The Dog or Cat Breeders Act, passed by the Legislature in 2011 and implemented Sept. 1, 2012, requires commercial dog and cat breeders to be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, to submit to a pre-licensing inspection and provide minimum standards of care, or face fines.
A federal court Thursday rejected a motion by the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (representing 305 American Kennel Club groups in Texas),to block the law from going into effect.
Proponents of the bill intend to prevent puppy mills, and argue that the law hasn't gone far enough to safeguard animals from disreputable breeders. They are calling on lawmakers to further increase the standards for care such as requiring minimum cage sizes and prohibiting cage stacking.
Opponents of the bill argue that the law is too vague and will only drive good breeders out of business.
For more info see: http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/01/after-court-ruling-continued-battle-over-cat-and-d/
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