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27 June 2001 Issue
Legislative Update: Victory In Texas

from ASPCA news-alert - news-alert@list.aspca.org 

Thanks to the support of Texas animal lovers, two new humane laws are now in place in the Lone Star state. Earlier this month, the Governor signed the Felony Animal Cruelty bill, which makes five of ten animal cruelty offenses state felonies. The bill also mandates psychological counseling for juveniles convicted of cruelty to animals. And after six years of hard work, the Dangerous Wild Animal bill was also passed into law. Explains Cile Holloway of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, "This bill will regulate the ownership of dangerous wild animals, such as lions, tigers, bears and great apes. Owners will have to maintain insurance, meet specific caging requirements, care for the animals as mandated by the Animal Welfare Act and register their animals locally." Congrats go to Holloway and all News Alert readers who contacted their legislators on these bills.

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