WHILE WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT FROM AROUND THE WORLD, WE REQUEST THAT ONLY TEXANS SIGN THIS PETITION. IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF TEXAS, PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO YOUR TEXAS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THANK YOU
Houston shelters kill roughly 80,000 animals a year. San Antonio, Dallas, and other shelters kill tens of thousands as well. But that number will soon plummet if legislation introduced into the Texas Legislature becomes law. The Texas Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), H.B. 3450 introduced by Representative Jessica Farrar, would require shelters to follow practices that allowed communities like Austin, Texas to save 92% of all dogs and cats last month.
Similar laws have been passed elsewhere including California, where it was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support (96 to 12) and signed into law by the then-state’s Republican governor. In Delaware, it passed both houses of the legislature unanimously. And parts of it are in place in Austin, Texas, where the City Council voted 7-0 in favor.
CAPA mandates policies and procedures which not only helped Austin end the killing of savable animals, but that have created No Kill communities nationwide including Reno, Nevada, Shelby County, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan, Tompkins County, New York, and elsewhere.
If passed, CAPA would:
1) abolish the gas chamber;
2) abolish “heart sticks” as a method of “euthanasia” except under certain specific circumstances;
3) ban “convenience killing” (killing when there are empty cages);
4) mandate collaboration by requiring shelters to work with non-profit rescue organizations to maximize life saving;
5) mandate transparency by requiring shelters to report how many animals they kill;.
6) ban the killing of animals based on arbitrary criteria such as breed, age or color;
7) prohibit selling shelter animals to research labs;
Texas CAPA is based on model legislation written by the No Kill Advocacy Center.
If history is any guide, CAPA will face opposition from shelters who do not want to be regulated, and the large, national organizations which defend those shelters.
Because we face such opposition, we need the help of all Texans to pass this law. Texas CAPA was recently sent to the Public Health committee for consideration. The members of the Public Health committee need to know that Texans support this bill.
Please sign this petition. When you sign, it will send an email to each Public Health committee member. There is a space to write your own comments. Please do personalize your email.
Learn additional ways that you can help this bill become law, by visiting No Kill Houston's website.