone: 832.393.3002
E-MAIL: districtf@houstontx.gov

Councilman Oliver Pennington Phone: 832.393.3007
E-MAIL: districtg@houstontx.gov

Councilman Ed Gonzalez
Mayor Pro-Tem
Phone: 832.393.3003
E-MAIL: districth@houstontx.gov

Councilman Robert Gallegos Phone: 832.393.3011
E-MAIL: districti@houstontx.gov

Councilman Mike Laster
Phone: 832.393.3015
E-MAIL: districtj@houstontx.gov

Councilman Larry Green
Phone: 832.393.3016
E-MAIL: districtk@houstontx.gov

Councilman Stephen C. Costello Phone: 832.393.3014
E-MAIL: atlarge1@houstontx.gov

Councilman David W. Robinson Phone: 832.393.3013
E-MAIL: atlarge2@houstontx.gov

Councilman Michael Kubosh
Phone: 832.393.3005
WEB PAGE . E-MAIL: atlarge3@houstontx.gov

Councilman C.O. Brad Bradford Phone: 832.393.3012
E-MAIL: atlarge4@houstontx.gov

Councilman Jack Christie
Phone: 832.393.3017
E-MAIL: atlarge5@houstontx.gov
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March 11, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

RPOA just received this information below regarding the proposed revisions
to the Houston Chapter 6 Animal Ordinance. The two Power Point
Presentations are attached but provide little information. Houston City Council’s vote is tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Consent Agenda with no public
comment.
Some red flags raised are:
1) Hobby Non-Commercial Breeder Permit (First such definition in the state
that we know of and we do not have the definition).
2) BARC clearly assumes ownership of animals at end of either 72 hours or 6
days. Can dispose of its ownership via adoption, transfer to humane
organizations, or humane euthanasia.
3) “Dog Kennel” has been replaced with “Commercial Pet Services Facility”
and clearly defined “somewhere?”
4) “Livestock Permit” created.

You can be assured what passes in Houston will NOT stay in Houston. So be
forewarned. We’ll forward a message from Zandra Anderson also that contains
contact information for all Houston city officials and voices her concerns
with the proposal.

Forward from Houston city official:
Heim, Alexander – ARA [mailto:Alexander.Heim@houstontx.gov]
Subject: Chapter 6 Proposal Council Agenda Schedule

Thank you all so much for your valuable and continued input throughout the
long stakeholder process. I truly understand how difficult it can be for
you to take time out of your busy schedules to attend stakeholder meetings,
committee meetings, and to keep in communication with us. For this I am
very grateful. I can honestly say that the final proposed changes to
Chapter 6 are significantly better due in large part to the amount of
stakeholder feedback we have received. ARA is now able to present changes
to Council for approval that will go a long way towards addressing the
myriad of animal-related issues facing the City of Houston in a targeted,
appropriate, and effective way. We are attempting to load our
recommendations on the Council Agenda for next Wednesday, March 12th.
Although stakeholders are encouraged to attend to watch the City Council
vote, there will not be time for citizens to voice their opinions on that
date. However, if you believe that our recommendations have merit and that
our engagement process has been considerate and productive, please consider sharing your thoughts with City Council by either emailing or writing to
them, or by attending Public Session next Tuesday, March 11th , at 2:00 pm.
Any written correspondence needs to occur between now and Tuesday. Here is
the link to the City’s Council contact information web page:
http://www.houstontx.gov/council/index.html. That page also includes
instructions on how to attend Council Public Session as a speaker. If you
sign in to speak, please mention that you wish to speak on Agenda Item 10-1.
I urge that a strong and wide communication on behalf of our (this is
definitely not only BARC’s work) recommendations will ensure that the
correct outcome is realized. While template emails are commonly employed, I believe that our Council Members appreciate concise, authentic messages more than receipt of voluminous and identical emails. However, I defer to your
preferred communication method. We are sending this email to everyone who
has either provided an email address to us at stakeholder meetings or
otherwise emailed us. We do not expect that this email will go to everyone
that supports our collective work. Please feel free to forward this along
to whomever you feel appropriate.

Although the proposed changes will greatly empower BARC to positively affect
animal control outcomes in the City, more resources are also needed if BARC
is to be able to respond to all the requests we receive. We have already
constructed a detailed financial model that explicitly defines what
resources are needed to improve BARC’s performance at different levels.
While this is a separate issue, it still affects BARC’s performance as much
as these ordinance changes will. If you are interested in more information
on this topic, you can view the attached presentation which was presented to
Council last week. The financial model itself will be posted to our website
(http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/cac_municipal_code_overview.php). Channel 11
and the Houston Chronicle have also written about this issue:

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Animal-Control-Cant-Keep-Up-with-Citys-Stray-Dog-Crisis–248237181.html

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-animal-control-seeks-3-4M-for-sea-5297151.php?cmpid=htx

Thanks, Chris Newport
Chief of Staff
Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department
611 Walker, 13th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
832-393-8503 (o), 713-818-8859 (c),
832-395-9505 (f)
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March 11, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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PART II: Houston Animal Ordinance
RPOA neglected to mention in Part I that impounded “animals” will be
sterilized upon first impoundment and there’s a new non-commercial breeder
permit in addition to the new hobby/non-commercial breeder permit. We suggest everyone oppose this vote for obvious reasons and ask for a copy of
the proposed new ordinance.

Forward from Zandra Anderson:

Letters/Emails need to be sent today and Tuesday (3/11/14). There will be a
VOTE on Wednesday morning, March 12, 2014.

Email and Fax your letters if possible. Always include a subject line. If you know your Council Member, you can address your letter to him/her and the
other members.

City Council Email Addresses:
districta@houstontx.gov; districtb@houstontx.gov; districtc@houstontx.gov;
districtd@houstontx.gov; districte@houstontx.gov; districtf@houstontx.gov;
districtg@houstontx.gov; districth@houstontx.gov; districti@houstontx.gov;
districtj@houstontx.gov; districtk@houstontx.gov; atlarge1@houstontx.gov;
atlarge2@houstontx.gov; atlarge3@houstontx.gov; atlarge4@houstontx.gov;
atlarge5@houstontx.gov

City Council Fax Numbers:
832 393 3336, 832 393 3302, 832 393 3291, 832.393.3224, 832.393.3313,
832.393.3302, 832.393.3279, 832.395.9571, 832.395.9426, 832.395.9423,
832.395.9410, 832.393.3251, 832.393.3327

Sample Letter:
Hon. Houston City Council:
RE: Opposed to City Owning Our Dogs after Hold Period (Sec. 6-102b)

I am opposed to Section 6-102b of the proposed Animal Ordinances. The City
has proposed to own our dogs after a short impoundment period. The new
ordinance provides that “title and sole ownership of the dog transfers to
BARC, the dog becomes the sole property of BARC, and becomes subject to
disposition as BARC deems appropriate.” Section 6-102(b).

Someone could be on a short vacation and return to find out that their pet
sitter (or veterinarian, kennel, friend or family member) accidentally lost
their dog and they don’t own it anymore.

Some rescue organizations want to own lost pets so that they do not have to
be inconvenienced by owners who would like to reclaim pets. However, what
better result for a lost dog than to go back to their family who has been
desperately searching for them.

If a rescue organization returns someone’s dog, then they can save one that
has no family. That benefits BARC because two dogs are saved instead of just
one.

We have Constitutional rights in our property and that includes our dogs.
The City is attempting to do away with property rights without due process
which is not only unfair, it is a violation of our property rights.

For these reasons, I oppose this section of the proposed ordinance changes
and request that the ordinance be reworded so that dog owners do not lose
rights in their pets. This is a very harsh result for someone’s dog
accidentally getting out. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Your Name & Address

 

March 7, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreac

Texas Statewide Primary Election Results! Runoff to be May 27th. Pet ownership is a nonpartisan issue. Please VOTE for the candidates most
likely to preserve our historic relationship with animals!

ELECTIONS MATTER! Get to know the candidates and educate them on our animal issues in Texas. Flyers are on our website.
Most of you already know our friends from the last Texas Legislative
Session. RPOA cannot endorse candidates as an IRS 501 (C)(4) or (C)(3)
Nonprofit Organization. Only PACs can do that and we’re never going there.
Getting financial support for RPOA is difficult enough as it is!

Go to the “ACTION ALERT!” blinking yellow button on our website home page
for the Texas Primary Election Results. Please make a PayPal (or mail-in)
donation while you’re there!
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org

Need we remind you? Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has a national legislative campaign to end
the ownership, breeding and sales of all species of pets, which is led by
Vegan President Wayne Pacelle. At local, state, and federal levels! HSUS
has a well organized dedicated “humane group” in each state, in addition to
a salaried HSUS state “director” working full time for their legislative
agenda to end all pet breeding.

In Texas, the HSUS affiliate is “Texas Humane Legislation Network” and the
HSUS state director is Katie Jarl. Nicole Paquette was the previous HSUS
state director. Their only activities in Texas are “animal rights”
legislation, seizures and raids on animal owners.
RPOA appears to be the only “animal welfare” organization in Texas opposing
this radical agenda and we have had statewide programs for Pet Education,
Assistance & Rescue since 1991!

HSUS is an “animal rights” organization — NOT a government agency, has NO
affiliation with local humane societies, and donates only 1% of their annual
budget to any animal shelters (per tax returns).

HSUS has no animal expertise nor “standing” regarding animal issues in our
courts of law. So why they are allowed to file (and intervene with) court
cases is a mystery. There is a major misunderstanding by media and some
legislators who believe HSUS is an arm of our U.S. government. Not! Your
vote and your voice matter. Your animals count on you and RPOA to protect
them!
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February 28, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

Cornell Veterinary School Video – behind the scenes at Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show.

Very encouraging to see something positive about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and purebred dogs … each breed developed for a special purpose. TV coverage was great this year as usual.

David Frei and “Uno,” past Westminster Best In Show (Beagle), attended our
Texas Legislature “Lobby Day” at the Capitol in 2011 and were a big hit with
everyone, including media. Governor Rick Perry owned a Beagle at that time.
Last session, we weren’t allowed to bring in a dog unfortunately.
Enjoy!
http://www.cornell.edu/video/behind-the-scenes-at-westminster-2014

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February 26, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) has released their revised
Licensed Breeders Penalties and Sanctions:
http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/enforcement/bresanctions.htm

Only 136 dog and cat breeders are now licensed, with 15 of those dual licensed with USDA. RPOA plans to have HB 1451 repealed and replaced next legislative session – with your help!.

This “HSUS Puppy Mill Bill” was written to eliminate all dog and cat breeding in Texas — not regulate it.

Note near the bottom of the Penalty List “UNLICENSEDACTIVITY” (defined with a huge penalty) as:
* “Acted, offered to act, or represented to be a dog or cat breeder without holding a license 802.101 (a)” This wording is in the statute.UNLICENSED ACTIVITY: Carries a Class F Penalty of $3,000 to $5,000 and/or revocation for 1st Violation. $5,000 and/or revocation for 2nd and 3rd violations.

HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation Network, and ASPCA turned in over 400 breeders’ websites, instigating TDLR investigations a year ago. And the harassment continues. One hobby cat breeder has moved out of state due to TDLR harassment. TDLR insisted on entering her residence without a warrant, when she didn’t
have more than 10 intact female cats nor sold more than 20 kittens. It was a matter of principle with her. Her email didn’t satisfy them.
So now we’re seeing a TDLR letter being mailed to breeders and infers all breeders must be licensed. It includes a form to fill out with personal information and mail back to TDLR. Any animal owner in Texas who is contacted by TDLR, please contact RPOA.

One dog breeder just emailed us (after reading the Penalty List) that he can’t make the laws, regulations, economics, and math work. Primarily expenses incurred to meet these regulations; such as having 24/7 employee animal supervision, plus requirement of proof of animal husbandry training for those employees. He says “We do this as a hobby. Requiring an employee payroll means I would have to run it like a business with production schedules and sales pushes to meet payroll, artificial insemination, etc.”
He continues: “WHEN DID RAISING ANIMALS FOR FUN BECOME A CRIME?” (Name
withheld for obvious reasons)

Our official TDLR notice reads: The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation enforcement plan gives all license holders notice of the specific ranges of penalties and license sanctions that apply to specific alleged violations of the statutes and rules enforced by the Department. The enforcement plan
also presents the criteria that are considered by the Department’s
Enforcement staff in determining the amount of a proposed administrative penalty or the magnitude of a proposed sanction.
(More at website link above)
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February 21, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

The HSUS “Whack A Breeder” Campaign rolls along!
Is this insane, or not?

