84th Legislature Suggested Dialogue
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Suggested Dialogue with Texas Legislators
should you need it, but be brief!
- Introduce yourself; tell them a little about
your special animal interest. You won’t have much time,
probably15-30 minutes at most and the legislator talks also! If you
are new to politics, tell them so and why you are here today. We’ll
provide you with a packet including all the information you’ll
need. Don’t hand them the packet until you’re winding down or
they’ll waste your time leafing through it!
- Ask the legislator or aide with whom you are
meeting: “Do you own a pet?” Focus on their pet(s) briefly if they
- Ask if they are aware of the difference
between Animal “Rights” and Animal “Welfare.” Explain the
differences briefly and leave them the RPOA flyer on Animal Welfare
vs Animal Rights, which will be in their packet. The “animal
rights” goal is to end all interaction, use and ownership of
animals, including pet ownership. Point out the recent attacks on
Sea World, the Zoo, etc.
- Tell them that HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation
Network (THLN), PETA and ASPCA do not represent you. We’re the
“reasonable” voice regarding animals in Texas. THLN claims to
represent every animal group in Texas!
- We call HB 1451 the misnamed “Puppy Mill” Bill
the “Pet Elimination Bill.” The words “commercial” and “puppy mill”
are not even in the bill. HB 1451 passed in 2011 and was written to
eliminate dog and cat breeders, not regulate them. Rep. Senfronia
Thompson has blocked all our efforts to transfer the administration
from Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation to be under Texas
Agriculture Department, where it belongs. “Animal Rights”
extremists are using this new law to harass every dog/cat breeder in
Texas … including those who aren’t even required to be licensed!
Packet will include a flyer.
- Tell them to contact Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance of Texas if they ever need our expertise. We have a very
diverse membership and we are the experts with animal issues – not
the fanatical “animal rights” extremists.