Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
2011 Legislative Session Report
An End of Session Message from the THLN President
Dear Fellow Animal Advocates,
I have great news to share with animal welfare advocates statewide and nationwide!
Governor Rick Perry has signed the Puppy Mill Bill!
H.B. 1451 is a regulation and licensing measure for high volume breeders and will provide basic protection for hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats confined and raised in large scale breeding operations by providing humane housing standards, annual veterinary care, and inspections.
It's been an incredible legislative session for animals! Although our toughest session to date, with persistence, tenacity and a great coalition of concerned groups, we successfully helped pass 5 major animal welfare bills - making this legislative session the most successful in the history of this organization!
Passage of these bills was a culmination of multiple factors:
- Being on the right side of the issues working to protect animals in Texas
- Committed, passionate legislative sponsors
- Combined efforts of multiple animal welfare and animal care organizations
- Outstanding guidance by our lobbyist team
- Nonstop help from our dedicated 9 regional state chapters!
- The incredible efforts of all of you who contacted your legislators and became the voice for animals!
We thank each and every one of you for your help and support over this past very difficult six months for contacting your legislators and professionally and honestly urging their support and opposition to various bills. Those groups opposing the animal protection measures spread much misinformation and untruths about the bills in the hopes of defeating them. But with your nonstop support, we worked every legislator - answering questions, compromising when necessary, and explaining in great detail the serious need for the bills that were passed.
H.B. 1451, the Puppy Mill bill, the most challenging bill, was championed by two highly respected veteran legislators from Houston - Representative Senfronia Thompson and Senator John Whitmire. We are indebted to them both and their staff for their strong commitment and persistence in passing a bill that will provide protection for hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats in Texas puppy mills.
H.B. 963, the Seizure Appeals bill, will clarify and improve the appeals process for cases dealing with animals seized in cruelty cases. This bill was sponsored in the House by our long time friend and sponsor of multiple animal protection measures in past years, Representative Will Hartnett of Dallas. In his typical style, he very smoothly and professionally worked the bill through the House. Newcomer, Senator Jose' Rodriguez of El Paso graciously picked up the bill in the Senate and saw that it passed without incident. We are grateful to both sponsors and their staff for jobs superbly well done!
With my greatest appreciation for your hard work to help so many animals.
Cile Holloway, President
Informal drop-off benefit for Austin Humane Society OR what do people who used to work for newspapers in Austin do now?
I'm planning a 12-day trip to Texas next month, and I've timed it this year to be in Austin on my niece Beth's birthday for the first time since she was killed.
In past years, to commemorate this date, one of Joan and David's neighbors organized a food & toy drive for the Humane Society in Beth's honor. She was an avid fan of all animals, especially dogs and especially her lab Buddy. I wanted to organize the drive this year and ask my Austin friends for donations of food, towels, pet toys, cat litter or cash to the Austin Humane Society in Beth's honor.
Beth would have been 20 on June 26, so on Saturday, June 25, I'll be at Joan and David's house if anyone can drop by with dog food or whatever they would like to donate. Many of you have been consistently faithful through the years to ask how Joan and David are doing, which has meant so much to me.
On June 25th, if you want to say hi to Joan yourself, we'll be at her house all day to collect the goodies in Beth's name.
If you can't come to us, please call me (561-801-5856) a couple of days in advance and we will try to come by your house for a pick-up.
Friday, June 24, 2011
- Your midday nap will not be interrupted by incessant, frenzied yapping sparked by the mail carrier's arrival. Or a squirrel in the yard. Or the wind blowing the tree leaves. Or absolutely nothing at all.
- Getting the couch all to yourself. Enough said.
- A respite from the tedious licking. (I mean, really…if they're going to lick, at least they could make themselves useful and groom something.)
- No sliding in the drool puddles left behind on the tile floor.
- No mile-wide water spills around the dog bowl.
- You'll finally get to eat your own food. All of it. No sharing.
- No "I get to go outside and you don't…nyah, nyah, nyah."
- A rare opportunity to use the dog bed as a scratching post. Or litterbox – it's your choice.
- Being spared the humiliation of the most base of all canine greetings: the infamous and oh-so-annoying Butt Sniff. How uncivilized.
- Finally, peace and quiet when nature calls, and no fear of some crazy canine with questionable culinary habits raiding the litterbox when you're finished.
Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law the Commercial Dog and Cat Breeders Act (CDCBA), which establishes minimum standards for the humane handling, care, housing and transportation of dogs and cats kept by large-scale Texas breeders. Texas’s commercial dog and cat breeders have always operated free of state oversight, meaning the animals at most of these facilities are unprotected.