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>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
and, yes, there is a difference."
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Monday, July 11, 2011

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Where do we go from here?

RPOA Texas Outreach has launched a legal initiative regarding HB 1451, the
misnamed "Puppymill" Bill, that just passed affecting dog and cat breeders.
The bill was signed into Texas law by
Governor Rick Perry June 17th. We have an attorney on retainer and will
be filing injunctions at the appropriate times to block administration and
enforcement of the new Texas Law in any way legally possible. This law must
be rescinded.

It's not a time to panic but rather a time to rally the troops and move
forward with an Action Plan. It takes much more than just a court case.
This is a major undertaking and will be expensive. We hope Texas animals
owners care enough to support RPOA. We must take back Texas and be the
"reasonable" voice regarding all animal issues.

Just a few items RPOA is working on, but certainly not a complete list yet:

1) RPOA hired an attorney and set into motion years of litigation in the
courts regarding our constitutional rights as Texas animal owners and the
unconstitutionality of HB 1451. Be assured HSUS will be involved at all
levels on the "other" side.

2) We'll encourage our members to apply for positions on the Animal
Advisory Committee for Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR).
Per TDLR's deputy executive director the application will be on their
website August 1 - September 15. The appointments will be made around the
end of October, he says. And,

3) Monitor the administration and enforcement of HB 1451 by TDLR. Our
members are
to inform us of any harassment from "animal rights" extremists or attempts
by anyone to enter their premises without a Search Warrant. And,

4) Activate the 16 RPOA Chapters blanketing the state that we were
organizing before 36 bills hit us at the legislature this session. And,

5) Continue to educate the media regarding animal issues and what's
happening in Texas. We have an RPOA "Media" email list which has been used
throughout this legislative session and resulted in much more balanced media
coverage regarding HB 1451. And,

6) Conduct a PR Campaign to promote responsible breeders and purebred dogs
and cats. According to PETA, there's no such thing. And,

7) As an "Alliance" we'll continue to network with other statewide and
national animal interest groups who oppose the radical "animal rights"
agenda. And,

8) Encourage our membership to develop an ongoing relationship with their
local and state elected officials. Send their representatives informational
material that we'll distribute through E-News on a regular basis.
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