Texas Bill Regulates Dog Owners as Commercial Breeders

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Legislation that would force everyone from casual hunters to sporting dog kennel owners to be licensed as a commercial dog breeder has been introduced in the Texas Senate. Under current law, a person that possesses 11 intact females and sells or exchanges more than 20 dogs in a year must obtain a breeder’s license. Senate Bill 323, sponsored by State Senator Royce West, would reduce the number of intact females to five and completely remove the 20 dogs-sold threshold. If this bill were to become law, anyone who owns five intact females and sells or exchanges even one puppy would be forced to be licensed as a dog breeder and to comply with commercial operation regulations.

Sporting dog kennels, hobby breeders and hunters do not exist for commerce, and most could not afford to be regulated as such. Senate Bill 323 will result in the elimination of sporting dog kennels, and even puts everyday hunters at risk. .

“Senate Bill 323 is a one-size-fits-all bill that treats all kennel and dog owners the same, regardless of their purpose,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This bill will impact guides, trainers and sporting dog kennels, especially for bird dogs and houndsmen, as well as impacting the breeding of quality hunting dogs, field trialers and other hobby breeders across the state.”

Take Action! Texas members should contact their Senators and urge them to oppose Senate Bill 323. Texas members can find their delegates by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.


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The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible.


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