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Friday February 01, 2013


Shelby Bobosky - President

Shelby Bobosky

Topics: 82nd Legislative Session, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, TDLR, Humane Society of the United States, Breeders, Puppy Mills, RPOA, Attorney General of Texas, Texas Animal Laws, HSUS, Commercial Breeding

On January 31, 2013, a federal judge in Austin, Texas rejected a request for an injunction filed by Texas breeders in order to overturn the Texas puppy mill law. The lawsuit, filed by three Texas breeders and RPOA, was a last ditch attempt to block enforcement of the state's new puppy mill law, which went into effect on Sept. 1, 2012. The new law requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to inspect and license large-scale commercial dog and cat breeders with 11 or more breeding females and who sell 20 or more puppies or kittens each year. Along with requiring a license and inspection, it also establishes minimum standards for the humane handling, care, housing and transportation of dogs and cats by commercial breeders.

RPOA and the breeders attempted to argue that the court should stop enforcement because the law was unconstitutional. They stated that despite being in favor of ridding Texas of its "puppy mills," they simply "cannot live with this law." The court found this argument, among others used, were not the basis of any constitutional rationale. The Office of the Attorney General of Texas defended the law before the court and THLN and The Humane Society of the United States supported the Attorney General's position by filing an amicus brief asking the court to uphold the law. The lawsuit will continue, but the denial of the injunction is a crucial victory for the puppy mill law and a positive sign of what is to come.

THLN would like to give a special thanks to the law firm of Hunton & Williams, LLP for its excellent legal representation in this matter.

Tuesday January 29, 2013

How did Texas do in the New Humane Society State Rankings for 2012?

Brandi Grubbs -

Brandi Grubbs

Topics: Animal Fighting, Legislation, HSUS, Puppy Mills, 2012, Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society recently released its state rankings for humane legislation in 2012. Of all fifty states and D.C., California came in at number one with the best performance in humane legislation. Other states that performed particularly well in 2012 include Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Virginia, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The worst performing state of all was South Dakota. it is hard to believe that South Dakota still has no felony penalties for extreme acts of cruelty.

What about Texas? Unfortunately, Texas ranked 28th overall. Despite its successes in 2011 with the passage of the puppy mill bill, including pets in protective orders and strengthening the penalties in animal blood sport fighting, Texas ranked middle of the road with several states taking the lead. This is precisely why we need help from you -- our members -- this legislative session! We have the opportunity to turn Texas around and bring our ranking up to par with the nation's other states taking humane animal welfare seriously.

How can we improve Texas' rankings for next year? First, please find out who represents you. If you do not know who represents you, can find out by clicking here. Once you determine your legislators, you can begin to develop a relationship with them. Contact them and let them know that our poor ranking will not stand and explain THLN's legislative agenda. Let them know that you support animal legislation and as our representatives, you hope they do as well!

Monday May 07, 2012

Killing of Feral Burros Put on Hold in Texas

Brandi Grubbs -

Brandi Grubbs

Topics: Feral Burros, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Wayne Pacelle, HSUS, Big Bend, Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been protecting burros from being killed at national parks since the 1970's. This year, their efforts to save these animals have turned to Texas.

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of HSUS, posted on his blog in late March that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has agreed to suspend the killing of feral burros in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Instead of continuing the killings in an effort to control the population and mitigate impacts on the environment, the Parks and Wildlife Department is agreeing to work with the HSUS to provide a humane method for dealing with the burros, including possible relocation.

This spring, the two groups will come together to survey the park and the burro population. HSUS will submit its findings and hopefully a humane, non-lethal proposal will be accepted and these innocent animals will be spared. The Parks and Wildlife Department has stated that they will contribute up to $10,000 for the project. The Department does not foresee using lethal force against the burros in the near future, but is unfortunately keeping the option open as the need to remove the animals from the park remains.

If you agree with THLN and with the HSUS, that these creatures should not be destroyed, please contact your representatives in support of the continued suspension of killing feral burros. Don't know who your representatives are? Click here to find out.

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