New Texas Bill Would Create Statewide Felony Animal Abuser Registry

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To Texas Representative Jennifer Farrar for introducing a bill that would create a public registry of felony animal cruelty convictions.

Willfully violent acts towards animals are well-known precursors to other forms of serious crime.

Willfully violent acts towards animals are well-known precursors to other forms of serious crime.

According a recent news article, a new bill in the Texas legislature could improve monitoring of animal abusers by law enforcement and make the identities of convicted abusers known to the public. If H.B. 235 is passed, adults convicted of  felony animal cruelty in the state of Texas would be legally required to register each year with law enforcement. The offender’s name, address, and photograph would then be submitted to the Texas Department of Public Safety and entered into a database. A similar type of registry is widely employed by law enforcement on a state level to monitor sex offenders after release from prison. As with sex offender registries, registries of felony animal cruelty convictions would help law enforcement officers better ensure that offenders are abiding by the terms of their release. Furthermore, a public registry would be an enormous asset to animal shelters screening potential adopters, pet owners seeking pet sitters, and other individuals and organizations with vested interest in the welfare of animals. Lastly, acts of animal cruelty are well-known precursors to other serious crimes. For this reason, felony animal cruelty offenders should be monitored by law enforcement and be made known to the public to the fullest reasonable extent.

Take Action: Texas residents, contact your representative and urge them to support H.B. 235. Obtain your representative’s contact information here.

Humane Death for Shelter Animals

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The use of gas chambers in Texas animal shelters has just recently been banned.

The use of gas chambers in Texas animal shelters has recently been banned.

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To Texas for banning the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals.

According to a news article, “Texas has joined 19 other states in banning the use of gas chambers to kill unwanted shelter dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.”

Euthanasia by injection is the recommended method, according to groups including the Texas Animal Control Association, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and various veterinary and animal control associations.”

There is a bill in the US House of Representatives, HR 208, that opposes the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals and supports laws that require the use of euthanasia by injection instead. Contact your senators and representatives and have them support HR 208.

Gas chambers should be banned in all states as a means of euthanizing shelter animals.

Take Action: Residents of Texas, thank your governor for signing into law a bill that bans the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals in your state. Residents of other states, check to see if your state still allows the use of gas chambers as a means to euthanize shelter animals. If it does, please contact your legislators and urge them to introduce legislation banning the practice.

The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Tele. No.: 512-463-2000

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Running with Bulls Bad Idea

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Virginia, Georgia, and Texas are supporting an event this year called Running with the Bulls, which is meant to mimic the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Virginia, Georgia, and Texas are supporting an event this year called Running with the Bulls, which is meant to mimic the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

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To three arenas hosting running with the bulls spectacles this year.

An organization called Running with the Bulls is sponsoring three events this year in three states: Virginia, Georgia, and Texas.

These events are meant to mimic the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. However, just as in Pamplona, the bulls have no say in the matter. They are treated as spectacle rather than as living, breathing, sentient beings who belong almost any place other than an arena with a group of people sprinting ahead of them.

While some may say running with the bulls is tradition, it was never tradition in Virginia, Georgia, or Texas. As with many traditions, however, it should be put to rest in all other areas of the world.

Take Action: The best action any of us can take is to refuse to support organizations and venues that host animal-related entertainment by not attending these events and not even watching them on television. For our readers in the three states where these events will take place, please take time to write to the managers of each venue and express your displeasure at their booking such a frivolous event.

General Manager Bryan Pierce, General Manager
Virginia Motorsports Park
8018 Boydton Plank Rd.
Petersburg, VA 23803
Tele. No.: 804-862-3174
E-mail: bryanp@virginiamotorsports.com

General Manager
Georgia International Horse Park
1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway
Conyers, Georgia 30013
770-860-4190

Fern Davis, Sales Director
Royal Purple Raceway
2525 S Farm to Market Road 565
Baytown, TX 77521
Tele. No.: 281-383-7223
E-mail: fdavis@royalpurpleraceway.com

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Update to Animal Abuser Registries

Texas, Washington, and West Virginia now have legislation pending regarding animal abuser registries.