HSUS has no authority to police any animal owners in Texas, but recently “investigated” 19 pet stores (and flea markets) across Texas, demanding names of breeders — the source of their puppies for sale. Flea market puppy sales are already illegal in San Antonio and many cities. But the HSUS linkage is obvious and so are the lies.
Thanks to this notice from Sue Cone: A must see video at:
http://tinyurl.com/k59lgmf
Animal advocates go undercover to expose Texas puppy sellers
by Phil Anaya / KENS 5
San Antonio, TX

“Buying a dog or puppy is supposed to be exciting, but that can all change when the animal you purchase turns out to be sick.
The Humane Society of the United States said that often happens because people aren’t aware of where dogs come from when purchasing a puppy from a third party like a pet store, flea market or even online.
That’s why HSUS spent five months in Texas conducting an undercover investigation. The non-profit said the goal of the investigation is to expose where puppy sellers get their dogs from. “Often times pet store owners don’t give the information about the origins of the dogs to the consumers, or they outright lie about the origins of these puppies that they sell in their stores,” said Melanie Kahn of HSUS.

Kahn spoke to KENS 5 via Skype about the HSUS investigation. HSUS also provided KENS 5 with their undercover video inside pet shops around Texas.
Some of the video shows pet store employees not telling HSUS investigators where puppies come from, or breeder information …..
(SEE LINK ABOVE FOR MORE INFO & TO MAKE COMMENTS!)
The investigation of HSUS itself has begun by IRS. We can play that game
too!

HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation Network (the HSUS affiliate) and ASPCA have already turned in over 400 Texas breeders’ names and websites to Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation that RPOA knows of; triggering the $1,000 “Breeder Bounty” investigations. Most Texas hobby breeders are under
the requirement to be licensed.

According to HSUS, San Antonio pet shops are “good” only if they sell puppies from Animal Care Services, where Parvo and Distemper reign.

However the countdown is on until the Texas Legislature convenes in January! So HSUS is working the media as usual in preparation and has publicly announced their dissatisfaction with the “weak” USDA rules for administering HB 1451. USDA regulations weak? Another lie.

The California Superior Court of Los Angeles County has ordered “Barkworks,” a Los Angeles area pet store chain, to disclose their source of puppies for sale … settlement stemmed from years of Best Friends Animal Society harassment of Barkworks. Sounds similar to Petland in Texas.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1749101
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February 18, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

Crossposting is encouraged.

2nd E-News Notice for today, (against our rules!) but information is pouring
in regarding a new HSUS “Puppy Mill” campaign in Texas for the 2015
TX Legislative Session, so this is just a heads up! Follow up later. FYI:

All dog (and cat) breeders are “puppy mills” to HSUS and their Texas
affiliate “Texas Humane Legislative Network.”

RPOA has just “been saying” that HSUS isn’t near through with us yet
in Texas and here’s the proof. Same goes for the federal level with USDA.

These zealots are so predictable!

It’s against IRS 501 (C)(4) Nonprofit Organization rules to “endorse”
a candidate but THLN flaunts the rule with their endorsement below. Perhaps
they feel Lois Lerner (with her HSUS connections) will still have major influence, although she has left IRS.

The attached flyer to the email below states: “The Texas Legislature
Passed a Law to End Puppy Mills in 2011. BUT Bureaucrats Weakened the New Law!”

After the Legislature left town, Bureaucrats weakened the new law. One
expert called the standards of care passed by the Texas Commission of
Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) “a disaster for the animals.” The
same expert said “… we have something, and that’s better than nothing.”
Puppy mill opponents say only the minimum was done to shore up protection for
animals. CHART WESTCOTT believes that’s wrong.
Chart Westcott will go to work in Austin to end Puppy Mills once and for
all. CHART believes that Texas should be a state that illegal animal
breeders fear and we should lead the nation in ending animal cruelty. And
Chart Westcott supports making Dallas a “no kill” town for its animal shelters.

Texas has taken the first step in the right direction, now we need CHART

WESTCOTT to help finish the job.

Chart Chart2

 

February 15, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Quotes from a monthly RPOA Supporter in Bergheim:

“I’ve been breeding and showing dogs since 1975. My dogs are also my pets,
and I can’t imagine being without them. I’ve taken my website off the
internet and have an electric gate. RPOA IS MY LAST LINE OF DEFENSE.”

This RPOA Donors Report will be published each Saturday to thank the wonderful animal “welfare” folks and groups who make all things possible! A
special shout out to Alamo Area Shetland Sheepdog Club for concession
receipts at their February Specialty Show!

WEEKLY REPORT
GROUPS:
Alamo Area Shetland Sheepdog Club $51.05
Lone Star Weimaraner Club $100

INDIVIDUALS in Texas (identified by area only due to animal
“rights” extremists’ harassment):

Missouri City $100
Clyde $100
(Monthly) San Antonio $10
(PayPal Monthly) Cat lover $10

All donors receive a letter of appreciation and an RPOA bumper sticker:
“Don’t Mess With Texas Pets!” RPOA provides a “reasonable” voice regarding
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February 14, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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The San Antonio Express-News has kept the unusual case of “Buddy,” the
beloved pet of an elderly 82-year-old pet owner, in the news for the past
three months. Due to media uproar and Mayor Julian Castro’s intervention,
Attorney Michelle Maloney succeeded upon appeal in getting Buddy’s Dangerous
Dog Designation removed by court order. However Buddy must still meet
certain requirements, such as being muzzled on leash, $100,000 Liability
Insurance, etc. But Buddy is NOT a dangerous dog and never was!
To refresh your memory, Buddy was leashed and approached by a 9-year-old
girl screaming in his face, causing him to jump up on her, scratched her
face which required multiple stitches.
Animal Care Services immediately gave Buddy a death sentence which baffled
everyone due to irregularities with existing local and state laws. RPOA has
been puzzled and can’t get the answers. Who filed the original affidavit
for the case? Buddy’s case gives San Antonio another blackeye as the most
anti-pet city in Texas.
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/SanAntonioAntiPet.htm
We’ll be adding other Texas cities as time permits. How about your city?
Waco has already been added. GO, BUDDY!
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San Antonio Express-News
ANOTHER VIEW
by Mary Beth Duerler
“Questions Remain In Buddy Sage”
http://tinyurl.com/q4f394f

SAN ANTONIO – There are no winners in the “Buddy” saga of the past three
months.

It ended with the recent court order, but questions remain. Why was Animal
Care Services so determined to kill Buddy? Why wasn’t Buddy charged under
San Antonio’s Dangerous Dog Ordinance, which would have allowed Buddy to go
home immediately with restrictions similar to those agreed upon in the final
court order?

This emotional roller coaster could have been avoided. The city refused to
allow an evaluation of Buddy by a certified dog behavior consultant, which
should be written in all laws regarding animal behavior.

The court case was not filed as a dangerous dog case under city or state
law, but as a serious bodily injury case under state law. Why does ACS even
have a dangerous dog ordinance?

The little girl’s father said he never asked the city to euthanize Buddy. He
did not file an affidavit with ACS to initiate its unusual actions, and
we’ve been unable to determine who did.

Buddy’s elderly owner has suffered emotionally as Buddy was his constant
companion – a buddy in more ways than one.

And we mustn’t forget the 9-year-old girl who also suffered from this
lengthy ordeal with facial scars remaining from the scratches. Let’s hope
she’s not scarred for life with an irrational fear of dogs, because pet
ownership is therapeutic, a living, breathing prescription for what often
ails us!

Mary Beth Duerler is executive director of the Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance www.responsiblepetowners.org
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February 11, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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The latest update regarding the Farm Bill/APHIS Rule is on the “Keeping Our
Domestic Animals” website.
http://www.keepourdomesticanimals.com
Please support their lawsuit, seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of
the new USDA/APHIS Rule! (More information on the website.)

From Frank Losey:
On February 7, 2013, President Obama signed the “Farm Bill,” which includes
amendments to the Animal Welfare Act. The amendments provide that the sole
criterion for being exempt from USDA licensing is that the size of a breeder’s
business be “de minimis.” The Conference Report on the Farm Bill referenced
the Retail Pet Store Rule and mandated that
USDA and APHIS clarify several issues because of “confusion among the
regulated community.” The Conference Report made clear that Congress is
aware of the fact that a Rule was published by APHIS; that there is
“confusion;” that the term “breeding female” needs to be defined; that the
“de minimis” standard needs to be defined; that APHIS needs to clarify
“oversight of . . . sales . . . transactions in interstate commerce as
provided for under the Commerce Clause;” and that APHIS is expected to ” do
a new rulemaking to address these issues in the next year.”

Despite these developments, however, neither the Farm Bill nor the
Conference Report explicitly stated that the existing Retail Pet Store Rule,
that became effective on November 18, is no longer applicable. Thus, while
APHIS attempts to figure out how to implement the direction from Congress,
it is possible that APHIS still may use and enforce the Rule and no new,
modifying Rule is expected to be published for another year. In short, the
Farm Bill Amendments to the Animal Welfare Act did not revoke the Rule.
Consequently, unless USDA decides on its own to withdraw or suspend the Rule
or is directed by the Court to withdraw or suspend the Rule, APHIS may
continue to use and enforce the Rule against
hobby breeders who it believes should be licensed – – not a “warm fuzzy!”
The one positive thing that the Farm Bill language has done is to strengthen
the Legal Arguments set out in our Lawsuit because Congress has stated that
there is “confusion among the regulated community,” which is what we
asserted in our Lawsuit.

Based on the language in the Farm Bill and the Conference Report, we
have sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack on behalf of the 42 Plaintiffs
in the case. The letter includes the following quote:
“The concerns of the dog, cat and registry clubs on whose behalf I write
have been validated by the Act’s amendments to the AWA and by the Conference
Report. The amended AWA conflicts with the requirements of The Retail Pet
Store Rule. I therefore reiterate my request that you place a moratorium on
implementation and enforcement of the Rule until APHIS has complied with
Congress’ direction to conduct a rulemaking and the Rule has been replaced
by a final rule that faithfully reflects the
will of Congress.”

Also on February 7, 2014, the Government filed a Motion to Dismiss our
Lawsuit, which is what we expected the Government to do. The Government’s
Motion asserts that our Lawsuit should be dismissed because we “have not
identified any specific member of their organizations who has suffered or
will suffer an injury in fact.” Our opposition to the Government’s Motion
must be filed before February 21, 2014, and we
believe we have good facts and arguments to defeat the Motion. After we file
our opposition, we will set out in an Update the specific details of the
opposition.
Until the Rule is either suspended by USDA or the Judge in the Lawsuit
determines that the Rule may not be enforced, the Farm Bill Language
does not mean that Hobby Breeders will not be faced with the prospect that
they may be required to be licensed. Thus, it is possible that thousands of
Hobby Breeders who do not meet the existing exemptions and exceptions as set
out in the Rule, and as determined on a “case-by-case” basis by APHIS, will
be required to become licensed with the USDA.

Moreover, as part of the licensing process, they will be required to
provide personal and financial information on their License
Applications. While some may not be alarmed with this fact, they should be.
As a result of a Federal Court of Appeals Decision that was issued on
February 4, 2014, the HSUS may request and receive, under the Freedom of
Information Act, the personal and financial information that is submitted
annually to APHIS by Licensed Breeders, as well as the same
personal and financial information listed on the Licensing Applications
submitted by Hobby Breeders who either decide or are required to apply for a
USDA License. And yes, the HSUS may and are expected to request all such
information under the Freedom of Information Act with respect
to every USDA Licensed Breeder throughout the entire U.S. And why do you
suppose the HSUS wants this information?!? Yet another reason for our
Lawsuit to continue to be pursued and supported.
Frank Losey
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February 10, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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RPOA urges “Caution” regarding recent passage of the Farm Bill, which
unexpectedly addressed the new USDA/APHIS rule. We agree with the message
below from Margaret Cleek, with the Legislative Committee, American Malamute
Club of America (AMCA). Nothing has changed. The new APHIS Rule is in
effect and will be enforced by animal “rights” extremists in the same manner
that the Dog/Cat Breeder bill is being enforced in Texas, only the federal
ruling affects breeders of all pet species. Anonymous tips accepted which
“require” investigations and all determinations will be made by inspectors!
RPOA continues to support the injunction action filed against USDA/APHIS by
ADFNY et al and agree with the AMCA Legislative Committee below.
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From the AMCA Legislative Committee:
Date: 2/7/2014
Subject: Impact of the New Farm Bill on Breeders / Recommendations

Background: During the process of reconciling the House and Senate
versions of the new Farm Bill, the Conference Committee unexpectedly
addressed the new APHIS rule that went into effect last November of last
year.

