The *really* bad news is that a similar piece is in the works from republican Leo Berman of Tyler (NE Texas). Dog owners are being hit from "both
sides" on this one. The legislators will, I'm sure. "reap the benefits" from lobbyists not only in "animal rights", but insurance legislation as
From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas:
> From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
and, yes, there is a difference."
Permission granted to crosspost.
February 10, 2011
HB 998 by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, is a bill that all dog owners should oppose, not just hunting dog owners! Rep. Leo Berman,
R-Tyler, wants something done "that would require total security of any animal that is known to attack human beings." Rep. Chuck Hopson,
R-Jacksonville, has been quoted in the media as saying a bill is also being drafted by his office. So HB 998 is only the beginning of a very long and
heated legislative session as usual. They don't think this bill goes far enough. It would also be very easy to make this bill breed specific."
and via RPOA, from US Sportsmen:
Texas Bill Would Cost Sporting Dog Owners Big Bucks
(remaining uncertain of how much or how little is kosher to post, I opted out. I hope you will visit the link!))
Although I have a number of friends who breed AKC/ UKC registered dogs [ethically and legitimately], none of those are sporting breeds. My very loose
understanding is that these guys (the dogs, I mean) are believed to carry on their gifts, genetically- hence their owners'/ breeders' reasoning
behind their dogs remaining intact. (If someone who hunts knows better/ more, please correct me!) It may have something to do with hormones for all I
I am a strong advocate of spay/ neuter and also safely confining and leashing our dogs, but these are things that *can* be left up to the discretion
of experienced and responsible owners and should be. In the climate we're in, any and all "legislation" of this nature is simply "tightening the
screws" on dog owners and especially, legitimate breeders (puppymills and backyard breeders DO get off scot free because the authorities don't
The huge irony to me is that some of the most "dangerous" dogs I've known have been little guys, not just under 20 pounds, but often under 15 or
10. We had a Long coat Chihuahua when I was growing up that left people bleeding (esp us) on a regular basis. Even the enormous German Shepherd living
next door was terrified of her.
But the point here is that this is just more of Humane Society of the US/ "Texas Humane Legislation Network" lobbying. It WILL come to your state!
And it could be a done deal before you even know what hit you.
Besides whipping our lawmakers- from locally to federal, THE most important thing people can do is inform the people around them. The only thing that
will stop HSUS/ PETA, etc once and for all is when people stop responding to donation pleas and the money is cut off. (Please donate locally and get
to know the organizations you choose to donate to)
for further information.
Thank you for your post! Need I say S&F?