DEMAND BETTER ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS IN TEXAS
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WHAT WE WANT ACCOMPLISHED:
BETTER ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS, that protect Texas dogs, cats, and other animals. Laws that limit backyard breeders and Puppy Mills, while protecting animals from abuse. Efforts to humanely reduce the enormous stray/homeless/abandoned animal population across the state of Texas.
What can be done?:
Here are some of the things that can be done to make a difference.
1. Limit rehoming fee: Pets sales (specifically puppies, kittens, cats, dogs, bunnies) over $100 to be banned regardless of the breed, unless licensed as a breeder in Texas. This should include pet stores, auctions and flea markets. These animals are sold, on the side of streets, on Craigslist, online, with no rules are regards for their health and wellbeing. This needs to stop..
2. Statewide spay/neuter efforts:
2a. provide free spay/neuter and vaccine vouchers to all Texas residents with household income under $60,000.
2b. Provide free microchip program to all Texas residents.
2c. February is recognized as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Have free spay/neuters and microchip every year in February, across the state of Texas, that may be done at any vet.
2d. Provide free spay/neuter to bully breeds. Bully breeds are #1 most killed in Shelters. Chihuahua's are #2 most killed in Shelters.
3. Better laws protecting animals from abuse and neglect. An Animal abuse hotline and task force could be initiated, to report abuse or neglect, etc anywhere in Texas. It should be illegal to intentionally dump an animal or abandon an animal, this should be at least a felony.
4. Every county should have animal control coverage, and a shelter that has capacity and funding to properly care for unwanted and stray pets. More funding for overcrowded shelter is needed and more space. Did you know that there are many areas in the state of Texas that does not have animal control services, animals are left to wander the streets and there is not any authority to call to help them. Many of them end up dead in the streets.
5. Initiate, Fund and support EFFECTIVE TNR PROGRAMS across the state. These programs could consist of paid TNR officers, in which people can report strays that need to be TNR'd. This is important as TNR is a proven effective way to humanely control the stray and homeless animal population.
BACKGROUND AND WHY WE WANT THIS ACCOMPLISHED:
These laws could help animals from terrible situations such as these:
* The SPCA of Texas seized 72 allegedly cruelly treated dogs and puppies from an alleged puppy mill—including 12 deceased animals—from a property in Canton
* The SPCA of Texas removed 140 dogs, including 21 puppies, and two cats from a puppy mill. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/SPCA-of-Texas-Seizes-140-Animals-from-alleged-Fannin-County-Puppy-Mill-468230253.html
Growing evidence supports that dogs and cats do have feelings, they feel pain, they have memories. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/dog-brain-feelings-mri-gregory-berns/ They understand when they are in danger, when they are brought to the shelter, when they are killed for whatever reason. Shelters are having to kill thousands of animals everyday, due to lack of space. The animal overpopulation situation is out of control, and without help the problem is only growing.
Texas has a huge stray and homeless animal population, which seems to be a problem that is ignored. This issue needs to be addressed in a humane and effective way. One big question is, why does the law continue to allow BYB's and puppy mills to breed and sell thousands of puppies/kittens for huge profits (when many of these animals end up in shelters or homeless by the time they are full-grown), meanwhile Puppy mills and irresponsible owners are adding a significant amount of unwanted or neglected animals? Many of these pets are left to roam or spend their life on a chain. There is not doubt this problem is out of control and that current animal welfare laws are not protecting animals as good as they could be.
TEXAS SHELTERS AND RESCUES are overwhelmed, over-burdened and over-capacity. Resources are scarce and limited. The implementation of an effective spay/neuter program across the state could have lasting economical benefits in the long-run. We are putting resources into a system that isn't working!
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates there are about 10,000 puppy mills in the entire United States, which produce what's thought to be around 2 million puppies each year. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Every year, approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized only because shelters are too full (and have limited resources) and there aren't enough adoptive homes.
It doesn't matter what your beliefs are or what your party is, compassion and humanity is not a lot to ask for.
These demands are fair, reasonable and obtainable. We ask our elected Texas officials to consider taking action to humanely handle the animal overpopulation.
TELL GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT PET STORES AND PUPPY MILLS: https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
EMAIL GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT: Info@GregAbbott.com
CALL GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT: (512) 463-2000
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