AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Animal husbandry is a hot topic of discussion among Texans, and some are even calling for lawmakers to enact laws to protect animals.
But lawmakers in Texas have a tough job ahead of them, as the state has one of the nation’s toughest animal husbandries, with only four of the nearly 1,200 animals at shelters that can be adopted.
A recent Associated Press investigation found that the vast majority of animals in Texas’ animal shelters have been used as breeding stock for meat.
In the past two decades, animal husbanding has led to at least two fatal animal cruelty cases and at least five others in which an animal died.
A number of lawmakers are pushing to make animal husbanders more humane.
The Texas Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest animal welfare organization, is advocating for new laws to make sure animals are taken care of properly.
But there are many people in Texas who are against new legislation, including the head of the Texas Department of Agriculture, Mark Schleicher.
He says it would be irresponsible to require more than one shelter to house every animal in the state.
“This isn’t a place where the best interests of the animals can be served,” Schleid said.
Schleiecher says there are some issues with the current laws that would make it more difficult for shelters to provide more humane housing for animals, including a requirement that shelters adopt out all animals from shelters within a certain time period, and a requirement for shelters not to keep animals more than 24 hours away from each other.
The Associated Press sought comments from all the state lawmakers and elected officials who responded to the AP’s questionnaire.
The AP interviewed nearly 40 members of the Legislature and at-large offices in the Texas legislature, county and city governments and county boards of supervisors.
We asked the lawmakers and the state to share their thoughts on how they would address the animal husbandling issue and what they would do if they were elected.
A representative from the Humane Society of the United States said in an email that it was important for lawmakers and lawmakers to be honest with their constituents.
“We are pleased to hear that many members of Congress share the Humane Societies concerns about animal husbandriness and want to make changes to the current animal husbandric laws,” said Jennifer Dannenberg, director of communications for the Humane Services Advocacy Center.
The Humane Society is also encouraging the state legislature to consider adopting a law that would require the adoption of animals by rescue groups.
The organization is also calling on state and local governments to adopt legislation that would prevent shelters from using animals for meat and shelter from using them for profit.
“The Humane Society strongly supports the humane adoption process that shelters are required to follow,” said the organization in an emailed statement.
“However, it is essential that the Legislature address the issue of the shelter’s use of animals for profit.”
Texas lawmakers also want to pass a bill that would ensure that no shelter is allowed to use animals for the profit of a meat processor.
The bill, introduced by state Rep. Brian Bird, D-Houston, would prevent the Texas Board of Poultry Commissioners from allowing a processor to use an animal for meat unless the processor meets certain standards.
Bird, who is also the chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, said he believes it is a matter of public safety.
“I think that it’s a great idea to look at the safety and welfare of the animal and to also consider the economic impact of doing so,” Bird said.
The committee passed the bill, which was approved unanimously.
The board would be required to establish standards for processors to follow, which would include whether the animals are being used for food or for other purposes.
Bird said the board should also require the board to consider how the processor is complying with other state and federal laws that require shelters to use humanely housed animals.
Bird also is working on legislation to require shelters that adopt animals to have certain types of tags, such as a collar.
Bird says the state should also ensure that the state and the public are aware of any problems with shelters that use animals.
“That’s a good idea to get people thinking about how to change the shelter and to keep them safe,” Bird told The Associated AP.
Bird’s bill has not received a hearing yet in the Senate, and he has not yet indicated when it will be considered by the full chamber.
Bird was asked whether he supports legislation that requires shelters to adopt out animals for food.
“If it’s appropriate to have a tag, I support that,” Bird replied.
“It’s a matter that the board needs to look into.
There’s some issues that I have with the board of Pairs.
But I don’t believe that that’s a bad idea.”
Schleiert, the Texas farm bureau leader, said there are more humane and humane housing options available than there are shelter beds.
“There are shelters in