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Bill in the Texas State Senate and House could add regulations and restrictions to backyard hens

Beth N.
CliffHanger
Dallas, TX
Post #: 9
Texas Bills in the State Senate (SB 1233) and House (HB 2311) could require all Backyard Poultry Owners to place permanent leg bands on and register their hens. Factory Farms and Commercial Hatcheries would be exempt which would seem to prove this is not an effective measure for tracking the spread of disease. For more information I am including the link from Food and Water watch, but if you Google "Texas SB 1233 and HB 2311" you will notice several organizations representing Organic farming and Texas ranchers are in opposition to this legislation.
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Lori
user 10446596
Dallas, TX
Post #: 128
You can look up the text of the actual bills and see for yourself.

http://www.legis.stat...­

Frankly, I do not see any way these bills could result in rules requiring leg bans and registration of the typical backyard flock.
dan P.
Chickenman-Dan
Quinlan, TX
Post #: 230
This bill is limited to animals that are subject to Brucellosis - chickens don't get Brucellosis and they are not mentioned in either bill. Ya gotta filter the web!
Beth N.
CliffHanger
Dallas, TX
Post #: 10
Dan, are you familiar with NAIS? The National Animal Identification system had to be recently amended (Jan. 2013) due to public outcry that it was too far reaching. You can read the revised plan here http://www.aphis.usda...­ . A quick glace at the document shows this covers all livestock (with poultry specifically addressed on page 2053 --about 15 pages into the document). The concern of small farmers here in Texas, as I understand it, is that TAHC is saying it does not want to lose any of the regulations it may have been able to justify under the previous version. This bill does not specify Brucellosis and there is no clear definition on what is meant by "animal emergency management." I agree, the concerns are coming from a "worst case scenario" kind of thinking, and that the state would be hard pressed to come up with the sort of funding required to enforce this level of regulation. I am aware that the web is ripe ground for many a Chicken Little to cry that the sky is falling, as, believe me, I do filter. That said, I'm actually a fan of government regulation, but am wary of regulations written by people heavily endorsed by industry .
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