From the ASPCA's website:
TX, Give Prosecutors More Power to Crack Down on Animal Cruelty!
HB 2328â€”Amends Animal Cruelty Laws
Sponsor(s): Rep. Beverly Woolley
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Urge members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee to support this bill by emailing a letter and attending the hearing on Tuesday, March 20.
State Rep. Beverly Woolley has introduced HB 2328 to revise Texasâ€™ animal cruelty statute (Section 42.09 of the Penal Code). The bill will close a number of loopholes that have thwarted prosecution of past offenders.
Texas prosecutors are frustrated by their inability to prosecute and convict animal abusers because of â€œloopholesâ€ created by vague and inconsistent language in the current statute. The following are just a few reported examples of violent acts of animal cruelty that went unpunished due to these loopholes:
- Skinning and decapitating a feral cat
- Killing a puppy with a power lawnmower
- Tying a dog to a tree and hammering it to death with a claw hammer
- Bludgeoning 22 emus with an aluminum baseball bat
- Burning a rabbit alive
- Mutilating a live kitten
- Stabbing a horse to death
- Tying a horse behind a pickup and dragging the animal at over 30 miles per hour until the horseâ€™s hooves came off and the animal collapsed and died
- Cutting off a puppyâ€™s ears with a pocket knife
HB 2328 does not affect persons engaged in scientific research, hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife control, farming, ranching or animal husbandryâ€”all of these groups are exempt from the animal cruelty statute.
This important bill is now scheduled for a hearing before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in Austin.
What You Can Do
- Please send a letter the members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee asking for their support. Use this website to send a message!
- If at all possible, attend the hearing in Austin. The only thing attendees will be asked to do is to fill out a card stating that they support HB 2328, and that they do not wish to testify. The sponsor of our bill does not want a lot of testimony at the hearing. Please call Committee Clerk Gina Chung at (512) 463-0768 for the hearingâ€™s address and room number.
Your letter will be sent to:
Representative Aaron Pena
Representative Juan M. Escobar
Representative Robert E. Talton
Representative Paula Hightower Pierson
Representative Paul C. Moreno
Representative Allen Vaught
Representative Terri Hodge
Representative Barbara Mallory Caraway
Representative Debbie Riddle
Use this website to send a message!