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They're trying to ban chains in Texas

Discussion in 'Dog Discussion' started by treezpitz, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    The animal rights idiots are at it again, folks. The have two bills introduced that are trying to outright ban chains. It looks like an uphill battle but we can win this war if folks will actually make a simple call to the right people and let them know they oppose these bills. I have called and many people I know have called but we need any and everybody to call. It only takes a minute and it's real simple. Everybody I have talked to appreciated hearing from me and asks me to call again anytime. They didn't ask for a name or anything like that. I told them my county as I talked to them but you don't have to. If we don't make these simple calls now and they pass this bullshit then we will be all be screwed. If they pass this in Texas they will pass it anywhere. Here is a list of people to call and a copy of the bills.

    - 1st bill - SB 1090 -
    - 2nd bill - HB 1156 -

    Subject: TX Legislature: Public Hearing Tuesday on Tethering Bill

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    TX Legislature: Public Hearing Tuesday on Tethering Bill-

    A Public Hearing for HB 1156 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th, at the
    Capitol in Austin: "relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating
    an offense."
    This is the second attempt by Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) to
    pass their Tethering Bill, which was defeated last Legislative Session by
    hunting dog groups, American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, US Sportsmen's
    Association, American Dog Breeders Association, Endangered Breed
    Association, Sportsmen's & Animal Owners' Voting Alliance and RPOA. THLN is
    the Texas partner of Humane Society of the U.S. and hunting dogs are always
    a special target for "animal rights" organizations.
    HB 1156 can be found at:

    The Hearing will be held by the House Public Health Committee, at 8:00 A.M.,
    in Room E2.012.
    For questions regarding the Hearing, contact Committee Clerk: Sandra
    Talton, Phone (512) 463-0806.

    Texas Penal Code Section 42.092 ("Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals") already
    defines "Necessary food, water, care, or shelter: as including food, water,
    care, or shelter provided to the extent required to maintain the animal in a
    state of good health" and covers all dogs, whether tethered or not tethered.
    This proposed new law is redundant.

    For those who cannot attend, you may contact the legislators below with your

    HB 1156 Sponsor: Rep. Sarah Davis
    Ph: (512) 463-0389, FAX: (512) 463-1374

    Chairman: Rep. Four Price
    Ph: 512-463-0470
    Fax: 512-463-8003

    Vice-Chair: Rep. J.D. Sheffield
    Ph: 512-463-0628
    Fax: 512-463-3644

    Rep. Diana Arevalo
    Ph: 512-463-0616
    Fax: No number

    Rep. Cindy Burkett
    Ph: 512-463-0464
    Fax: 512-463-1481

    Rep. Garnet Coleman
    Ph: 512-463-0524
    Fax: 512-463-1260

    Rep. Nicole Collier
    Ph: 512-463-0716
    Fax: 512-463-1516

    Rep. Philip Cortez
    Ph: 512-463-0269
    Fax: 512-463-1096

    Rep. R.D. "Bobby" Guerra
    Ph: 512-463-0578
    Fax: 512-463-1482

    Rep. Stephanie Klick
    Ph: 512-463-0599
    Fax: 512-463-0751

    Rep. Tom Oliverson
    Ph: 512-463-0661
    Fax: 512-463-4130

    Rep. Bill Zedler
    Ph: 512-463-0374
    Fax: 512-463-0364

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  2. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    I see the links aren't clickable so I copy/paste the bill. They're basically the same exact thing. Mention both bills when you call though.

    By: Lucio

    S.B. No. 1090
    (In the Senate - Filed February 24, 2017; March 7, 2017,
    read first time and referred to Committee on Criminal Justice;
    March 21, 2017, rereferred to Committee on Intergovernmental
    Relations; March 30, 2017, reported favorably by the following
    vote: Yeas 6, Nays 0; March 30, 2017, sent to printer.)
    Click here to see the committee vote