1. Despite the changes made in the Farm Bill, the new rule that was
created by APHIS/USDA is still in effect. It is the law and will remain
the law until APHIS/USDA publishes new policies and interpretations.

2. While it’s difficult to imagine that APHIS would engage in draconian
enforcement of the new rule under these circumstances, regulatory
agencies do not always act reasonably. We therefore encourage you not to
become complacent about the new rule.

3. While you may believe that you have more recourse now that Congress has
acted, we do not think that this is the case. Only the amendment of the
Animal Welfare Act (AWA) will go into effect immediately, and the
significance of that amendment is still unknown. In any event, seeking
recourse is at the very best a complex and time-consuming matter, and
typically a very expensive one. [In the sense that it is usually understood,
you do not get your day in court].

4. If you are on the borderline of requiring to be licensed under the
new rule, we suggest that you make an effort to remain on the unlicensed
side.

5. If you are required to be licensed under the new rule, but are not
yet licensed, we encourage to you to seek the advice of a qualified
attorney.

Throughout this process, beginning with the proposal of the new rule
last year, the AMCA Legislative Committee has taken a very conservative
approach to the effect of the new rule — in essence, we have tried to
answer the question: “What’s the worst that could happen if there’s a knock
on the door?” Given the large uncertainties in the new rule, we felt that
was the only responsible course of action. Now that Congress has acted, the
AKC and some other organizations appear to view this change as a very
positive development. While they may be correct — and we sincerely hope
they are correct — we see no persuasive basis for that view. The
Legislative Committee’s opinion remains that, at this point, how the new
Farm Bill will affect breeders is still unknown.

We are in contact with a number of attorneys in various animal-interest
organizations who are still studying this unexpected change, and will
share their opinions as we receive them.

Given the new uncertainties raised by the language included in the Farm
Bill, we continue to support the injunction action that has been filed
against USDA/APHIS by ADFNY et al.

If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Cleek at
cleekma@surewest.net
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February 8, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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“People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost.” —
Bertold Brecht

Something new! This RPOA Donors Report will be published each Saturday.
RPOA provides a “reasonable” voice regarding all Local, Texas State and
Federal
Animal Issues.

WEEKLY REPORT:
Thanks to our recent donors “who make all things possible!”

National Toy Fox Terrier Association $50.
Lone Star Fox Terrier Club $50.

Individuals in Texas (identified by area only due to animal
“rights” extremists’ harassment):

Mountain Home $250;
Wharton $100;
Dallas $100;
Temple $65;
San Antonio $60;
Bergheim (Monthly) $50;
Lancaster $25;
Austin (Monthly) $20;
Houston $15; and
Boerne (Monthly) $10.

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February 4, 2014

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FORWARD FROM

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB:
Federal Update:  Congress Passes Farm Bill with Two Improvements to the Animal Welfare Act

http://www.akc.org/press_center/article.cfm?article_id=5282

The American Kennel Club (AKC) lauds the US Senate for passing a new five-year Farm Bill today that addresses some of the AKC’s concerns regarding recent regulatory changes to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by the USDA/APHIS Retail Pet Stores and Licensing Exemptions rule.  The House of Representatives passed the bill last week.

AKC outlined to Farm Bill negotiators from the Senate and House Agriculture committees that although the intent of the changes to the rule was to regulate large-scale breeders and Internet pet sellers, it
also would have required some small hobby breeders who maintain more than four “breeding females” and transfer an occasional dog sight
unseen, to be licensed and regulated as commercial pet dealers. The
regulation also would have required small hobby breeders who provide
foster homes for rescue dogs to be licensed as commercial breeders if
they maintain more than four female dogs and occasionally use an
intermediary to transfer a foster dog to its new home.

The changes in the Farm Bill (HR 2642) will reduce the number of
breeders and dealers otherwise required to obtain a license if the size of their business is determined to be “de minimis” (minimal).  The Farm Bill Conference Report also allows USDA to “determine if the number of animals they breed or sell or the gross annual dollar amounts earned are so minor as to merit disregard.”

The measure’s conference report states that this will free up more USDA resources and recommends that APHIS finalize a rule regarding this change within the year.

“We believe these changes will be welcome to responsible small breeders who not only breed occasionally, but also provide foster homes for rescue dogs,” said AKC Government Relations Director Sheila Goffe.  “Without these changes, many could have been forced to give up their rescue activities unless they could obtain a USDA pet dealer license.”

A second measure supported by the AKC directs APHIS to clarify the term “breeding female”.  This term is currently used in AWA regulations to define who should be regulated as a pet dealer, but it lacks authority
because it does not appear in the underlying statute.  The conference
report urged APHIS to clarify that only those female animals capable of
reproduction and actively being used in a breeding program should
qualify as breeding females.

The AKC thanks the many members of Congress, Congressional staff and AKC
club members whose dedicated efforts made these changes possible. “We are extremely grateful to the Farm Bill negotiators for addressing some of AKC’s concerns regarding the Retail Pet Stores and Licensing
Exemptions.  We would especially like to thank the leadership of the
House and Senate Agriculture committees, Chairman Frank Lucas, Livestock Subcommittee Chairman Rick Crawford and Ranking Member Jim Costa, and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking
Member Thad Cochran for their leadership in including these beneficial changes to the AWA in the Farm Bill Conference report,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung.

A third measure in the Farm Bill also codifies the regulatory changes
made by USDA/APHIS in the Retail Pet Stores and Licensing Exemptions rule in late 2013.

The measure now goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.
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January 29, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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This newspaper article (link below) is a little confusing to read, sorta like “Who’s on first?” A dog breeder moved 45 dogs when he learned he was
under investigation by Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT).
HSNT removed 30 dogs originally from his premises and 36 more of his dogs
from the second facility, with plans to go back to get another 200 dogs
owned by the second breeder to bring down his total dogs to a “manageable
number.” HSNT says, in reference to the second breeder, “he was feeding
them, cleaning them, and it was a clean facility, but a puppy mill
nontheless!”
By next week HSNT says “Send Money!” as they’ll have maybe 350 total dogs at
their own facility, not including their general intake! So this was an
“unmanageable” number of 200 dogs for an owner but more than 350 dogs is
“manageable” for HSNT?
Not to worry, HSNT officials hope to start offering some of the dogs for
adoption/sale, possibly this weekend. Yet, they were in such bad shape that
seizure of all dogs was warranted! HSNT says the second breeder was very
cooperative! Just gave them his dogs, no less.

There’s no mention of whether either breeding facility was licensed or
unlicensed by Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation per state law.
Where were the proper authorities? Perhaps the reporter simply left out
some minor details. (More at the link below.)
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http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/01/28/5521509/more-dogs-from-parker-county-puppy.html?rh=1OR Tiny URL:http://tinyurl.com/le8kz3oMore dogs from Parker County ‘puppy mill’ found in Young CountyPosted Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014By Bill Millerwmiller@star-telegram.comFORT WORTH – More than three dozen dogs that were missing this month whenauthorities seized animals from a “puppy mill” in northwest ParkerCounty have been located nearly 50 miles away near Graham, officialssaid Tuesday.A tipster told officials that the dogs were moved from the Parker Countyproperty to another breeding operation near Graham in Young County, saidTammy Roberts, interim director of the Humane Society of North Texas.The 45 dogs found near Graham include schnauzers, Shih Tzus, and Germanand Australian shepherds, she said.The man who operates the Graham facility apparently didn’t know the fullhistory of the dogs and agreed Monday to release them to the HumaneSociety, Roberts said…..(More at link above)…………………………………………………Subscribe to this announcement only email list to stay informed regardingTexas animal issues by emailing a blank message to:TX_RPOA_E-News-subscribe@yahoogroups.comDonate with PayPal or mail in:www.rpoatexasoutreach.org

 

January 27, 2014

Subject: [TX_RPOA_E-News] Westminster Includes Mixed Breed Eve

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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January 27, 2014

Lots of media coverage circulating now on mixed breed event at the
Westminster Dog Show! (See the link below.)
http://tinyurl.com/qe8z6pb

There are 304 American Kennel Club (AKC) dog clubs in the state of Texas,
which RPOA proudly represents, in addition to members of many other
registries and pet owners!
In 2012, AKC licensed and sanctioned 994 events in Texas, in which more than
165,500 dogs participated. The AKC conducts ongoing research regarding the
economic impact of AKC events in localities throughout the state, as well as
of registered dogs in the state.
Based on their findings, over $90.2 million is generated annually within the
Texas economy from spending on purebred dogs in our state!

This includes spending on events, dog clubs, show exhibitors, breeding and
basic dog care, just to name a few. As dog shows are a family sport, the
large spectator gates generate additional revenues for cities and towns
statewide.
For more on the upcoming Westminster Dog Show, go to:
Tiny URL:
http://tinyurl.com/qe8z6pb
OR
http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/westminster-dog-show-adds-event-mixed-breeds-21547820

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January 25, 2014

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>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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The city of Waco is demanding that 14 neighboring cities currently using
their city-run animal shelter formally adopt their Mandatory Spay/Neuter and
Microchip Ordinance, which has been a documented failure for over 20 years
in the US! One article below mentions an ordinance exception for animals
“owned by reputable breeders.” However no such wording exists in the new
Waco ordinance. There is only a one-time exemption for “impounded”
breeders’ dogs and cats with no definitions for a “breeder.” It’s hard to
keep the truth on the table!.Waco now claims their euthanasia rate has miraculously dropped from 70% to 30%.
Last year RPOA sent Waco officials an article by Nathan Winograd, founder of
the No Kill Movement, opposing this type legislation as it results in more
animals surrendered — not less but we were ignored.
The Waco ordinance is on our RPOA Texas Outreach website under “Texas
Anti-Pet Cities.” There are two articles below.
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FIRST ARTICLE ON WACO’S DEMAND
Tiny URL:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/lpj3422
SECOND ARTICLE RE WACO/CITY OF BELLMEAD
Tiny URL:
http://tinyurl.com/madb479
This article quotes our RPOA Waco Area Chapter Chairman, Tina Patterson.
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TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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January 22, 2014

RE: Houston proposed Chapter 6 Animal Ordinance changes. In case the links
below don’t work, all info can be found at:
http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/cac_municipal_code_overview.php
RPOA has not had time to study this PPT presentation yet but doubt it has
changed much from the original proposal which we vehemently opposed. Texas
animal control divisions and radical animal “rights” extremists appear to
have joined hands to legislate pet ownership (all species) out of existence.
No Animals = No Problems in their minds. More later.
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From: Heim, Alexander – ARA [Alexander.Heim@houstontx.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Subject: Final Chapter 6 Stakeholder Meeting

Good Afternoon,
Please accept this email as an invitation to attend a final stakeholder
discussion regarding our proposed revisions to Chapter 6 of the Houston Code
of Ordinances. We have benefitted greatly from the contribution of many
groups and individuals to date, and will conduct one more meeting to present
the adjustments and what amount to our final set of recommendations to the
Mayor and City Council.

The meeting will occur this Thursday evening, from 6 – 8 pm, in Room B1 at
the Houston Permitting Center (the same building as two prior stakeholder
meetings). As with prior meetings, we will attempt to live stream audio and
video of the event via our website, www.houstonbarc.com. A video archive of
the meeting will be posted to our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/WeAreBARC),
and anyone may view the previously archived meetings there as well.

We are putting the final touches on our most recent draft version of the
ordinance, and will announce when it is posted to our ordinance document
webpage (http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/cac_municipal_code_overview.php) via
Facebook (www.facebook.com/BARCHouston) and Twitter (@BARC_Houston).

We have attempted to include everyone that is interested in this email, but
please feel free to forward to your networks. Anyone that is interested is
welcome to attend.
Thank you,
Christopher Newport
Chief of Staff
Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department
611 Walker, 13th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
832-393-8503 (o), 713-818-8859 (c),
832-395-9505 (f)
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January 19, 2014

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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Last week, RPOA paused to say “Thank You” to all the groups and clubs that made donations in 2013! As soon as our E-News went out and our webite updated, we received a $1,500 check in the mail from TOY CLUB OF GREATER HOUSTON (designated for the year 2013). So this is to say thank you to the Houston Toy Club for their very generous donation! We’ve also had two new pledges for small monthly automatic payments and received the January payments already. Let’s hope this is contagious because RPOA has to be here everyday – not just for emergencies. Your donations make all things possible. Send RPOA $19 a month instead of HSUS and ASPCA who seek donations on national TV, which do NOT go for Texas animal shelters.

