07/20/2010 // Austin, Texas, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Austin, Texas – Animal welfare advocates are seeking legislative support to combat a growing problem with puppy mill operations in Texas. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, many have suggested crack downs in other areas may lead to an increase in commercial dog breeding operations in Texas due to a lack of regulation of the industry in the state.
James Bias, executive director of the Dallas chapter of the SPCA, is quoted in the report as stating, “We have the perfect element: geography, land demographics for buyers, little regulation.”
As noted in the report, some are advocating for a proposal that will among other things require licenses for commercial breeders. Some groups are opposing such a bill citing less of a need for regulation for reputable breeders. Elizabeth Choate, a spokeswoman for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, is quoted as stating, “No one is for puppy mills” however the group “wants to make sure commercial breeders are allowed to operate in a humane way.”
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