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Subject: Texas BSL

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Date Posted: 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!]

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

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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