We’re researching and updating all our programs with suggested solutions for animal problems, which include programs and services instead of punitive excessive fines, license fees, mandatory pet spay/neuter, mandatory microchips, and other unenforceable onerous anti-pet legislation. San Antonio has passed a “No Kill” Resolution once and Austin twice which have been failures. Cities now seem to believe “No Animals is the way to become No Kill!” Not on RPOA’s Watch!

We’ve continued to prepare for the January 2015 Texas Legislative Session which should be a doozey. HSUS, ASPCA and Texas Humane Legislation Network have announced the same!

On October 9th, we mailed out a fundraising letter to 600 recipients (including 304 AKC clubs) and sad to say, we’ve had a very disappointing response. The mailout included a Return Form for feedback on what Texas animal welfare groups are interested in doing this year. Without some commitments, we may not offer a 2015 “Lobby Day” at the Capitol as we had only 15 folks show up last Legislative Session. It’s a lot of work!

If your club or group has not received the material, e-mail us with the contact name, club/group name, mailing address and we’ll mail it to them. Sometimes our addresses are outdated. All AKC club presidents and legislative liaisons should have received it.

Texas animal owners cannot expect national organizations to save their animals. It takes Texans to save Texas animals by educating their personal elected officials! If you do nothing, you are helping the “animal rights” extremists accomplish their agenda to legislate pet ownership out of  existence! Get 10 new subscribers to our E-News! Stay informed.
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January 11, 2014

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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San Antonio’s “Buddy,” the Dog, saved again — for now! Read Express-News
article at the link:
http://tinyurl.com/n77zctk

RPOA needs your help … one more time … regarding this miscarriage of justice regarding “Buddy,” the dog sentenced by Animal Care Services (ACS) to be killed. Due to an uproar from local media and pet owners nationwide, the city has signed a court agreement not to euthanize or otherwise harm Buddy pending exhaustion of all appellate remedies.But the battle rages on in the most anti-pet city in Texas. And boarding fees mount!

Please email these city officials: Deputy City Manager Erik Walsh who
supervises Animal Care Services
erik.walsh@sanantonio.gov

Mayor Julian Castro

mayorjuliancastro@sanantonio.gov

City Manager Sheryl Sculley

citymanager@sanantonio.gov

Council Members:

district1@sanantonio.gov

district2@sanantonio.gov

district3@sanantonio.gov

district4@sanantonio.gov

district5@sanantonio.gov

district6@sanantonio.gov

district7@sanantonio.gov

district8@sanantonio.gov

district9@sanantonio.gov

district10@sanantonio.gov

Tell them this was a “provoked” bite and to send Buddy home to his 82 year-old owner, who is grieving over the loss of his constant companion. This is not a dangerous dog by any definition.

In 2010, ACS changed city ordinance to eliminate the Dangerous Dog Hearing Committee and give the ACS director sole authority to make this
determination. ACS claimed “the change streamlines the process for citizen and city.” It can be appealed to Municipal Court but this court usually backs ACS decisions. This makes ACS the accuser, the judge and the jury.

This is the first determination ever made in the city based on Texas State Law instead of city ordinance, which is troublesome itself.

It appears the city couldn’t kill Buddy under local ordinance but is allowed to do so under state law. San Antonio is known for their onerous animal ordinance provisions.Some individuals are seeking donations to pay for Buddy’s daily boarding fee
at ACS during this lengthy procedure, but RPOA recommends donations be sent
directly to Buddy’s attorney:
Michelle Maloney
(For Buddy’s Boarding Fees)
Marynell Maloney Law Firm, PLLC
115 East Travis St. #1800
San Antonio, TX 78205

San Antonio’s Fee Schedule is confusing but Impoundment for Rabies Observation is $75 daily for 10 days. Boarding is $20 daily for Dangerous Dog Investigations but that’s over now so it could be $50 daily for regular impoundment. Buddy is being held in solitary confinement at the less than desirable Brooks City Base ACS Kennels. BTW, Buddy was on a leash when the girl approached him screaming in his face.
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January 6, 2014

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January 6, 2014

This may appear to be good news regarding ASPCA as only government agencies should be enforcing animal laws. OTOH, it gives ASPCA more free time to join HSUS, PETA, Texas Humane Legislation Network, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Best Friends and other “animal rights” extremists who’ve descended
upon Texas with their anti-pet legislative agenda.HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation Network and ASPCA hold a joint Lobby Day at our Capitol each legislative session. ASPCA is a national organization with no affiliation to local SPCAs in Texas.  ‘The ASPCA TV ads are carbon copies of the HSUS ads running now, showing sad neglected dogs and saying “send money.” Their website begs for monthly donations to “eliminate puppy mills;” end animal cruelty, dog fighting, and carriage horse rides. We
could add to that: “end ALL pet breeding.” $169 million budget in 2012? Combine that with HSUS’ $150 million and that’s what we’re up against in Texas.

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December 21, 2013

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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A second article on the Humane Society of U.S. (HSUS) coming to San Antonio can be found at the newspaper link below.

Why San Antonio? FYI, RPOA has publicized San Antonio’s 7-8 free and low cost pet spay/neuter programs (varies with grants) for low income pet owners for many years. The City even has it’s own permanent clinic “Spay SA” located in that area. www.spaysa.org
“Spay SA” offers free and low cost pet spay/neuter plus Wellness Clinics. This is in addition to a new City Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic opened recently where the old ACS Facility once stood across from the Zoo. This doesn’t qualify as “limited
access” to services! SA Animal Care Services usually has an approx. $10 million annual budget.

* San Antonio is the only city in Texas to be chosen by HSUS among 22 cities nationwide.

* The $50,000 PetSmart Grant to HSUS will include salary for “an in-house Pets for Life coordinator” (making them in-house with city government) as the “key component of the humane society-managed program.”That won’t leave much for “vaccinations and free/low cost spay neuter services” in one zipcode only plus covering office space for the HSUS staffer.

Article Link:

http://tinyurl.com/nh9bdya

Grant to help West Side pet owners

San Antonio Express-News

December 20, 2013

By Vincent T. Davis,

vtdavis@express-news.net

 

December 20, 2013

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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Humane Society of the U.S (HSUS). is coming to town! To San Antonio for a whole year and riding on a $50,000 PetSmart (Grant) Sleigh!

Surely it’s just a coincidence that San Antonio was chosen — the home base for Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach. Surely it’s just a coincidence that San Antonio is always the first city hit with “animal rights” legislation. Surely it’s just a coincidence that IRS’s Lois Lerner reached in and removed $9,000 from our IRS C3 Nonprofit’s “Rainy Day “Investment Fund last year without anyone being notified including the investment firm. (Which has been returned!) This is the HSUS who filed an amicus brief opposing our HB 1451 Lawsuit last year. We’re beginning to get
a little paranoid!

Your city may be next for the HSUS “Pets for Life” Community Outreach Program. It makes sense if you recall Vegan HSUS President Wayne Pacelle’s remark: “I don’t want to see another dog or cat born.” We now know he meant that literally.Read the San Antonio Express-News Article at the link.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/West-Side-is-the-land-of-the-roaming-dogs-5079331.php
OR
http://tinyurl.com/lqeusja

West Side is the land of the roaming dogs. Express-News Editorial Board :
December 19, 2013

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/West-Side-is-the-land-of-the-roaming-dogs-5079331.php
OR
http://tinyurl.com/lqeusja

SAN ANTONIO – The West Side is the city’s ground zero for roaming dogs.
Specifically, it is ZIP code 78207, an area that has received national attention for poverty over the course of decades.
Underserved 78207 is where dogs roam free. That also means it’s where dogs bite. No ZIP code has had more bites in recent years than 78207, a recent Express-News analysis revealed.

That’s why we were pleased to hear the city of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services has qualified for a $50,000 grant to improve access in 78207 to services such as spay/neuter clinics and resources about pet ownership.

PetSmart Charities is funding the grant. The Humane Society of the United States will manage the one-year project, which starts in January. San Antonio is one of 22 cities across the country to receive the grant funding.

This is a small, but well-focused step in the effort to address our roaming dog issue. Many of these roaming dogs are not strays. They have owners.

The failure in ownership poses a tremendous public safety threat from bites and attacks. And it places the dogs at risk of getting hit by vehicles.

The dog issue is so entrenched in San Antonio, there is no quick fix. It will take a prolonged effort to improve spay/neuter rates and instill a culture that keeps dogs from roaming free. Such a focused effort in 78207, ground zero of the roaming dog issue, will be money well spent.
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December 19, 2013

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It’s hit the fan! We’re in for a long expensive and bumpy ride in coming years if we really want to “save our animals” from these radical extremists. HSUS plans on “intervening” in the USDA lawsuit as they did in our Texas HB 1451 federal lawsuit, which will be refiled in state court in 2014 … when we’re ready.

Far too many on “our side” (who oppose the anti-pet anti-hunting vegan animal rights extremists) are afraid to call it like it is because they’ll appear to be “radical.” If you need further proof that ALL anti-pet legislation is coming from the HSUS camp (and their affiliated Texas Humane Legislation Network in Texas), read their press release below regarding the new USDA/APHIS regulations.

ALL hobby dog and cat organizations listed as plaintiffs are being called ‘commercial’ breeders by HSUS. Possessing more than the aggregate number of “FOUR intact females of ALL pet species” … AND shipping ONE animal sight unseen to the buyer does not make anyone a large scale “commercial breeder.”

The HSUS agenda is revealed.RPOA is appalled at some of the negative e-mail comments being made about this lawsuit. We have nothing to lose and much to gain if successful. The
lawsuit has captured the attention of national media when nothing else will.

Read the Courthouse News below.
Are you one of those who “watch things happen, make things happen, or ask what happened?” At some point, it will be too late so “WAKE UP!” Or at least shut up with the negative comments. May our joint efforts be blessed.

HSUS PRESS RELEASE:
http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2013/12/breeders-lawsuit-threatens-USDA-retail-rule-121813.html

COURTHOUSE NEWS ARTICLE
http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/12/18/63848.html

NOTE:  The LaPerm Fanciers International who signed on to the KODA was inadvertently not included in the Courthouse News Article
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December 13, 2013

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RPOA opposed this TX Dangerous Dog Bill, but unfortunately it passed the
Legislature with few amendments. Thanks to Gilbert Garcia for his excellent
coverage of ‘Buddy’s’ story.
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Due process a casualty in ‘Buddy the Dog’ hearing
By Gilbert Garcia
ggarcia@express-news.net
San Antonio Express-News

Photo Caption (a) Buddy, a 6-year-old golden retriever mix, was granted a temporary reprieve Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, after a judge ordered that he be euthanized after he attacked a 9-year-old girl. The dog’s 83-year-old owner and a witness said the dog attacked after the girl screamed in his face, but the girl’s mother testified the attack was unprovoked. Here, Buddy relaxes at home during happier times. He has been in quarantine in an ACS kennel since early November.
Buddy’s Photo at link below:
http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Due-process-a-casualty-in-Buddy-the-Dog-hearing-5059999.php?cmpid=hpenpromo

Due process took a beating Wednesday in Municipal Court 4.

The life of a beloved family pet was at stake. Buddy the Dog, a 6-year-old golden retriever mix, has been sitting in an Animal Care Services kennel for six weeks, ever since he attacked a 9-year-old girl in the parking lot of a Northwest Side apartment complex.

The girl suffered a gash on her right cheek, a cut on her lower lip, and a scratch across the lower eyelid of her right eye.

Buddy has been described by neighbors and his 83-year-old owner, Homer Mojica, as a friendly dog with no history of aggression. Even the girl’s mother – who has retained an attorney for a possible civil suit against Mojica and his wife, Kathryn – testified that she had never seen Buddy do anything aggressive before the day of the attack.

Mojica said the incident happened after the girl grew excited and beganscreaming in Buddy’s face, while the girl’s mother characterized it as an out-of-the-blue attack. She described the attack as a bite, but Mojica said he believes the injuries were caused by scratches.

Mojica took the stand and spoke in painstaking detail about his love for the dog. He talked about how he walked Buddy four times a day, fed him treats by the breakfast table while Mojica read the morning paper, and set up a blanket on his bed so Buddy could join him every afternoon while Mojica watched television.

