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ACTION ALERT! They Are Taking Away Our Rights!

ACTION ALERT!

HB 3180, the Puppy and Kitten Breeder/Dealer/ Pet Sales/Lemon Law Bill, is
scheduled for a hearing at 8:00 AM Wednesday, April 1st in Austin. It will
be held in Room E2.016 in the Capitol Extension (2nd floor,) before the
Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee.

Detailed maps of the Capitol Layout, all floors, visitors parking, restrooms, etc are on our website: www.rpoatexasoutrea ch.org under the Lobby Day Link.

We must have lots of “warm bodies” to back up our speakers and try to kill this bill in committee. Martin Kralik and James Dark will be representing and speaking for Responsible Pet Owners Alliance. You can sign a card in
opposition to this bill and don’t have to speak. If you cannot attend this hearing, please call, fax and email (all three!) to ALL committee members – until noon Wednesday. Contact info and talking points are listed below.
Email rpoa@texas.net if you can attend.

In fighting bad legislation, it is NOT advisable to “make it palatable” and harder to defeat. You kill bad bills as written. Please repeat the following sentence in all correspondence to legislators as Californians did with AB 1634, which was eventually defeated after 8 revisions. “This bill is fundamentally flawed and cannot be fixed with amendments!”
Also tell them that HSUS and Texas Humane Legislation Network do NOT represent you.

* You’ve been told this is a “Puppy Mill” Bill. That is not true. It is a pet bill and will affect anyone selling one dog or cat. Under “Retail Sales of Dogs & Cats” the definition of “dealer” includes a person who is “required to pay sales tax for the sale of animals,” which includes every sale in Texas. We’ve been told rescuers are required to collect sales taxes.

* We’ve all been told by Texas Humane Legislation Network and HSUS that
this bill doesn’t affect “hobby” breeders which is a lie. Yes, it does! Numbers set on intact female dogs or cats allowed are irrelevant as they’ll be back every session until they legislate pet ownership out of existence.

* If this bill were “necessary to protect public health and safety” as claimed, it would include all animal shelters and animal control facilities
that sell animals, yet they are exempt! Parvovirus, Distemper, Kennel Cough, external and internal parasites and other diseases are rampant in animal shelters and animal control facilities. We know because we take these animals into our Rescue Program, rehabilitate them and find them new loving homes. Veterinary bills average $400 to $1,000. How about this bill addressing that?

* Raids and animal seizures from breeders, rescuers and “hoarders” with substandard conditions are made on a regular basis in Texas with existing local and state Animal Cruelty Laws. A new state department with personnel, office expense, equipment, vehicles and facilities is an unnecessary burden on taxpayers.

* This is a national “animal rights” legislative agenda to end all dog and cat breeding. HSUS’s stated goal is to get this legislation proposed in 34 states this year. To date they’ve succeeded in 16 states, including Texas.

* All animal control advisory boards in Texas are “stacked” by these extremists – just as the Advisory Committee described in HB 3180 will be. A directory is to be published of all licensed facilities which will lead to harassment from Animal Rights Extremists.

* John Stossel and his 20/20 TV Program did an expose on the SPCA of Texas regarding seizures of animals that were not being cruelly treated but were seized anyway. The 20/20 Program had a veterinarian pose as their cameraman for the expose.

* Animal seizures are big fundraisers for humane societies who lobbied in 2003 to change state law disallowing animal owners the right to appeal a hearing when their animals were confiscated. We’re attempting to get that changed this session to allow an appeal with HB 1046 by Mark Homer. Texas Humane Legislation Network is vigorously opposing Homer’s bill.

* Animal Rights Extremists work to get their legislation passed and then volunteer to enforce it, using it as a “tool” for harassment of animal
owners. Palm Beach County, FL, is providing used uniforms to vigilante animal rights activists to enforce their spay/neuter ordinance and hobby breeders permit. It is being considered by Dallas and San Antonio Animal Control Departments where onerous ordinances passed recently.

* The bill states that the new state department may designate a local animal control authority or local humane society agent to enter private
property (our homes) for investigations and inspections with no prior notice. Licensing of breeders and dealers allows access to premises without a search warrant. This is not acceptable to us.

* If legislators vote “yes” to HB 3180, it will be political suicide in Texas. Animal Rights Extremists are approximately 1% of the population. At least 60% of Texas families own pets who have become members of their
family. Coupled with the Mandatory Pet Spay/Neuter Bill filed by Senator Van de Putte, the extremists’ agenda should be fully exposed at this session of the legislature.