    AN ACT

    relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating an offense.
    SECTION 1. Chapter 821, Health and Safety Code, is amended
    by adding Subchapter E to read as follows:
    Sec. 821.101. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
    (1)"Adequate shelter" means a clean and sturdy
    structure that:
    (A)allows the dog protection from rain, hail,
    sleet, snow, and subfreezing temperatures; and
    (B)is large enough to allow the dog to stand
    erect, sit, turn around, and lie down in a normal manner.
    (2)"Collar" means any collar constructed of nylon,
    leather, or similar material, specifically designed to be used for
    a dog.
    (3)"Harness" means any harness constructed of nylon,
    leather, or similar material, specifically designed to be used for
    a dog.
    (4)"Owner" means a person who owns or has custody or
    control of a dog.
    (5)"Properly fitted" means, with respect to a collar
    or harness used for a dog, a collar or harness that:
    (A)is the appropriate size for the dog based on
    the dog's size and body weight;
    (B)does not choke the dog or impede the dog's
    normal breathing or swallowing; and
    (C)is attached to the dog in a manner that does
    not allow for escape and does not cause pain or injury to the dog.
    (6)"Restraint" means a chain, rope, tether, leash,
    cable, or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or
    trolley system.
    Sec.821.102.UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT OF DOG. (a)An owner may
    not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint unless
    the owner provides the dog access to:
    (1) adequate shelter;
    (2)an area that allows the dog to avoid standing
    (3) shade from direct sunlight; and
    (4) potable water.
    (b)An owner may not restrain a dog outside and unattended
    by use of a restraint that:
    (1) is a chain;
    (2) has weights attached;
    (3) is shorter in length than the greater of:
    (A)five times the length of the dog, as measured
    from the tip of the dog's nose to the base of the dog's tail; or
    (B) 10 feet;
    (4)is not attached to a properly fitted collar or
    harness; or
    (5) causes pain or injury to the dog.
    Sec.821.103.EXCEPTIONS. (a)Section 821.102 does not
    apply to:
    (1)a dog restrained in a public camping or
    recreational area in compliance with the requirements of the public
    camping or recreational area as defined by a federal, state, or
    local authority or jurisdiction;
    (2)a dog restrained while the owner and dog are
    engaged in, or actively training for, an activity that is conducted
    pursuant to a valid license issued by this state if the activity for
    which the license is issued is associated with the use or presence
    of a dog;
    (3)a dog restrained while the owner and dog are
    engaged in conduct directly related to the business of shepherding
    or herding cattle or livestock;
    (4)a dog restrained while the owner and dog are
    engaged in conduct directly related to the business of cultivating
    agricultural products; or
    (5)a dog left in an open-air truck bed for no longer
    than necessary for the owner to complete a temporary task that
    required the dog to be left in the truck bed.
    (b)Section 821.102(b)(3) does not apply to a restraint that
    is attached to a trolley system that allows a dog to move along a
    running line for a distance that equals or exceeds the lengths
    specified under that subdivision.
    (c)This subchapter does not prohibit a person from walking
    a dog with a handheld leash.
    Sec.821.104.OFFENSE; PENALTY. (a)A person commits an
    offense if the person knowingly violates this subchapter. The
    restraint of each dog with respect to which there is a violation is
    a separate offense.
    (b)An offense under this subchapter is a Class C
    misdemeanor, except that the offense is a Class B misdemeanor if the
    person has previously been convicted under this subchapter.
    (c)If conduct constituting an offense under this
    subchapter also constitutes an offense under any other law, the
    actor may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.
    subchapter does not preempt a local regulation relating to the
    restraint of a dog or affect the authority of a political
    subdivision to adopt or enforce an ordinance or requirement
    relating to the restraint of a dog if the regulation, ordinance, or
    (1)is compatible with and equal to or more stringent
    than a requirement prescribed by this subchapter; or
    (2)relates to an issue that is not specifically
    addressed by this subchapter.
    SECTION 2. Subchapter D, Chapter 821, Health and Safety
    Code, is repealed.
    SECTION 3. The change in law made by this Act applies only
    to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
    An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
    governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
    and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
    purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
    effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
    before that date.
    SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.

    * * * * *
  3. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    And if that is too much to read, this is the part specifically they try to ban chains.

    "(b)An owner may not restrain a dog outside and unattended
    by use of a restraint that:
    (1) is a chain;"
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2017
  4. 80BOWTIE

    80BOWTIE Big Dog

    Already banned where I am at. Call it anti tethering law. Rarely enforced but its on the books. Good luck with opposition
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  5. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    That anti tethering law is fucking bullshit promoted by radical ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST groups like HSUS, PETA, ASPCA etc..for there own personal AGENDA.....There is absolutely NO VALID reasoning for a anti tethering law.

    Tethering is a age old humane way of confinement which have been used since the beginning when man first domesticated animals which is NEITHER cruel nor indicative of on-going neglect or abuse.
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  6. AGK

    AGK Super duper pooper scooper Administrator

    Shame they don't look at the facts that are out there on tethering. Especially this study done by Cornell University.

