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Subject: Re: Texas BSL


Author:
Jeff Burgess (Don't punish the dogs, punish the owners!!!!!)
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Date Posted: 21:18:15 01/10/07 Wed
In reply to: Zoe 's message, "Texas BSL" on 00:24:16 04/04/05 Mon

>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
>Texas HB 1096 BSL
>Please cross post and forward.
>
>HB 1096 will exempt the city of Houston from the
>current state law prohibiting Breed Specific
>Legislation in Texas!
>
>Representative Al Edwards has told RPOA that he wants
>to pass Breed Specific Legislation regarding
>Rottweilers and so-called "Pit Bulls" in the city
>of Houston. Since existing Texas law prohibits this,
>Edwards said he wants to exempt Houston from the
>existing law. He has ignored RPOA and AKC
>letters of opposition and phone calls and filed HB
>1096 in spite of our protests.
>
>Edwards stated to the media that he hopes his bill
>will be amended to include the entire state. At the
>present time, it only applies to a municipality with a
>population of 1.9 million or more. This will
>include San Antonio (population 1.4 million now) in
>the not-too-distant future.
>
>Edwards' bill is cleverly written and the significance
>of it is easily overlooked if you don't reference
>current state law. HB 1096 establishes
>Subchapter F. Regulation of Dogs in Certain
>Municipalities. BUT it states under (b): SUBCHAPTER D
>[IN CURRENT LAW] DOES NOT APPLY
>TO A MUNICIPALITY SUBJECT TO THIS CHAPTER. Subchapter
>D is where current law prohibits Breed Specific
>Legislation being passed in Texas
>municipalities. This is confusing but read it
>carefully.
>
>HB 1096 clears the way to pass BSL in Texas. One more
>time: Houston will not be subject to our state law
>prohibiting BSL in municipalities if this
>law passes. Houston could ban or restrict ownership of
>certain dog breeds. To read the entire bill, go to:
>http://www.capitol.state.tx.us and type
>in the bill number. Information on all the committee
>members is on the web site also. You may have to go to
>the web site to send emails directly to
>legislators. CONTACT ALL OF THEM!
>
>The president of the American Temperament Test
>Society, Inc. (ATTS) has stated that the rate of
>passing for the "Pit Bull Breeds" is slightly
>better than the national average for all breeds
>tested. He further states ATTS has tested over 190
>different breeds. Unfortunately the media is not
>interested in good dogs.
>
>Breed Specific Legislation is opposed by the American
>Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Society of the
>United States, American Kennel Club, American Dog
>Owners Association, National Animal Interest Alliance,
>American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
>Animals (ASPCA),United Kennel Club, and other national
>organizations.
>
>HB 1096 requires ALL dog owners to meet the
>requirements of a secured enclosure without regard to
>whether the dog was dangerous. If serious bodily
>injury or death occurs, it becomes a felony. ALL other
>offenses under Chapter 822 are misdemeanors! There is
>no Hearing Requirement. It would prohibit the use (or
>training) of agility dogs, herding dogs, and many
>American Kennel Club outdoor performance events. And
>NO, we don't want an exemption. We want this bill
>KILLED!
>
>HB 1096 passed the Urban Affairs Committee unanimously
>and is now in the Calendars Committee. This is a
>powerful committee which schedules bills
>to be heard on the House Floor. We must bombard them
>with phone calls,faxes and e-mails OPPOSING this bill.
>Since the chairman and four other committee
>members have Houston offices, our work is cut out for
>us. We must convince the committee that there is no
>such breed as "pit bull" and these laws unfairly
>discriminate against responsible pet owners of many
>breeds. Punish the deed, not the breed. AKC and RPOA
>oppose all breed specific laws. A Richardson, TX,
>breed specific law was overturned in 1988 which led to
>our existing state law prohibiting BSL. We don't want
>history repeating itself. [Illinois now has a bill
>filed affecting 10 breeds of dogs!]
>
>And
>Subject: Texas Legislation
>
>Tomorrow is the day for HB326, the newest of the
>"humane legislation". AKC, RPOA, the Farm Bureau and
>U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance oppose this
>legislation.
>
>If you hunt or fish you definitely want this bill
>quashed.
>
>To dog trainers the biggest concern is the bills
>wording. Basically it allows any bleeding heart to
>report you, and for you to be charged for
>animal cruelty violations as they perceive it, forcing
>you to defend yourself in cases where current law
>might simply warrant investigation.
>Pinch collars, e-collars, forced retrieves and a few
>other common methods come immediately to mind as easy
>targets.
>
>The need for the state to prove "intent" has also been
>removed from the bill meaning any accidental suffering
>or death will be chargeable as a
>possible felony, again with the burden of proof being
>on the defendant instead of the state.

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