RPOA Texas Outreach
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
“Responsible Pet Owners Lobby
Thursday, February 24,
Dialogue for Texas Legislators:
Several people have requested information regarding what to say to their
legislators. Following are some suggestions to start the conversation
when you meet with them.
meeting will be short. Be well prepared!
- Introduce yourself, tell a little about your
animal interest. Tell them that HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation
Network, PETA and ASPCA do not represent you.
- Ask the legislator or aide with whom you are
meeting: “Do you own a pet?” Focus on their pet a little if they
have one. 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.
- Tell them the “animal rights” extremists are
attempting to stop all breeding and sales of pets in the U.S.
– not only in Texas. Austin and El Paso have banned pet store sales
of puppies and kittens in their cities and closed the Petland
stores. San Francisco, CA, was considering banning all pet sales in
pet stores. San Antonio “animal rights” activists say all dog and
cat sales in the city should be banned.
- Point out the economic impact of pet
ownership. No Breeding means No Pets, No Sales, No Vets, No Pet
Supplies and how that would be a major blow to our Texas economy
besides the loss of the human/animal bond. In these stressful times
our pets mean more to us than ever before.
- If you are new to politics, tell them so and
why you are here now. Be sure to note which bills are House
Bills or Senate Bills for the meeting with your representative or
senator. Don’t get them confused!
- Choose the most important bill or two and
state briefly why you oppose them. Leave them a copy of the RPOA
Bills Summary with our positions.
- Tell them we defeated mandatory sterilization
of all dogs and cats and the HSUS/Texas Humane Legislation Network
anti-breeding bills last session. It doesn’t take a rocket
scientist to see that there’ll be no dogs/cats in 10 years if all
are sterilized and no breeding allowed. Bloodlines and gene pools
will be lost in working dog breeds forever.
- Thank them for their time and ask that they
oppose any Anti-Pet Bills sponsored by Humane Society of the United
States, Texas Humane Legislation Network, and other “animal rights”
groups. Tell them to contact Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of
Texas if they ever need our advice. We’re the experts with animal
issues – not the fanatical “animal rights” activists.