You would think that the life of a dog so prized by a conscientious owner would warrant the most informed decision possible. But it didn’t happen that way.

Three weeks ago, Municipal Court Judge Daniel Guerrero rescheduled a hearing on Buddy’s case so the Mojicas’ attorney, Michelle Maloney, could file motions asking for a jury trial, an independent medical evaluation of the girl, and an expert behavioral evaluation of Buddy, among other things.

Guerrero then went on vacation while the motions gathered dust, and the municipal court refused to allow another judge to rule in his place.

All the while, Buddy sat in a cold kennel. At the beginning of Wednesday’s hearing, Maloney again pushed for these evaluations, and Guerrero rejected her motions. Net effect: The three-weekbreak had been pointless.

The city’s case against Buddy was thin, the kind of thin case you settle for when the facts don’t cooperate with your argument. The city provided no medical testimony on the girl’s injuries, relying solely on ACS investigator Jessica Travis, who never examined the girl and merely saw photos of her.

In fact, the blown-up, close-up photos of the girl’s face, taken after the Nov. 1 attack, were the stars of the city’s case. It’s worth noting,however, that the girl was also in the courtroom for Wednesday’s hearing, and she seemed in good spirits, with scars that were barely visible.

Guerrero came away convinced that a bite had occurred and that the evidence met the state’s “serious bodily injury” threshold, and he ordered the dog’s execution. (Maloney won Buddy a reprieve by filing a temporary restraining order immediately after the hearing.)

Guerrero’s judgments were questionable, but, in fairness to the judge, the state’s “serious bodily injury” statute is a legal landmine.

It doesn’t take into account the possibility that the dog may have been provoked; it defines “serious bodily injury” as the product of “severe bite wounds or severe ripping and tearing of a muscle,” while giving judges enough interpretive leeway to order euthanasia in cases such as this one; it precludes the possibility of an appeal; and it offers no chance for the owners to save their dog by accepting “dangerous dog” restrictions.

That’s why Maloney will soon challenge the constitutionality of the law.

During the hearing, city attorneys rhetorically asked Mojica if the girl “deserved” the injuries she suffered, knowing full well that the question had nothing to do with the issue at hand.

Of course, the girl did not deserve the attack, and the experience must have been a frightening one for her and her parents. The real question, though, was whether a solution could be found that ensured the safety of Mojica’s neighbors without giving Buddy a death sentence.

If such a solution existed, Guerrero couldn’t find it.
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December 7, 2013

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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RPOA encourages members to send newspapers commentaries and
letters-to-editors regarding all animal issues. We offer our extensive animal expertise as a community service and strive to keep facts on the table. A reasonable voice in the midst of the animal “rights” propaganda
machine! Thanks to San Antonio Express-News for publishing our “Another
View” below:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/ACS-fostering-article-alarming-5042208.php
Or Tiny URL:
http://tinyurl.com/mvbdeh8

“ACS fostering article alarming.”
By Mary Beth Duerler, For the Express-News
December 6, 2013
SAN ANTONIO – Re: “Fostering gets animals off streets, into homes,”
(Front Page, December 2)

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance finds the article on fostering dogs from
Animal Care Services (ACS) to be alarming. A family with great intentions,
but it includes three children under age 10 and three large dogs. The
picture of a 2-year-old holding Ty, their personal rescued/adopted dog, by
the collar (almost nose to her nose) is a disaster waiting to happen.

To most dogs (especially males), staring directly into their eyes at close
range is a challenge; so it is a natural reaction for the dog to bite a
child in the face. These are animals and not “little people in fur coats.”

There is a tremendous liability for the city here. ACS recently declared
“Buddy,” beloved pet of an elderly gentlemen, to be a dangerous dog on death
row for a similar situation where a child provoked the attack, a point
supported by an affidavit from a couple in the neighborhood.

Reportedly, Ty has had distemper, described as a virus that affects his
respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, and will receive
medication twice daily forever. Muscles on his scalp constantly pulse, jaws
never stop chomping and Ty has broken teeth from having violent seizures.

Not the perfect pet for three small children – in addition to the fact that
three large dogs constitute a “pack” in the dog world. We can’t save every
animal at ACS.

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance has been in the trenches dealing with San
Antonio’s animal problems for 23 years, attempting to keep the truth on the
table in order to solve problems. Cats are now exempt from most ordinance
provisions and protected with licensed Feral Cat Colonies, so do the math.
ACS doesn’t pick up animals anymore unless sick, injured or biting; doesn’t
loan out traps; nor cover any of Bexar County as before. It’s all a shell
game with ACS, and they never mention that animals “must” be confined to
their owner’s property in the city! A really novel idea.

Mary Beth Duerler is executive director of the Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance.
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November 27, 2013

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Giving Thanks for RPOA’s Blessings in Texas!

RPOA is thankful for many things this year. It’s been 22 years and who
knew?
Who knew that the “vegan” Humane Society of the US and their affiliated
Texas Humane Legislation Network with their radical agenda to end all use, breeding, sales and “ownership” of animals would ever get a toe-hold in our
beloved state of Texas. But they did with TX HB 1451 (HSUS Anti-Breeding
Dog and
Cat bill). The extremists have infiltrated all Texas city, county, state
governments, and the Texas State Bar Animal Section.
Link to our “Guardians, Not Pet Owners” Flyer:
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/Brochurs_Flyers/Flyer%20-%20Guardian.pdf

While speaking to a San Antonio bird club, RPOA was once asked: “How did
they get this far?” Our response was: “We let them!” We’ve always had the
numbers
but it was such an extreme agenda that few believed it would ever affect
them. If you have a pet today, you can keep your pet – for now! But
there’s no “period.” What about future pets if all breeding and sales are
outlawed? California is the canary in the coal mine with such laws.

It’s mind boggling to watch the cult-like never ending dedication of the
Animal Rights Movement. Usually supported by misguided young single females
who don’t realize they are pawns of an insidious international organization
working toward a meatless, petless society someday. The answer is to expose this Movement for what it really is and educate elected officials and media.
Take back animal issues!

This year RPOA is thankful for:
1) Your financial and vocal support which enabled us to form two
organizations: Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (C3 Nonprofit) and RPOA
Texas Outreach (C4 Nonprofit).

2) Our office at 900 NE Loop 410 #311-D in San Antonio, which has a $40,000
annual budget, including a part-time Program Coordinator and a Volunteer
Executive Director.

3) Our PET CARE Hotline for animal owners with problems, dial (210)
PET-CARE.

4) Our members who have become proactive in their communities, using their
animal expertise in many ways for animal “welfare.”

5) For the trust of elected officials who seek solutions to animal
problems. We keep facts on the table. RPOA has been monitoring and
documenting the failure of Texas “animal rights” legislative proposals since
the first Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Breeder Permit proposal hit San Antonio
in 1991 (which was defeated). We know what works and what doesn’t work.

May God Bless Our Efforts and may we continue to grow in the coming year!
Our animals are depending upon us. We built it and hope you will come.
Please join us.
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November 22, 2013

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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November 22, 2013

San Antonio is livng up to their reputation as an Anti-Pet Texas City! To
help “SAVE BUDDY,” email:
City Manager Sheryl Sculley
citymanager@sanantonio.gov
Mayor Julian Castro
Julian.Castro@sanantonio.gov
with “SAVE BUDDY” in the subject line. Thanks!
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San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio, Texas

PURO SAN ANTONIO!
By Columnist Gilbert Garcia
ggarcia@express-news.net
November 22, 2013

http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Local-attorney-fights-to-save-Buddy-the-Dog-5000114.php
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Local attorney fights to save Buddy the Dog!

Buddy the Dog has been quarantined in an Animal Care Services kennel for the
last 20 days. He is awaiting his execution.

Buddy is a 6-year-old, brown-and-white Golden Retriever mix, described by
his owners and neighbors as a friendly dog with no history of aggression.

“He’s been like a son to me,” said Homer Mojica, his devoted, 82-year-old
co-owner. “I’m retired, and he stays with me all day and night and watches
TV with me.”

ACS has been holding Buddy, however, ever since the day that Mojica took him
by leash for his daily afternoon walk near their Northwest Side apartment
complex, and Buddy bit a 9-year-old girl walking with her mother.

Mojica insists that the attack happened after the girl screamed in Buddy’s
face and startled him, a point supported by an affidavit from a couple in
Mojica’s apartment complex but disputed by the girl’s family. The girl has a
small laceration on her cheek and stitches around her eye, according to
sources.

Unfortunately, the way this case is playing out, the facts don’t really
matter. ACS is pursuing the case under a provision in the state’s Health
and Safety Code, which stipulates that if a dog causes “serious bodily
injury” to a person, a court can “order the dog destroyed.”

ACS representatives declined to comment on the case.

The “serious bodily injury” provision does not take into account the
possibility that a dog could be provoked into attack, and it provides no
chance for the dog owners to appeal a decision. “Serious bodily injury,” a
term with no fixed or clear definition, is all that needs to be determined
to put the dog to death.

It’s a law that contradicts but supersedes the “dangerous dogs” provision in
this city’s municipal code that declares that if a dog commits an
“unprovoked attack,” the owner must muzzle the dog in public and post a
$100,000 bond to cover any injuries inflicted by the dog.

The “dangerous dogs” standard not only spares dogs from execution, it also
allows the owners to appeal a municipal-court decision if they disagree with
the verdict.

Last year, local attorney Michelle Maloney successfully used the “dangerous
dogs” provision to launch an appeal on behalf of Marley the Lab, a dog
initially accused of biting a young girl but later determined to be
protecting the girl from a pit-bull attack.

Maloney has become this city’s go-to attorney in animal-rights cases, and
she’s challenging the constitutionality of the “serious bodily injury”
provision in an effort to save Buddy from being euthanized.

In her Nov. 18 pretrial motion to Municipal Court 4 Judge Daniel Guerrero,
Maloney argued that “pets are property in the eyes of the law” in Texas, and
the “serious bodily injury” standard unfairly allows property to be taken
from owners.

Guerrero disregarded the argument, but Maloney is gearing up for an appeal
that has the potential to reach the Texas Supreme Court.

“The ‘serious bodily injury’ hearing is scary from a constitutional
standpoint because it doesn’t explicitly have a right-of-appeal in it, which
means a municipal-court judge can come in and rubber-stamp ACS’ actions,”
Maloney said.

“If someone comes up and kicks your dog 20 times and your dog bites, the
city can still take your dog away and euthanize them,” she added.

By its very nature, this case deals with sensitive issues. For any parent,
the safety of their children is of paramount importance, and no one would
want to suggest that a young child should be blamed for an attack inflicted
on them, regardless of what provoked the attack.

At the same time, what animal lover would support the idea of having their
pet put to death in a disputed case without the chance for an appeal?

“The lack of due process is frightening, and the individuals that are
prosecuting these cases don’t even know the statute,” said Kelly Reid Walls
with Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

Maloney said Mojica and his wife Kathryn feel bad about the incident and are
more than willing to pay the child’s medical bills.

“They just don’t want their dog killed,” she said.
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November 18th, 2013

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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Don’t Mess With Texas Pets!

This Thursday (November 21st), San Antonio City Council will vote on Agenda
Items 24 and 25 animal ordinance proposals opposed by Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance. We issued a press release today as San Antonio “John Q. Pet
Owner” doesn’t know anything about it. San Antonio residents already pay
taxes for animal control and the city shouldn’t consider our pets to be an
additional source of revenue.

Instead of picking up dogs roaming the city and terrorizing neighborhoods,
Animal Care Services (ACS) wants more laws! Between animal “rights”
extremists, city and state governments, pet ownership is being legislated
out of existence. Our problem is “pet retention.” Legislation always has
unintended consequences resulting in more animals impounded, not fewer
animals.

ACS Proposals for Chapter 5 Animal Ordinance:
1) ALL impounded dogs and cats must be sterilized at owner expense; 30 day
agreement upon release. Changes existing ordinance for second impoundment
to first impoundment.
2) Reduces “hold time” from 3 days to 2 days before adoption or release to
rescuers and fosters.
3) Hold Time will remain 3 days before killing animals.
4) Upon intake, ACS becomes legal “owner” of all impounded animals under 4
months of age.

