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5/18/2009 4:52:09 PM
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High Drama Faces Texas Dog Owners

American Sporting Dog Alliance

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AUSTIN, TX – Legislation severely regulating the breeding of dogs in Texas is racing through the Senate faster than a Texas twister, with at least as much turbulence.

For dog owners facing the threat of animal rights legislation, the past week was nothing less than high drama, and this week promises more of the same. One way or another, the roller coaster for dog owners will be over in 10 days, and the pressure has been turned on high before that deadline passes.

It is urgent that Texas dog owners take immediate action on two pieces of legislation that are at critical stages tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19, 2009):

· The Senate Criminal Justice Committee has scheduled a hearing on House Bill 3180 for tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in hearing room E1.016. Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, who introduced identical legislation in the Senate, chairs the committee. This repressive bill passed the House by a 119-30 margin, with one abstention. If it passes a committee vote, it will face the full House.

· And animal rights group supporters played a dirty political trick by inserting kennel legislation into an unrelated business licensing bill for barbers, which was hijacked in the Senate. The rules were suspended and the vote came in the middle of the night - with no notice, no public hearing and no chance for debate. This measure, HB 2310, already passed the house, but the Senate amendments now must receive House concurrence. The head of the conference committee, Rep. Ed Kuempel of Sequin, vowed to kill the animal rights amendment. However, Kuempel collapsed of an apparent heart attack this week and remains in critical condition. Thus, the current status of the conference committee’s position on the legislation is not known.

· The third bill appears to be in limbo at present.

The situation in Texas is confusing, even to seasoned observers. In short, there are three pieces of legislation that would have a serious negative impact on hobby breeders, and the legislative session expires in 10 days. If the bills are not passed in 10 days, they will die in committee. If they do pass, the will be sent to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law or veto.

There will be action tomorrow on HB 3180 in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, and action could occur at any moment on HB 2310.

Thus, the American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging all Texas dog owners to act immediately to urge the defeat of this onerous legislation in the Senate. If you fail to act, the future of dog ownership in Texas may be doomed.

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The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We also welcome people who work with other breeds, as legislative issues affect all of us. We are a grassroots movement working to protect the rights of dog owners, and to assure that the traditional relationships between dogs and humans maintains its rightful place in American society and life. The American Sporting Dog Alliance also needs your help so that we can continue to work to protect the rights of dog owners. Your membership, participation and support are truly essential to the success of our mission. We are funded solely by your donations in order to maintain strict independence.
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