The Texas Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), H.B. 3450 would require shelters to follow practices that allowed communities like Austin, Texas to save 92% of all dogs and cats last month.
Similar laws have been passed elsewhere including California, where it was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support (96 to 12) and signed into law by the then-state’s Republican governor. In Delaware, it passed both houses of the legislature unanimously. And parts of it are in place in Austin, Texas, where the City Council voted 7-0 in favor.
CAPA mandates policies and procedures which not only helped Austin end the killing of savable animals, but that have created No Kill communities nationwide including Reno, Nevada, Shelby County, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan, Tompkins County, New York, and elsewhere.
If passed, CAPA would:
1) abolish the gas chamber;
2) abolish “heart sticks” as a method of “euthanasia” except under certain specific circumstances;
3) ban “convenience killing” (killing when there are empty cages);
4) mandate collaboration by requiring shelters to work with non-profit rescue organizations to maximize lifesaving;
5) mandate transparency by requiring shelters to report how many animals they kill;.
6) ban the killing of animals based on arbitrary criteria such as breed, age or color;
7) prohibit selling shelter animals to research labs;