ACS Proposal for Chapter 20 provides mechanism to sue pet owners for animal
control ordinance violations, providing a new revenue stream for cities:

1) New state law SB 654 passed which allows cities to issue Civil
Citations for Water Conservation and Animal Control Ordinances.
2) Opposed by: Texas Veterinary Medical Association and Responsible Pet
Owners Alliance.
3) Supported by: Robert (Skip) Trimble with Texas Humane Legislation
Network, Texas Municipal League, Cities of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and
Texas Apartment Association.
4) Allows Civil Citations for animal control violations instead of existing
Criminal Citations.
5) Covers ordinance violations, such as pet limits, permit violations,
dangerous dogs, nuisance and animal cruelty laws with possible penalties of
$1,000 per day per violation plus fees and court costs. Could lead to
astronomical amounts.
6) Allows legal injunctions, default judgments, court costs, fees and
fines assessed which will go into a special ACS Fund.
7) Low income pet owners cannot pay these heavy fines, fees and
judgments.
8) Existing Criminal Citations have higher burden of proof than civil
matters. So this makes it easier and more profitable for cities.
Concerned pet owners may email Asst. City Manager Erik Walsh to express
their opinions:
Erik.Walsh@sanantonio.gov

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November 17, 2013

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From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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Waco Animal Ordinance Alert!

RPOA often receives inquiries regarding Texas animal ordinances from
out-of-state animal owners moving to our state. Waco has been added to the
list of Texas Anti-Pet Cities on our RPOA Texas Outreach website:
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/AntiPetCities.htm .
Dallas, Fort Worth and others will be added as time permits with links to
their anti-pet ordinances. (Cities can be removed by amending their
ordinances.)

As we predicted, what passed in Waco won’t stay in Waco! Similar
regulations for mandatory dog and cat spay/neuter and microchips have now
been adopted in Waco suburbs: Hewitt and Bellmead.
Assistant City Manager Wiley Stem has requested that all Waco veterinarians
and dog and cat breeders be notified that their Animal Shelter has initiated
“full enforcement of the dog and cat breeder exemption” to their mandatory
spay/neuter requirement. Stem says that there have been several instances in the past two weeks where pet owners were attempting to retrieve an intact
pet without the required documentation.

The exemption requires that impounded animals from “breeders, breeder pets
or show dogs and cats” must be microchipped and the owner have in their
possession upon reclaiming the animal an up-to-date Health Statement from a
Veterinarian. These “breeder” terms have no definition in the ordinance, so
undoubtedly every Waco dog and cat owner will try to claim the exemption!
The new information and Health Statement form is available on the City’s
website at
http://www.waco-texas.com/animal-control-ordinances.asp.
This is a one-time-only exemption and second impoundment means pet
sterilization at the owner’s expense after paying all reclaim fees.

However when you go to the website link (above) that Wiley Stem sent out, it
becomes confusing as there is NO reference to “impounded” animals anywhere.
It’s titled: “Exceptions to Ordinance, Breeders” and says:
“Breeder pets” (not defined) must be microchipped and have a
veterinarian-issued Health Statement issued at least once every two years.
(This time span isn’t in ordinance.) Each puppy or kitten must be
microchipped by four months of age and have the Health certificate upon sale
or transfer. *** Breeders must have this information available upon
request by law enforcement or animal control. ***
It’s the new owner’s responsibility to obtain these documents from the
breeder upon transfer.

Wiley Stem told RPOA that the ordinance has NOT been changed but will not
reply further to our emails regarding the difference between the website
info and the ordinance itself. So it is up to Waco breeders to get
clarification – that is if they dare to be identified. Some in Waco feel
the city will not enforce their new stringent pet sterilization provision as
long as the animals aren’t impounded. Good luck with that!
NOTE: The ordinance clearly states that “the animal control officer or
agents will seize/impound all animals found in violation of any provision of
this new ordinance.”
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November 7, 2013

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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NOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR FULL ATTENTION! We’re hearing back from many of you
(understandably so) wanting more information regarding Associated Dog Clubs
of New York State, Inc. (ADCNYS), the organization leading the effort to
file an injunction blocking enforcement of the onerous USDA/APHIS Rule
affecting many small hobby breeders of all species of pets. Since we only
have approximately 10 days until APHIS begins enforcement November 18, time
is of the essence to receive donations for this effort.

AKC stated in their October Board Meeting Minutes that staff will carefully monitor how the rule is implemented and enforced to determine true impact on
breeders and whether further action by AKC will be necessary to protect
their rights. Some of us are very tired of simply waiting and watching HSUS
carry out their never ending agenda driven campaign to end all pet breeding
and sales in the U.S.

FYI ADCNYS is:
1. An AKC state federation (as is Responsible Pet Owners Alliance)
http://www.akc.org/governmentrelations/federations.cfm
2. Founded in 1971 with membership of all types of AKC clubs, independent
dog fancier organizations in good standing with AKC, or any nationally
recognized registry. Including associate memberships for supporters of
their objectives.
3. An “Active” New York State Domestic Not-For-Profit Corporation. DOS ID
#: 308718. Exempt from Federal taxes under IRC Code 501(c)(3)(7).
4: Complete information and PayPal donations for the Injunction Initiative
can be found at: www.keepourdomesticanimals.com

Checks can be made payable to ADCNYS, mailed to Treasurer:
Jeannette O’Hanlon
304 Beaver Dam Road
Selkirk, NY 12158-9785

Leaders in this effort are: Sandy MacIntosh-Feret, Judy Kelsey and their attorney, Frank Losey. Some of you may know them as Judy and Sandy have bred dogs for over 40 years and are respected as Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)  AKC breed judges. Sandy reports that money is pouring in from all over the U.S. and other countries and we are going to make this happen! Sandy Mac says “We will stand up and fight for our rights, no more will we take the wait and see road and be pounded with regulations that will make most of us get out of breeding dogs. Stand together, Stand proud!”

Man, RPOA loves this woman! Can we steal her for our Texas battles?

More on USDA’s Ruling here:
http://www.akc.org/governmentrelations/usda_aphis.cfm
But remember the USDA rule applies to almost all pets, not only dogs! “Breeding Females” includes total breeding females of all species on premises.As usual this new USDA regulation is the result of Humane Society of the US lobbying at all levels of government to regulate pet ownership out of existence! “Breeding females” is not defined and at the discretion of USDA inspectors. Sounds like our Texas HB 1451 Dog and Cat Breeder Bill! Frank Losey reports that one of the USDA employees making those decisions “case by case” is Sarah L. Conant (a former HSUS Litigation Attorney) who has signed letters to breeders that assessed fines in excess of $90,000!
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November 6, 2013

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

Associated Dog Clubs of NYS dares to tread where no one else seems brave
enough to go … taking the lead to halt the onerous USDA/APHIS RULE which
takes effect November 18. Donations for the injunction can be made with
PayPal and more information found on the website:
http://www.keepourdomesticanimals.com/ Please support this effort below to preserve our historic relationship with
animals.
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Dear friends,
The recently passed
USDA APHIS rule, despite what it claims, presents a threat to hobby
breeders by classifying them as commercial sellers/stores who should be
regulated and inspected. Simplified, if you harbor more than four intact
females (this means more than four of all cats, dogs, ferrets,
guinea pigs, etc on your premises; not four of each), and sell a pet
sight unseen, you are a possible target.

The rule is overly complicated, inconsistent, and certainly not easy to
understand. The final interpretation of the rule, its definitions, and
enforcement will
likely be at the sole discretion of APHIS inspectors and staff. While
there are some that may be comfortable with a “wait and see” approach, there are others of us that do not trust the animal rights movement to leave
us alone, and would rather see the entire regulation scrapped.
There is a LEGAL way to do it and the groundwork has been done. The
filing of a federal injunction to halt implementation of this rule is
based not on the rule itself, but on the INCORRECT PROCEDURE this agency
used to pass it. We believe it is cut and dried, we need to file the
injunction to stall the rule’s implementation indefinitely.

Associated Dog Clubs of NYS is spearheading the effort; they have donated
the first $1000 toward the required $10K attorney retainer and have offered
to be listed as the first plaintiff on the suit. There is MUCH
interest in this; many are joining the cause, but we need more help, not
only from dog clubs, but all animal groups. Organizations can be listed as
plaintiffs and make donations, but we need the support of individuals’
donations as well.

Please consider joining the cause, we are all in this together.
Please check: www.keepourdomesticanimals.com and forward this message to
others, encouraging their help as well! Post to FB, send emails, make it go
viral!
THANK YOU.
ADCNYS
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November 4, 2013

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

Senator Tommy Williams has resigned from the Texas Senate and will formally
assume duties as Vice Chancellor of Federal and State Relations at Texas
A&M University on December 2, 2013.

Senator Williams voted “No” to TX HB 1451, the 2011 Humane Society of the
U.S. “Pet Elimination Bill,” (with Senators Fraser, Birdwell, Patrick,
Carona, Huffman, Deuell, Eltife, and Nichols). Unfortunately the bill
passed.

Governor Rick Perry will set an election date to fill the senator’s
unexpired term which runs through 2016. All constituents of former Senator
Williams should express their deep appreciation for his vote supporting pet
ownership and their regret regarding his decision to leave the Senate.
District 4 represents the following counties: Chambers, Jefferson, and
parts of Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery.
RPOA cannot legally endorse candidates but we urge our members in District 4
to educate ALL candidates on the radical “Animal Rights Agenda” to end all
use, breeding and sales of animals for any reason, including pet ownership.
Name names as we meet them every Legislative Session — attempting to
legislate and regulate pet ownership out of existence! ASPCA, HSUS and
their Texas partner Texas Humane Legislation Network lead the pack. This
flyer link below explains the difference between “Animal Welfare vs Animal
Rights” and we encourage distribution to everyone, especially elected
officials.
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/Brochurs_Flyers/Flyer_AW_vs_AR.pdf

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October 29,2013

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

“Who is the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach?” We wear many
hats while promoting and preserving our historic relationship with all
animals. In this case working military dogs is one hat! Note the
statement:
“When you pet them and they just kind of tell you during all this chaos,
‘Hey, it’s going to be all right, confide in me.’ They’re not going to talk
back to you, but they can give you a little taste of home,” …
We can all relate to that!
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MONUMENT TO WORKING MILITARY DOGS UNVEILED
San Antonio Express News
By Sig Christenson
sigc@express-news.net
October 29, 2013

For “must-see” picture of this beautiful monument with four dog breeds:
http://tinyurl.com/lhnrgm6
(Subscribers only for article which is printed below.)

Retired Army Master Sgt. John Burnam’s scout dog Clipper took the point
after a soldier lost a leg to a mine buried in a thicket of rubber trees in
Vietnam.

At first spread out, the GIs formed a single column as the dog weaved left
and right while soldiers in his wake uncovered booby-trap wires and marked
them with toilet paper.
“That’s when they came through the booby-trapped field with my dog, and that
saved us all,” Burnam, of Bethesda, Md., recalled.

Clipper and nearly 4,000 other military working dogs left behind, killed or
euthanized in that long-ago war after going into harm’s way with 10,000
American troops were saluted Monday. At a ceremony that drew 750 people to
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, canine handlers helped unveil the nation’s
first monument to military working dogs.

The monument stands on a 5,000-square-foot plaza at the Lackland parade
field, where fledgling airmen graduate from basic training. Four breeds used
most over the years by U.S. troops are featured, with a statue of a handler
in uniform.

It was a time for celebration, but sadness rooted in bonds forged in combat.

“I always understood his sense of loss, especially to Timber and Clipper,
especially Clipper,” Ray Anthony Burnam of Stockton, Calif., said of his
brother’s two dogs.

“You never forget your dogs,” said handler John Dupla of League City, who
fought alongside Lucky, a Labrador retriever, in 1967-68. “In my case, 45
years, I still think, I feel sad that we left ours behind. They were never
adopted.”

Adopted himself, John Burnam never forgot his time as a German shepherd
handler with the 44th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon. He designed the $2 million
memorial and led an eight-year effort to bring it to life.

The Air Force has used dogs for more than 60 years, and has trained them at
Lackland since 1958. The program has expanded dramatically, with dogs today
trained to detect drugs, explosives, even humans.

Roughly 500 working dogs are at war on any given day, and there are 2,500 in
all, said Collen McGee, a spokeswoman with Lackland’s 37th Training Wing.

Unlike Vietnam, where one dog in Dupla’s unit was killed in action, two
euthanized and another handed off to missionaries, canines today come home.

Air Force Tech Sgt. Leonard Anderson, a two-tour veteran of Afghanistan and
a Purple Heart recipient, got his dog back.

