Exotic Wildlife Association News Alert

Exotic Wildlife Association
NEWS ALERT
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CALL TO ACTION
 
SUPPORT House Bill 2855 by Rep. Chris Paddie RE: Microchip ID for Captive Deer
We need your support and action TUESDAY! The House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism posted for public hearing NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 11th on the following bill supported by the Exotic Wildlife Association.
House Bill 2855 by Rep. Chris Paddie
Relating to the identification of breeder deer by use of microchip implants.
The Committee will meet at the following time and location:
Date:               TUESDAY4/11/17
Time:              2:00pm or Adjournment of the House
Location:        Capitol Extension, Room E1.010
We need everyone’s SUPPORT. The Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Foundation for Conservation are actively engaging their membership and other outdoor organizations to oppose this legislation without cause or merit. We need YOUR SUPPORT NOW!
Please plan to attend the public hearing next week to register your support for this bill.
Additionally, please email your state legislator and the Texas House members seated on the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism to explain why you support this legislation. Talking points supporting this legislation are included below. We ask that you please include reasons why this issue is important to you and your family.
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SUBJECT: Support for House Bill 2855 (Microchip ID in Deer)
Dear Representative:
I am writing in support of House Bill 2855, which would allow deer breeding facilities to utilize USDA approved 840 Series Microchips as an acceptable form of identification for breeder deer held under TPWD permit. We would like to thank you for your support on this most important issue.
House Bill 2855 would allow deer breeding facilities to utilize USDA approved 840 Series Microchips as an acceptable form of identification for breeder deer held under TPWD permit. Microchip ID technology serves as the gold-standard for animal identification worldwide. Humane societies, veterinary clinics, scholastic research facilities, and international animal transportation regulations utilize microchips for permanent identification in many species of animals. The technology is widely available and the procedure for application is fast, safe, and appears to be relatively pain-free in most animals. However, the current Texas statute does not recognize microchip technology as a form of accepted identification under the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department permit issued for breeder deer.
The Committee Substitute for House Bill 2855 would simply allow a breeder the OPTION of utilizing a USDA-approved microchip or a tag for the identification of deer while in a breeding facility. The application of this technology would vastly improve the traceability and identification of permitted animal movement in captive deer. Furthermore, this legislation would recognize the continued, existing use of the tattoo on released animals to ensure hunters across the state are able to easily ID an animal born in a captive facility.
The current Texas statute falls well short of the technological advancement in identification technology. Millions of microchips are utilized in the United States to identify a wide variety of animals – including white-tailed deer in most states that allow captive farming. Microchip technology is accepted and endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture through its Herd Certification Program across the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association also recommends certified microchips for all species.
We thank you for your support of House Bill 2855 by Rep. Chris Paddie. This important legislation would allow for the best available identification technology to be utilized as an accepted form of identification for breeder deer held under TPWD permit.
Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025