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« on: April 06, 2013, 01:53:54 pm »

>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
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April 6, 2013

The "Animal Rights" Agenda is not understood by the general public, media
and elected officials. It has nothing to do with animal "welfare." These
extremists seek personhood for animals, legal "rights" for animals in our
court system equal to humans -- which would automatically end all use,
breeding and ownership of animals for any reason. There's no doubt this
case will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The battle never ends.
Groups that joined in the lawsuit and opposed the personhood for animals
designation are listed below. RPOA needs your vocal and financial support
to help us block this radical agenda in Texas!
Texas Supreme Court rules bereaved dog owners cannot sue for damages:
Carla Strickland vs Kathryn and Jeremy Medlen

Associated Press
Published: 05 April 2013 12:33 PM

Read the court's ruling (PDF)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Man's best friend is priceless. But a dog gone is worth
nothing in Texas.

The Texas Supreme Court upheld Friday that bereaved dog owners can't sue for
emotional damages when someone else is to blame for the death of a pet. A
Fort Worth family had challenged the law after an animal shelter mistakenly
euthanized their Labrador retriever in 2009.

Justice Don Willet wrote the 25-page opinion with flourish rarely seen from
the state's highest civil court. He opened with a dog-admiring passage from
the English poet Lord Byron and opined the heartache wrought by "Old

Yet Willet concluded that "the human-animal bond, while undeniable" is not
worth compensation.

Texas does allow owners to collect damages for pets with economic value,
such as a pedigree show dog.


Supporting Strickland (and thus opposing emotional-injury damages) are the
Texas Municipal League, the
Texas City Attorneys Association, and the City of Arlington, Texas
(collectively "Municipal Amici"); the American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers'
Association, Animal Health Institute, American Veterinary Medical
Association, National
Animal Interest Alliance, American Pet Products Association, and Pet
Industry Joint Advisory Council (collectively "AKC"); the Texas Veterinary
Medical Association (TVMA); the Texas Civil Justice League (TCJL); and the
Casualty Insurers Association of America, American Insurance Association,
and National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (collectively
"Insurer Amici").

Join www.tdha.org and support the fight to keep our rights.

Douglas Mason
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