“When things are going bad, when things have really gone bad and you’re
sitting around and trying to figure out what’s next, what’s going to happen,
(you’re) homesick, ready to get home, ready to get out of here, it’s the
ability of that dog to come to you and look at you,” Anderson said.

“When you pet them and they just kind of tell you during all this chaos,
‘Hey, it’s going to be all right, confide in me.’ They’re not going to talk
back to you, but they can give you a little taste of home,” he said.
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October 24, 2013

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
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October 24, 2013

RPOA and NAIA (National Animal Interest Alliance) are quoted in this well
written article below regarding the “Owner” vs “Guardian” issue with our
animals. It doesn’t mince words and defines the difference between Animal
Welfare and Animal “Rights.” Names groups. Writer mistakenly says RPOA is
an affiliated NAIA organization which is incorrect. We’re not affiliated
with any other group, but we are on the same side!
Our quotes are the result of an interview following one of our “PR Newswire”
Press Releases last year and clearly demonstrates how important it is to get
our message to the public and media persons. Unfortunately donations have
been down and we’ve had no funds for PR Newswire this year. An RPOA
fundraising letter is in the mail to all Texas pet clubs, so watch for yours
at your next club meeting. If your club doesn’t receive one, let us know!
We hope you will support our efforts as the coming year is the most
important year of our existence. More on those goals later!

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/are-we-pet-owners-or-guardians/page1.aspx?utm_source=dogcrazynews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DogTraffic&utm_content=DC-20131023-4-[T]&email=kayloma@aol.com
OR
http://tinyurl.com/kjf4dvu

Cities in California, Arkansas, Colorado and the state of Rhode Island have
changed the status of pet owners to “owner/guardians” or just “guardians.”
Saying no one has the inherent right to “own” an animal.
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October 22, 2013

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) website blog supports RPOA’s contention
that the recent USDA ruling to expand USDA licensing to include small hobby
pet breeders resulted from an administrative process started by Humane
Society of the US, Humane Society Legislative Fund, and Doris Day Animal
League. ALDF is a national animal rights organization seeking “personhood”
for animals in our courts to effectively end all use, breeding, sales, and
ownership of animals. ALDF says they and their supporters joined the chorus
commenting in favor of the proposed rule.
Nothing we could have said during the USDA Comment Period would have made
any difference as HSUS had it carved in stone from the beginning. We lost!
Legal action and/or legislative action are now our only options.
Has anyone noticed the similarity in all recent city, state and federal laws
that use “intact” and “breeding” females as a definition for licensing
criteria? All HSUS wording. “Commercial” definitions should apply to
numbers of animals sold as litter sizes depend on the size of breeding dogs.
But who wrote all these laws? HSUS!

ALDF says they are pushing USDA to go even further by implementing robust
enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and will be reviewing their options to
press these issues. More at:
http://aldf.org/blog/usda-closes-internet-sale-loophole-for-pet-breeders-after-pressure-from-animal-groups/
OR
http://tinyurl.com/kme2gl5

Regulations under the USDA Animal Welfare Act are not “basic” animal care
regulations as the radicals proclaim to legislators and media; cannot be met
in most private homes; and were originally written to regulate large sterile
animal research facilities.

If we are to stop the Animal Rights Snowball from Hell, we must be organized
in Texas and elsewhere to block their radical campaign that never sleeps and
never ends. Somehow “our side” has been slow to believe or either felt “it
didn’t affect them.” If it doesn’t now, it’s only a matter of time. It
comes down to including individual pet owners who are passionate about their
pets, whatever the species! Where will well bred, socialized pets come from
in the future? The new USDA rule regulates all species of pet breeders and
is a perfect example of their incremental steps. We have the numbers to
stop them and correct this if we can mobilize our troops. It took HSUS 8
years to get this far and only did it through lies, lobbyists, the “puppy
mill” word, and donations to elected officials. We can defeat them with our
passion for pets, the truth, facts, statistics and reasonable solutions to
animal problems.

RPOA organized in 1991 when a “Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Breeder License”
Ordinance was proposed in San Antonio, immediately following a whirlwind
tour of major Texas cities by Kim Sturla, then “educational director” for
Fund for Animals. (Fund for Animals later merged into Humane Society U.S.
as has Doris Day Animal League and Gretchen Wyler’s group.) Now it’s just
one big happy HSUS family! Sturla also delivered her message to Austin and
Dallas officials who had similar proposals which went nowhere at that time.
However they keep coming back, sorta like Texas fire ants!

The twelve original RPOA founders who met on the steps of City Hall and
readily killed the San Antonio proposal after a year-long battle mistakenly
thought “That’s the end of that!” WRONG! It was only the beginning and
will never be over in our lifetime which is why RPOA exists today.

Many newcomers to this battle don’t appear to understand the agenda nor the
dedication and cult-like mentality of “animal rights.” Facts, reason, and
common sense are not in their vocabulary. Until we educate media and
legislators as to their radical agenda, it will never stop and this can’t be
done without more vocal and financial support from Texas animal owners.
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October 15, 2013

TX RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

Please forward this video link (below) to your “personal” elected state and
federal representatives! If you don’t know who they are, find out and add
them to your address book — if you really care about your animals. Faxes
are also effective; do both!

Two years ago U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (Kansas) exposed HSUS for what they
are: “An Animal Rights group” opposing agriculture! Now we must educate
ALL our legislators that the HSUS campaign is to “end ALL use, breeding,
sales and ownership of animals for any reason, including pet ownership.”
Texas Humane Legislation Network is this state’s partner with HSUS and
ASPCA.

This link was posted by SOUTHERN PAWS, “Keeping Watch on Your Legislators
Lately.” (A Cat Law Blog)
www.southernpaws.org
(This wonderful blog reminded us of the YouTube video below and has tabs at
the top of the screen for RPOA and SAOVA! They are posting all our TX RPOA
E-News messages. What a pleasant surprise!)

Please watch and share this with others as it pertains to USDA’s mission
statement and current events …
http://youtu.be/nodVyu0vIRk

Sen. Moran spoke on the Senate Floor on November 2, 2011
to voice his concerns over an upcoming animal welfare forum to be hosted by
the Animal and Plant Inspection Service – part of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture.
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TX-RPOA E-News October 12, 2013
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach Crossposting is encouraged!

Houston, Texas, Heads Up!
The “Animal Rights” Brigade continues their march across Texas to end all
use, breeding, sales and ownership of animals for any reason, including pet
ownership.
RPOA just received the Houston ordinance proposal yesterday and we’re still
digesting all 66 pages! (Ordinance link is below)

Since any Houston dog or cat breeder who speaks out publicly regarding the new proposal will immediately receive a knock on the door from BARC, it will
be up to all of us elsewhere who vacation and attend Houston area dog and
cat events to protest for them!
Since only 5% to 7% of shelter dogs and less than 1% of shelter cats are
purebreds according to the American Humane Association, banning all
purposeful dog and cat breeding will have little effect on Houston’s number
of impounded animals. Surely being a licensed “commercial” breeding
facility would violate all zoning laws.
For the time being, email Mayor Annise Parker at mayor@houstontx.gov with
your comments. We’ll have more later. Please read Sherry’s comments below
and thanks to all of you for keeping RPOA informed!
________________________

*** Here’s the short part–The City of Houston is getting ready to make all
breeding of dogs and cats illegal. It has already made it illegal to sell a
dog or cat (although I’m only using dog here), just one, without a
commercial breeders permit. The end of this application asks you to assert:
“The above applicant hereby states that he/she is in the business of
breeding or selling dogs or cats on the above property, in the City of
Houston, Texas” So the HOA in your neighborhood could easily force you out
even if the city permits you, especially if the city permits you.
The existing ordinances also make it illegal to sell any unsterilized dog
or cat without a permit. So if you bought a dog from someone and resell it
without a permit, you are subject to whatever penalities the city has for
this offense.

Their new proposal will further extend the restrictions, making
non-commercial breeding illegal. What is that? Any breeding at all. You
can’t even breed an animal and keep the offspring. And there are NO permits
for non-commercial breeding. This is a great Catch-22.
Does anyone besides us care? The person speaking on behalf of BARC at the
presentation that’s online doesn’t seem to think this is an issue. (RPOA:
See links below) He says he doesn’t see any reason for anyone to breed dogs
or cats in the city when the shelter has so many coming in.
I talked to BARC today, to Jarrad? I asked how I could find out who held
breeder’s permits in the city and he told me that information was only
available if I filed a request thru FOI, and even then, he didn’t think I
would get it because it would have to be reviewed by the legal dept. I
asked him how many had been given out, and he said that in the 3 yrs he’d
been there, it was only three at the most. He also expressed his opinion
that no one should be breeding and that anyone who wants a pet should come
to BARC or another shelter. This begs the question of what happens after
the one generation is gone or the extinction of many breeds.
Clearly permits aren’t effective in curbing the problem, so why penalize
all responsible breeders and owners who want a pure-bred dog because of the
irresponsible ones? This merely provides a tool for harrassment and is
clearly unreasonable.
The mayor is running for reelection and she clearly doesn’t see us as a
group with which she should be concerned. This is her regime, these are her
people, and so, this is probably something she supports anyway. She’s
undoubtedly going to win another term, so the only shot at fighting this or
affecting any change for the betterment of Houston dog owners and breeders
is to start trying to work through the city council people.
This is something the people who live in the city will have to do. Those of
us in dog clubs who live outside the city or in other cities have no way to
influence these people. We’re stakeholders only to the extent that we
participate in an event that brings a huge amount of money to the city.
If y’all want to know more about this, you should visit the city of
houston website for BARC. You can locate the new regulations there and also
watch the online presentation. There is another meeting next week which
people should not only attend but should also sign up to speak.

The last round of changes went though without any notice and that’s when the
commercial breeder was introduced without our being able to say a word.
This time, they’ve not been so successful at sneaking this in, and we might
well have a chance to make some changes for the better. One thing is for
sure, if you don’t do anything, this is going to go right through without so
much as a mention, so none of us has anything to lose by speaking out.
*** End of Sherry’s Wallis quotes courtesy of the Akita Club of America

For more information, check out
http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/cac_municipal_code_overview.php

In particular, read the following and note sections 6-1 and 6-120
http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/chapter6draft.pdf

In addition, here are the links to the YouTube videos of the Oct 1 meeting
BARC held on the revisions.

Stakeholders Meeting part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PitN9AZb5mg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUxDQbrMBRsZno5jnDg7kHyw

Stakeholders Meeting part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWHKEd8RDbM&feature=c4-overview&list=UUxDQbrMBRsZno5jnDg7kHyw
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TX-RPOA E-News October 9, 2013
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

FIFTH EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR AND TRADE SHOW is being held
October 11th and 12th (Friday and Saturday)
by “Licensed Breeders and Associates of Texas” (formerly known as Animal Owners Association of Texas).
Place: Mt. Pleasant, Texas
$25 Registration for Entire Seminar.
For more information, contact: President Steve Epperson 903-681-0717

Presentatations by:
Dr. Robert Gibbons (USDA) —pending due to government shutdown
Mike Canning (PIJAC)
Stacy Mason (AKC)
Bob Yarnell (ACA)
Dr. Kesler (Royal Canin)
Dr. Bramblage (Revival)

Presentation by Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation: How Process Works, Citations, Appeals, etc. (regarding new TX Dog & Cat Breeders Law)

8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Lunch each day and Lots of Vendors!
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TX-RPOA E-News October 2, 2013

>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach

Crossposting is encouraged.

RPOA received a copy of this letter (below) to the Waco Chamber of Commerce

from one of our members who has attended many canine sporting events in

nearby McGregor and stayed in various motels in Waco with her dogs at the

time. But “no more” due to the recent Waco ordinance that passed
there. We have permission to use it so please crosspost!

If you wish to join her protest, email Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce at

info@wacochamber.com or snail mail at
the address below
Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce

101 S 3rd St Waco, TX 76701

Ref: new Waco law unfriendly to many visitors

 

Sirs(s):
I am writing to notify the members of your organization (and really the city

of Waco, in general) that the city’s recent passage of such a blatantly

‘Animal Rights agenda driven’ ordinance as to mandate

spay/neuter in ALL dogs/cats above 4 months of age has made many, if not all

of us, in the pet-owning community extremely uncomfortable with spending one

iota of time, much less one penny of our hard-earned US money, in Waco.

