Target: Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
Goal: Support legislation banning pet owners from using potentially harmful chains to tether their dogs.
Pet owners could soon be banned from chaining their dogs up outside thanks to proposed new legislation in Texas. The bill would ban chains as well as mandate that dog owners who leave their animals outside provide a proper shelter that would protect their animals from the wind, snow, and the rain. These shelters would need to be large enough to allow the dogs to stand upright and lay down in.
Animal welfare worker Bruce Edmaiston says that chains can cause serious damage to dogs and it’s high time they should be outlawed. Chains can cause cuts and lesions around animal’s necks. In severe cases where growing dogs are chained for extended periods, the chains sometimes need to be cut off with bolt cutters.
The proposed new law would also mandate properly fitting collars for all dogs. This would hopefully stop animals from being harmed by too-small collars that can cut into their skin. Those found in noncompliance would be charged with a misdemeanor.
This new, comprehensive legislation could help thousands of dogs across the state of Texas. No longer would dogs be forced to spend much of their lives chained outside, forced to brave the elements without any shelter. Sign below to show your support for this new bill.
Dear Governor Abbott,
A new bill proposed in Texas would ban pet owners from chaining their dogs up outside. Chains can cause serious harm to an animal, from cuts and lesions to becoming embedded in the necks and body parts of young animals. The bill would also mandate that dogs that are kept outside be given shelters to protect them from the rain and the snow. Finally, the bill also hopes to ensure properly fitting collars for all dogs.
This legislation would protect thousands of animals every year from being hurt by chains and too-tight collars. It would also ensure that all dogs are given proper houses and not left outside to brave extreme weather without any form of shelter. We, the undersigned, urge you to show your support for this new legislation and do everything in your power to ensure that is passes.
[Your Name Here]
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