Working Animal Protection Act was heard in the House County Affairs committee on 04/25/19.
It was scheduled for 8AM – got read/explained by Rep. White and then at 9:58AM the meeting was recessed until final adjournment.
The committee reconvened at 8:17 p.m.
Having been scheduled for 8AM but not completed, at around 5PM some of our witnesses had to leave to tend to their animals so we were NOT fully represented at the hearing due to scheduling uncertainties.
The hearing did not adjourn until around 10:25PM – this after it was scheduled for 8AM…..
I talked with some of the House County Affairs committee members last week to find out why HB 135 was still stuck in committee –
They are being flooded by calls from HSUS/THLN/ALDF opposing HB 135 claiming among other things that circus animals need ‘protection’.
We need to flood the legislature with phone calls SUPPORTING HB 135!
If you are a member of an organization or club please forward this email to them and
Ask them to call and support HB 135.
We can’t have too many supporting calls!
PLEASE CALL EACH OF THE FOLLOWING AND VOICE YOUR SUPPORT FOR HB 135 –
– Rep. Garnet Coleman (512) 463-0524
– Rep. Dwayne Bohac (512) 463-0727
– Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson (512) 463-0135
– Rep. Kyle Biedermann (512) 463-0325
– Rep. Sheryl Cole (512) 463-0506
– Rep. Alex Dominguez (512) 463-0640
– Rep. Dan Huberty (512) 463-0520
– Rep. Jon E. Rosenthal (512) 463-0722
-Rep. Jonathan Stickland (512) 463-0522
Please call your Representative and Senator –
https://capitol.texas.gov/ – (click on members for names/phone #s)
be sure to mention that you are a constituent –
And voice your support for HB 135!
My talking point –
I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT PROTECTS ME FROM ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO ELIMINATE MY RIGHT TO OWN AND/OR USE ANIMALS FOR ANY REASON INCLUDING HUMANE ANIMAL USE PRACTICES USED IN TEXAS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS!
More talking points are at the end of this email.
President Lone Star Fox Terrier Club
Member The Cavalry Group
Member North Texas Terrier Club
Legislative Liaison American Fox Terrier Club
Legislative Liaison American Kennel Club
North Texas Director Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA) – AKC FEDERATION CLUB IN TEXAS
Member Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA)
Member US Sportsmen’s Alliance
Member Texas Game Warden’s Association
Animal owner for 70 years
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Talking points follow –
I am writing to you to voice my support of the Working Animal Protection Act (HB135).
In just the last few years, animal rights groups have successfully passed legislation in nearly 70 local municipalities across the country to ban working animals; from rodeos, service dogs, exotic animal exhibits at fairs, circuses, and educational venues, to outright banning of carriage horses, pony, camel, and elephant rides.
The local city council and county council bans have been pushed strictly by animal rights extremists and their organizations with their emotional propaganda and false premise that a working animal is an abused animal.
The fact is, those involved with working animals, animal exhibiting, carriage horse companies, etc., practice time-tested animal husbandry practices to ensure the health and safety of both people and animals. But these practices have been redefined as “inhumane treatment” by these radical groups with an emotion-based agenda. Those who exhibit are licensed and inspected by USDA.
HB135 does nothing to alter state or federal laws or statutes already in place that regulate animal care, public health, and safety.
These outright bans on working animals destroy animal ownership, job opportunities, and revenue that animal exhibitors, carriage companies, and others bring to our state. These bans also deny families access to opportunities to view and interact with animals and the potential to spark interest in future generations with interest in the vast world of animal-related business.
The goal of the Working Animal Protection Act (HB135)is simply to slow down the animal rights extremists’ steamroller and prevent them from banning outright legal businesses utilizing working animals used for the purpose of ranching, education, entertainment, exhibition(including dog shows), and transportation.
I respectfully ask that you pass HB135.