It has been my pleasure in the past to partake in canine sporting events in

Waco or nearby McGregor while staying in various motels in Waco

with my dogs. Naturally I also ate my meals there and purchased gas and

sometimes other items while there.
This letter is to serve notice that in the future, as a direct result of

such an ominous anti-pet law as now exists in Waco, I will make EVERY effort

to avoid even passing THROUGH your city.

I will be forwarding copies of this letter to any and every one I can and I

definitely will be asking them to cross-post.

It is high time dog /cat owners/lovers unite against those who stand against

us. Unfortunately, it’s a city in Texas and it’s name is WACO.

Sincerely,

(Name withheld by RPOA because of possible retaliation from extremists

animal groups.)

 

TX-RPOA E-News  October 1, 2013
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

REPOST: IF WE DON’T RECEIVE MORE ENTRIES, THIS TEST WILL HAVE TO BE
CANCELLED. With so many anti-pet cities now, this certificate could prove
to be invaluable for dog owners to present to landlords and insurance
companies!

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance is hosting an All-Breed Temperament Test
(licensed by American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS).

Saturday, November 9, 2013
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Rob Cary Pet Resort
14824 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX

Minimum Age of Dog: 18 Months
Flyer Link:
http://tinyurl.com/l5fpf3k

Entry Fee: $40 (U.S.)
Make checks payable to: RPOA

Mail entries to:
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
900 NE Loop 410 #311
San Antonio, TX 78023
Office Phone: (210) 822-6763

Dogs passing the Temperament Test will be issued a “TT” number and a
certificate from the American Temperament Test Society, Inc.
Permission for holding this event, according to the rules and regulations of
the American Temperament Test Society, has been granted by ATTS.
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Our statewide membership includes concerned “John Q” Pet Owners with all
species of pets (mixed breeds/purebreds); dog, cat, bird clubs from all
national registries; cat and dog fanciers/exhibitors; all species rescuers
and breeders; veterinarians; veterinary technicians; sportsmen;
working/hunting dog breed clubs and individual owners; search & rescue dog
owners; therapy dog owners; guide dog owners; show dog handlers; pet
sitters; dog trainers; pet groomers; boarding kennels and many other animal
interests.

 

TX-RPOA E-News  September 26, 2013
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.

In spite of opposition from the American Kennel Club and RPOA Texas
Outreach, Waco passed their “Animal Friendly Ordinance” August 22nd, but the
ordinance is anything but friendly to pet owners or animals. It’s the usual
national Animal “Rights” legislative agenda that has been a proven failure
for over 20 years. Waco’s animal problem was supposedly loose or stray
animals which these revisions do not address and will surely cause more
animals to be dumped.

MANDATORY SPAY/NEUTER: Waco dog/cat owners are breaking the law if they own
dogs and cats over 4 months of age that are NOT spayed/neutered (NO show
dog exemption). Owners must retain proof of sterilization. The animal
control officer or agents will seize/impound all animals found in violation
of any provision of this ordinance.

Waco rescinded their Intact Animal Permit as San Antonio has done. It is
unenforceable! Unfortunately wasted years go by when cities could address
animal problems with positive messages, programs and services. There is no
silver bullet!

MICROCHIP: Dogs and cats must be microchipped; except community ear tipped
cats. Impounded dogs/cats will be microchipped at owner’s cost, plus
impoundment fees.

IMPOUNDMENT: Dogs/cats will be spayed/neutered if over 4 months of age
prior to release with owner paying cost plus impound fees. First time
impounded animals that belong to a “breeder” (undefined!) are exempt from
spay/neuter if microchipped; has health statement; and pays all impound
fees. Upon second impoundment, animal will be spayed/neutered prior to
being released to owner. Will all these costs encourage reclaims?

The animal control officer may inspect premises prior to the impounded
animal’s return and anytime later to ensure continued compliance; all his
expenses paid by owner. A civil action may be filed to enforce this
chapter.

Health Statement is required for transfer or sale of dogs and cats and
retained by veterinarian and original owner/seller for minimum of 3 years.

ALL animals in the city must have some type of identification. Exempt
animals: mice, rats, rabbits, guineas, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, fowl,
and snakes. Exempt from Running at Large are vaccinated cats wearing id or
left ear tip indicating Trap-Neuter-Return.

The Animal Welfare Advisory Board has authority to hear animal complaints
from residents and place remedial requirements upon animal owners; such as:
Leash & muzzle, sterilization, confinement outdoors, relocation of
confinement area, confinement indoors, signs, insurance, restitution,
training, removal from city, limit or prohibit animal ownership for up to 5
years, and require person to sell, give away or humanely dispose of animals
at issue and state time frame for the owner to comply.

Waco will join San Antonio as an “Anti-Pet Texas City” on our website.
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TX-RPOA E-News  September 25, 2013
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged

From Mary Beth Duerler
TX RPOA E-News Editor

It seems some subscribers didn’t understand Frank Losey’s “Call to Action”
that RPOA sent out yesterday. One email labeled it: “toxic hyperbole, OMG
Call to Battle (undefined) STATIONS!!!! The Sky is Falling, etc.” (Their
Quotes, not mine.)
They complained they couldn’t find anything of substance as to what “I can
do to protect my rights and property.” Then asked RPOA: “Is it your purpose to simply forward emotional outbursts and whip up the masses, or do
you mean to add value?”
Yes, yes to all of the above!

Primarily Losey’s message was an attempt to reach our silent majority about
“unity” and standing strong against the Animal Rights Industry. In other
words, “Get Ready” and calling for a federal judge to issue an injunction,
which requires major funding from national groups. It was to give us hope
that we can do something if we are united.
We’ve been issuing specific action alerts until we’re blue in the face and
rest assured they will come at the appropriate time.

The AR Industry is divided somewhat but always join hands for their radical
legislative agenda at all levels of government. Perhaps few subscribers
know that animal welfare groups are terribly divided on the state/national
levels and have been overcome with “apathy” until now. We’re losing in
Texas and on the federal level with this recent USDA ruling.

Every Texas animal interest group has only been concerned about their personal interests at the Legislature each session; such as the Farm Bureau,
TX Veterinary Medical Association, Ranchers (hunting/breeding exotics),
Cattle Raisers, Assistance Animals and Search & Rescue groups, etc.

Commercial breeders have felt show/hobby breeders should be USDA regulated
as they are regulated. Show/hobby/performance breeders have felt they were
superior to commercial breeders. Pet stores and backyard breeders fall
somewhere in-between and have been badmouthed by everyone.
Show/hobby/performance breeders cannot supply enough purebreds to satisfy
the pet demand. Pets have a short life cycle and must be replaced. The
fanatics seem to believe that every dog or cat born lives forever.

I assure you, we feel your pain but
RPOA and other state federations all over the U.S. have been calmly telling
show/hobby/performance breeders and all pet animal owners the sky is falling
for over 20 years and few paid any attention. So perhaps it’s time to
shout. It IS now or never as Frank says because the Animal Rights Industry
isn’t near through with us yet. There is no “win this battle” and win the
“war.” It is forever if we are to preserve our historic relationship with
animals. We must all look at the overall picture. Animal Rights means no
animals left!

RPOA has known this was coming and it’s the reason we formed in 1991 – to
become a reasonable voice regarding all animal issues and to solve animal
problems IN TEXAS before pet ownership is regulated out of existence here.
It is absolutely essential that we become a strong Texas group to counter
the anti-pet, anti-b
http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Animal-rights-activists-go-too-far-5978128.php

http://tinyurl.com/ppzscj7

Animal rights activists go too far
Mary Beth Duerler, For the Express-News : December 25, 2014

What do puppy mills, SeaWorld, the Primate Research Center, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the San Antonio Zoo have in common?

They’re all under attack from the cult-like Animal Rights Movement and its radical agenda to end all use, breeding, sales and ownership of animals for any reason. Whether you eat them, wear them or pet them! The recent misinformed letter regarding puppy mills (Your Turn, Dec. 14) and the SeaWorld letter (Your Turn, Dec. 15) are appalling. This is in addition to recent Lucky (the zoo elephant) letters and attacks on the Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s Southwest National Primate Research Center, where researchers are working on the development of an ebola vaccine.

The SeaWorld letter compliments its rescue of the manatee in Baytown recently, but laments, “Now if SeaWorld would just stop making intelligent creatures in their charge perform cheap and degrading circus tricks, we would have something to be really excited about.”

These fanatics will never be happy until SeaWorld closes its doors forever, along with the above mentioned animal interests. Animals are easily trained to interact with humans for food or other positive reinforcement and love the interaction.

In 2011, a misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill passed at the Texas Legislature in spite of our opposition. The “commercial” word was removed in the first committee hearing, as the bill progressed with irregularities, lies and coercion until passage. It never contained the “puppy mill” word! I believe the new law was written to shut down all purposeful breeding of dogs and cats in our state as USDA/APHIS regulations cannot be met in a home setting and are required by statute. The regulations are not just simple basic care of animals as publicly stated. No animal shelter, city animal control, veterinary clinic, or rescue group in our state meets these requirements, and we intend to get changes this session.

A world without our pets is not acceptable to us!

Mary Beth Duerler is executive director of the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance.

TX-RPOA E-News
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
April 26, 2015
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If anyone can attend these meetings, please let us know. Bills “pending” in
committee means a public hearing has been held, but bill has not passed out
of committee. However these bills can then pass quickly at any time without
public notice. More information and text on all animal bills can be found
on our website: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org under the “2015 TX Legislature”
Tab. The Legislature adjourns June 1st so we’re almost there, but now
things really get frantic in a mad rush to get bills passed before then!
Find your legislators in the Search Box at www.capitol.state.tx.org . Keep
them informed from their web page on the site, by phone or fax, as your
voice is the most important one they’ll hear. All committee members are on
our RPOA Texas Outreach website above and if your legislator is serving on
any of the committees mentioned below, your voice is especially important!

Upcoming Public Hearings for Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

1) SUPPORT: HB 593 by Nicole Collier (D), Relating to animal encounter
training for peace officers.
Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Set for 1:30 PM or ADJ., E1.016.
Passed House, now being heard in Senate Committee instead of SB 1637, filed
by John Whitmire (D), Relating to animal encounter training for peace
officers.
Whitmire’s bill was similar, but not identical.

2) OPPOSE: SB 708 by Sylvia Garcia (D), adding public nuisance and
aggressive dogs to existing dangerous dog regulations, authorizing fees,
creating offenses. Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
Committee, Set for 9:00 AM, E1.012.
(Companion Bill HB 1800 has stalled in committee! See below.)

STATUS ON BILLS OF CONCERN:
3. OPPOSE HB 234 by Jessica Farrar (D), Relating to costs associated with
proceedings regarding cruelly treated animals.
Passed House Committee and Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar.

4. OPPOSE HB 235 by Jessica Farrar (D), Relating to an Animal Abuser
Registry, similar to Sex Offenders Registry.
“Pending” in House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. VERY BAD BILL!

5. SUPPORT HB 1436 by John Smithee (R), Relating to appeals regarding
dangerous dogs.
Passed and Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar. VERY GOOD BILL!

6. OPPOSE HB 1800 by Armando Walle (D), adding public nuisance and
aggressive dogs to existing dangerous dog regulations, authorizing fees,
creating offenses. (Companion Bill SB 708) Committee action “pending”
House Urban Affairs. VERY BAD BILL!

7. OPPOSE HB 2562 by Kenneth Sheets (R), Relating to tethering dogs and
care of ALL outdoor unattended dogs (which is not being publicized!).
Committee action “pending” House Public Health. VERY BAD BILL!

8. OPPOSE HB 3963 by Jessica Farrar (D), Establishment and functions of an
Animal Welfare Commission.
Committee action “pending” House Urban Affairs. VERY BAD BILL!

9. OPPOSE SB 908 by Judith Zaffirini (D), Establishment and functions of an
Animal Welfare Commission. (Companion Bill HB 3963)
No hearing yet, assigned to Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs
Committee. VERY BAD BILL!

10. OPPOSE SB 1781 by Jose Menendez, Relating to euthanasia as a last
resort in city or county animal shelters.
Placed on Senate Calendar for Floor Vote. This is not a major bill for us,
but could lead to overcrowding in shelters and RPOA feels this is best left
to
shelter directors’ discretion. Empty kennels/cages are necessary for
incoming animals and sterilization purposes at times.

11. SUPPORT 1855 by Eddie Lucio (D), Relating to appeals regarding
dangerous dogs. (Companion Bill HB 1436)
Committee action “pending” Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
VERY GOOD BILL!

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