* Brokers and Commercial Breeders that sell to pet shops are already regulated under USDA regulations. This bill is duplication.

* Retired hobby breeders worked their entire lives to be able to devote full time to their hobby and participate weekends in AKC and UKC events; such as Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Tracking,
Earthdog, Coonhound, Herding, Lure Coursing, Field and Hunting Trials, and
Junior Showmanship. The Animal Rights Movement wants to end all that.

* This type of legislation is very divisive among animal groups at a time when we should all be working together for animal welfare. However animal welfare obviously isn’t the real goal of all groups. The extremists’ goal is to end all use, breeding and ownership of animals for any reason, including pet ownership.

Capitol Address for all:
P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768

COPY OF HB 3180:
http://www.capitol. state.tx. us/tlodocs/ 81R/billtext/ html/HB03180I. htm

HB 3180 Author: Senfronia Thompson, District 141, Houston
Phone: (51…
Fax: (512) 463-6306
Email: senfronia.thompson@ house.state. tx.us

Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Clerk: Brittney Thomas
Phone: (51…
Room Number: EXT E2.156

Committee members:

Chairman: Rep. Edmund Kuempel
Capitol Office: CAP 3N.06
Phone: (51…
FAX: (512) 463-1260
Email: edmund.kuempel@ house.state. tx.us

Vice Chair: Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Capitol Office: 3S.6, Capitol Building
Phone: (512) 463-0720
FAX: (512) 463-6306
Email: senfronia.thompson@ house.state. tx.us

Rep. Warren Chisum
Capitol Office: CAP GW.15
Phone: (512) 463-0736
FAX: (512) 463-0211
Email: warren.chisum@ house.state. tx.us

Rep. Charlie Geren
Capitol Office: EXT E2.308
Phone: (512) 463-0610
FAX: (512) 463-8310
Email: Charlie.geren@ house.state. tx.us

Rep. Roland Gutierrez
Capitol Office: EXT E1.316
Phone: (512) 463-0452
FAX: (512) 463-1447
Email: roland.gutierrez@ house.state. tx.us

Rep. Mike Hamilton
Capitol Office: EXT E2.310
Phone: (512) 463-0412
FAX: (512) 463-1915
Email: mike.hamilton@ house.state. tx.us

Rep. Delwin Jones
Capitol Office: CAP 3S.2
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0542
FAX: (512) 463-0671
Email: delwin.jones@ house.state. tx.us

Rep. Jose Menendez
Capitol Office: EXT E2.204
Phone: (512) 463-0634
FAX: (512) 463-7668
Email: jose.menendez@ house.state. tx.us

Rep. Chente Quintanilla
Capitol Office: EXT E1.218
Phone: (512) 463-0613
FAX: (512) 463-1237
Email: chente.quintanilla@ house.state. tx.us

RPOA Texas Outreach (501C4 Nonprofit)
www.rpoatexasoutrea ch.org
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (501C3 Nonprofit)
www.responsiblepeto wners.org

3 Responses to “ACTION ALERT! They Are Taking Away Our Rights!”

  1. 1
    Kathi:

    There are a few of us in East Texas that are breathing a sigh of relief…but we also know that it is not over.  We have to stay on top of this and not let these fanatics do this to us.  Most points of this bill do not effect me as I’m pretty small at this time, but I do have a big probem with anyone having the right to come on my private property to search and or sieze my very healty happy dogs.  This violates the Constitution of the United States.  I am very happy that we have won this first round…but I know that round two wil  be tougher and we have to ban together to fight this

  2. 2
    Waked:

    You think you got problems?  There are innocent dogs and people getting shot at!Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett and Vice Mayor Howard Weinberg – closet dog haters – help to cover up a shooting at a dog?  Whitewash?  Under the rug?  What kind of training and professionalism does this reflect what is going on maybe underneath its all about money and politicianshttp://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=124223
    Check it out its incredible
    An innocent dog gets shot at by a Surfside Florida officer and its not even in Surfside and the dog does not even attack or even show agressiveness
    An innocent woman who happens to be a Surfside resident gets shot in the neck
    Its not even in Surfside it happens in Hialeah Florida
    Who goes to get their mail with a gun
    Who shoots at an innocent dog and hits an innocent woman
    Who pays for that “take home car” a police car given by taxpayers to officers to drive to and from work and whatever at taxpayers expense – nice —
    all on video
    weirder than fiction

  3. 3
    Aline:

    It’s hard to find educated people in this particular subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re
    talking about! Τhanks

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