    People ain't happy unless they worrying about what others are doing. Good luck with blocking these laws. Kind of shocked a State like Texas would even be considering such laws.
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  7. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    ALERT! Texas Committees Approve Bills Restricting Tethering
    Posted on April 4, 2017

    Take Action Today!
    Currently House Bill 1156 and Senate Bill 1090 could be scheduled for a future vote at any moment. Texas members should contact their state elected officials and ask them to vote NO on HB 1156 and SB 1090. Texas sportsmen can contact their state representative and state senator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.

    Bills that would prohibit and restrict dog owners from using tethers to secure their dogs have been approved by legislative committees in both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. House Bill 1156, sponsored by State Representative Sarah Davis (R-West University Place), was placed on the House calendar on March 29, while identical Senate Bill 1090, sponsored by Senator Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville), was approved by the Intergovernmental Relations Committee on the same day.

    These actions mean that there could be a floor vote on either measure at any time. HB 1156 and SB 1090 will force dog owners to remain outside with a tethered dog.

    In addition to requiring dog owners to remain outside while pets do their business, House Bill 1156 and Senate Bill 1090 also ban chains, and mandates specific requirements for the lengths of tethers. While the bills attempt to provide exemptions for common agricultural or sporting practices, dog owners must still be present at all times or face a criminal offense.

    “Tethers are commonly used by sportsmen and field trialers, and many dog owners use tethers to let pets outside to relieve themselves, or to keep their dogs from leaving the property or running at large,” said Luke Houghton, associate director of state services with the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Rather than a one-size-fits-all law that criminalizes dog owners, it would be better to judge a tethered dog by its health and amenities provided. House Bill 1156 and Senate bill 1090 make things easier for law enforcement, but will criminalize law abiding dog owners with healthy dogs.”

    About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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  8. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    Like I said many times before OUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS are slowly but surely being stripped away from us........The first thing that comes to my mind when someone uses the word tethering is HORSES because horses are usually always tethered to something to keep them from wandering off....So unless its cruel to tether a horse as well then it cant be cruel to dogs. LMAO
    david63, AGK and treezpitz like this.
  9. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    If you aren't making calls now then don't start bitching when it's illegal to chain a dog up.
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  10. F.D.

    F.D. Top Dog

    Is there anything people outside of TX can do?
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  11. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    Thanks for asking, F.D. I asked some friends and family from up north to call for me and say they lived in Texas. Nobody asked any names or addresses or anything so it's easy to say you live here and just call. You could always have a county in mind before calling in case they ask what county you're in. They haven't to anybody that called that I have talked to. The folks answering the phones that I have talked to were very nice and pleasant to talk to. I specified I was calling about and opposing the tethering bill, specifically chains. You don't have to go into detail on the call but I did. Thanks for caring enough to ask, F.D. I hope this doesn't pass. A lot of people will be screwed.
  12. rodeoman069

    rodeoman069 Big Dog

    This is not about banning Slat Mill ,Chans. It's about legal banning /removing pit bull and like breeds. This has been going on sence 2011 or longer. Think about it Y now if this law has been passed down so long ago.
    Watch every 1 is going 2 run and get kennels. Guess what kennel regulations are going 2 be next. Its a process of elimination. Instead of doing a all out band on them but even that is coming 1 day soon.
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  13. tkebull

    tkebull Pup

    The animal rights whackos live on another planet. Many don't think we should own any pets, let alone APBT. As if somehow it's better for domestic animals to not exist than live as companions/working dogs in good homes. The chain thing kills me, every time I debate about it the person opposed can't even do the math to find the area of a circle, like that 5x10 kennel is better...however as someone mentioned before, it's hard to bitch about it if we're not willing to make a call, write a letter, or educate those around us.
    rodeoman069 likes this.
  14. F.D.

    F.D. Top Dog

    Yea putting in runs could get expensive for more than a few dogs. Might lead to dogs getting put down.
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  15. rodeoman069

    rodeoman069 Big Dog

    That's what thay are banking on self submission.

    Think really think about it. it's ok for gay marriage even though in the bible it tells you its a sin ( if the shoe fits ware it, I'm a child of god.) Y is it leagle then. They stud up 4 it. Y is weed becoming leagle? They stud up 4 it. Not every stand up is going to end in victory but you won't know till you try. Like I posted be 4 this situation is not new. As Dogmen I fill we let the ball slip after F.B account. We should have stud up as 1. All of us hunters, slatmill racers, weight pullers, home protectors, you name it.

    Are banning not only our beloved breed but every thing that looks like 1.
    Hound dogs
    This is bigger than a lot of you think.

    There is a reason Y hunters are quiet and sentlist
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