I am so excited about the bill introduced in TX to protect shelter pets. It’s such a great piece of legislation and I really hope it gets passed. But the 6 o’clock news doesn’t care what my opinion is on TX CAPA. Typically, mainstream media outlets will contact the well known animal organizations who have national name recognition for their take on any pet related news. So this has me wondering, where will HSUS, ASPCA and BFAS come down on the TX bill?
Given their history of opposition to laws which limit the discretion of shelter directors as to which pets they can kill, I don’t expect HSUS to embrace CAPA in TX. Nor would I anticipate support for the bill from ASPCA, given that they oppose Oreo’s Law – which would grant rescuers the legal right to save pets from kill shelters – in their home state and in fact have offered a faux rescue access bill of their own in an attempt to quash Oreo’s Law. Best Friends – who disappointed so many of us by failing to support Oreo’s Law last year and this year asking for it to be watered down before they would consider supporting it – well I’m not sure what their reaction will be to the TX bill. Will they ring the hoarder bell and/or demand that the legislation be weakened before they could possibly support it? Or will they be the Best Friends of old – the group many of us supported and wanted to believe in for so long – and side with rescuers and the rights of shelter pets to be saved from death row?
Come on HSUS, ASPCA and BFAS – one of you step up and give me good news. The TX bill is too great to let slip away without getting major support from at least one of you.
From Nathan Winograd’s blog:
Versions of CAPA have been passed in California and Delaware.
And now a version has been introduced in TX. Noticing a trend? It’s becoming fashionable to oppose killing and support rescuers. Will HSUS, ASPCA and BFAS keep fighting CAPA forever – even if/when it gets introduced in more states? Or will they get on board finally and throw their support behind such bills? I’ll be keeping an eye out for a show of support or opposition from the Big Three on TX CAPA. Watch this space.