Texas, Washington, and West Virginia now have legislation pending regarding animal abuser registries.

Update: New states introducing animal abuser registry legislation include: Texas (HB 3747), Washington (HB 1786), and West Virginia (SB 468).

Legislation is currently pending for several states that would create animal abuser registries for those convicted of crimes involving animal abuse. Read our previous post for the full story.

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Push for the Ban of Gas Chambers in Texas and Hawaii

Thousands of animals are inhumanely euthanized each year by use of gas chambers.

Thousands of animals are inhumanely euthanized each year by use of gas chambers.

While no one wants to see companion animals euthanized, we are all aware that shelters across this nation engage in euthanizing not only sick, disabled, and dangerous animals, but also healthy, adoptable ones. As the last act of compassion for all these lives, we should be as gentle and caring as possible. Euthanasia by sodium pentobarbital or a derivative should be the sole means of euthanizing shelter animals. However, some states still use gas chambers to euthanize animals.

Sometimes a dozen or more animals are placed in a gas chamber. Gassing often can take 30 minutes or more during which time the animals are all terrified and some panic to the point of attacking the other animals in the chamber. This is no way to euthanize an animal who, through no fault of his or her own, became a casualty of the pet overpopulation problem in this country.

Two states, Hawaii and Texas, have legislation pending, HCR 34 and SB 360 , respectively, that would require the use of sodium pentobarbital or a derivative and prohibit the use of compression or gas chambers or other means that do not immediately euthanize the animal.

Hawaii and Texas residents, contact your legislators and urge them to support legislation that will save many animals from terrible suffering. Residents of other states where gas chambers are used, contact your legislators and urge them to support humane euthanasia at animal shelters.

When you think about it…everyone can help animals in need.

Protecting animals must be done by the community as a whole

Protecting animals must be done by the community as a whole

A recent article highlights the need for citizens to be involved in stopping animal cruelty. A Dallas, Texas, based nonprofit, Safer Dallas Better Dallas, will fund the first year’s operation of an animal cruelty unit within the Dallas County district attorney’s office. This citizen’s organization realizes the importance of prosecuting those who commit cruel acts toward animals. As the article states, “There is extensive and well-documented research that confirms the strong connection between violence to people and violence to animals.”

Communities must get involved to fight animal cruelty. The lack of citizen involvement often leaves police and the judicial system at a loss to prosecute to the full extent of the law violations against animals. The abused animals do not have a voice, so the community must speak up for them and speak up loudly and persistently to protect them.

While few of us can understand the reason someone is cruel to animals, we can all understand that pain and suffering should not be dismissed just because the one in pain and suffering is a cat, dog, bird, horse, rabbit, goat, etc. When you think about it…what can you do to help animals in need?

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Dying to be Exhibited

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To the American Museum of Agriculture for euthanizing two mules to stuff for an exhibit.

Mules are known for their superior intelligence and sense of self-preservation.

According to a news story, “A Texas museum bought and killed two mules for the sole purpose of stuffing them for an exhibit, provoking the ire of animal rights activists.”

The museum “plans to construct a display for the McCormick reaper….” To make the exhibit authentic, the board decided to purchase two mules who were killed and stuffed. When asked about purchasing fiberglass replicas, the museum spokesperson responded, “A fiberglass replica just doesn’t convey the same message.” Maybe not, but the message the museum conveys is that the life of two mules isn’t important and that is not a message with which we can easily live.

Take Action: Write a polite note to the museum’s board president expressing your concern that they value “authenticity” over life and urge them to never kill an animal for entertainment and display purposes.

Don Taylor, President
American Museum of Agriculture
Tele. No.: 806-744-3786
Fax: 877-789-8335
Email: amadirector@agriculturehistory.org

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