TEXAS~Taking Action for Animals~Strict new rules could result in many more euthanized animals
State veterinarian rule could thwart no-kill movement in Texas
Strict new rules could result in many more euthanized animals
Stricter enforcement of a previously obscure state regulation is threatening the no-kill movement across Texas and could result in animal shelters euthanizing tens of thousands of additional pets each year, advocates warn.
A “clarification” of state rules by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners last August already has sparked a court case and caused widespread confusion among city officials and private groups.
At issue is the veterinary care provided to animals in municipal shelters and privately operated animal rescue organizations.
Under its rules, the board requires the same level of medical care and attention for shelter dogs and cats as they would receive from a private veterinarian. That means volunteers and fosters cannot perform routine care, such as administering intake vaccinations, without a trained vet present. It also means shelter veterinarians must provide individual care to each shelter animal upon intake.
Shelters say requiring a veterinarian at all times would bust their budgets and reverse efforts to reach and maintain no-kill status of euthanasia rates at or below 10 percent. Without full-time vet staff, advocates say, shelters eventually would fall back on euthanizing more animals because state law allows trained staff to administer lethal injections.
“There’s no need for this policy,” said Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, a leading animal advocate in the Legislature who has sponsored humane treatment bills. “We already have high-kill shelters, and this would just exacerbate that. They’re just going to turn into euthanasia centers.”
What, are they just now realizing that that the Animal Rights Agenda, based on Newkirk influence/PETA philosophy/HSUS promotion of outrageous laws that actually doesn’t care about the animals?!? It’s all business as usual and all about the money and as the legislature has bought into it so has the State Board of Veterinarians…and after all, this one promotes the need for more vets…at east while there are still animals left in Texass-Now an Animal Rights state, that unless there is severe change in laws and regulations will defeat itself to becoming an animal free state with the exception of a few-Don’t believe me I’m sure but already seeing fewer herds of cattle and by far fewer exotic animals with owners no longer willing to be FASELY accused of cruelty.
And while I support no-kill I also say good-shut the money hungry back stabbing LYING shelters that steal animals for profit down…I’ve had enough already and so have so many others!!!
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B