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Bitch Noone Wanted
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
and, yes, there is a difference."
Crossposting is encouraged.
July 31, 2011

RPOA received a phone call Friday from Brian Francis, deputy executive
director of Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, regarding the
implementation of the HSUS "Pet Elimination Bill" HB 1451 in Texas. The Dog
and Cat Breeder bill, not a "puppymill" nor commercial breeder bill as
widely publicized.

A Dog and Cat Breeder is a person who possesses more than 10 Intact Females
AND is in the business of breeding those animals for direct or indirect sale
or exchange in return for consideration AND who sells or exchanges, offers
to sell or exchange, not fewer than 20 animals in a calendar year.
(The BUSINESS of breeding is not defined.) Two litters from large female
dogs could easily equal 20 puppies.

Francis said certain provisions will become effective earlier than the
deadlines set in the bill itself.
The ONLY firm date is for all breeders to be licensed and in compliance by
September 1, 2012.
Rules can be adopted before March 31st (deadline in bill) and undoubtedly
will be.

Francis stated that TDLR will have a new sub web page for the Dog and Cat
Breeders Advisory Committee posted on their website Monday which will
contain the application to apply for a position on the advisory committee.
Applications will be accepted from August 1 - September 15 with appointments
to be made "around" the end of October.

HB 1451 mandates the TDLR Commission establish an Animal Advisory Committee
to advise the commission and make recommendations on matters related to the
administration and enforcement of the chapter, including licensing fees and
standards adopted under Subchapter E.

The advisory committee consists of nine members appointed by the presiding
officer of the commission with the approval of the commission as follows:
1) Two members who are [to be] licensed breeders;
2) Two members who are veterinarians;
3) Two members who represent animal welfare organizations each of which has
an office based in this state;
4) Two members who represent the public;
5) One member who is an animal control officer as defined in Section
829.001, Health and Safety Code.

Members are to serve staggered four year terms and meet annually. The
presiding officer of the commission, with the approval of the commission,
shall designate one member to serve as presiding officer of the advisory
committee for a two-year term but they may serve more than one term as
presiding officer.
A decision of the advisory committee is effective only on a majority vote of
the members present.

Do note that this is only an "advisory committee" to make recommendations to
the 7 member TDLR Commission (appointed by the governor) that will make all
final decisions. RPOA expressed our concerns to Brian Francis about Della
Lindquist, TDLR legal counsel, who was involved in writing the bill and is
actively involved with Austin "animal rights" groups and activities.

RPOA will be submitting our list of recommended animal owners to serve on
the Committee to TDLR next week . Anyone can apply after the application is
posted Monday and we encourage our membership to do so.

Bitch Noone Wanted
8,939 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
and, yes, there is a difference."
Crossposting is encouraged.
August 1, 2011

RE: Texas HB 1451
For a copy of the Enrolled (Final) Version:
82(R) HB 1451 - Enrolled version - Bill Text

Message from Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation below. The
information can also be found at:
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and click on "TDLR Licensed Programs" Link.
Then "Licensed Breeders" Link on that web page.

However for a short cut, information can be obtained directly regarding the
Animal Advisory Committee being formed at this link:
Licensed Breeders
Anyone can also subscribe to email updates from TDLR regarding the process
on this page.

The advisory committee application link is on that web page also or you may
go directly to the link below for the application:
http://www.license.state.tx.us/Applications/BRE Application.pdf

If you think this is confusing, just wait until TDLR starts enforcement and
has to determine if a breeder owns more than 10 Intact Female Dogs or Cats!
And "those animals" are breeding more than 20 kittens or puppies. Or have
to determine that a breeder has "attempted" to sell more than 20 puppies or
kittens? National registries will not supply this information!

RPOA has retained an attorney regarding HB 1451 and will have more on this
in a few days. If you haven't subscribed to TX RPOA E-News, do so below.
We've also presented TDLR with our list of recommendations for all positions
on the 9 member Animal Advisory Committee. We will continue to monitor this

Message from TDLR:
Mary Beth,
Here is the information we discussed :

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announces vacancies on the
Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee established by Texas Occupations Code,
Chapter 802. The announcement will be published in the August 12, 2011
publication of the Texas Register.

<View the announcement>
Licensed Breeders

Interested persons should download an application from the Department
website. All applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central
time on September 15, 2011 to be considered for these vacancies.
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