I want you, the reader, to understand that I am absolutely against Puppy Mills and Cruelty To Animals. I am here fighting against bad legislation (Proposition B) which will not stop Puppy Mills and Animal Cruelty in Missouri. If this bill was about funding the current good law in Missouri and tweaking anything with issues, I’d be all for it. After the election, I will contact my Missouri State Senator and Representative as well as others with whom I’m acquainted to ask that more funding be given to the prevention of Animal Cruelty.
I strongly urge you to vote “NO” on Missouri Proposition B.
Proposition B can be viewed here.
While the text and title of the Proposition sound good to the average reader, further investigation proves that the Amendment is truly nefarious and is being advanced by a radical group bent on ending Pet Ownership and Hunting. AND, NOTHING in the Amendment will truly do anything to address the puppy mill problem in Missouri.
The Amendment will require changes to the housing requirements for licensed and lawful pet breeders that will immediately criminalize existing legal behavior. Again, the currently law abiding pet breeders will be made into criminals.
86,000 dogs will have to be put down, many of them healthy, happy and loved.
The HSUS says there are over 200,000 dogs in Missouri that are kept by breeders. There are some 1200 licensed breeders. If you limit the number of dogs you can keep to 50, you have 60,000 dogs. What is going to happen to the other 140,000 dogs? There are some 350 shelters in Missouri. To accomodate the overflow, 400 dogs per shelter would have to be offloaded before the year is out. The vast majority of those dogs are currently healthy and cared for by dog-lovers. What will happen to them?
Some will be put up for adoption. Those who are not rescued, will be killed, released into the wild, or moved into illegal puppy mills hidden away from the state.
The problem with broad regulation is it affects everyone. It’s not hard to say that 86,000 dogs will be killed if this measure passes. 64% of dogs that go into a shelter don’t come out. But the HSUS and Prop B say nothing about this problem.
Existing Laws, Rules, Regulations:
Please read up on Wayne Pacelle here and here who is the CEO & President of HSUS.org and is advancing this Amendment in Missouri. HSUS.org held a rally yesterday evening in St. Louis to kick-off the effort for Proposition B
Additionally, the Amendment does nothing to set out the requirements, guidelines and funding of the enforcement.
Here is some more good information from The Alliance For Truth
- Proposition B specifically targets those who are already licensed and inspected by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and who are in compliance with state and federal laws. It does nothing to address those who collect animals living in horrible conditions as long as the animals are not being bred to produce puppies for sale as pets. Proposition B is specifically aimed at eliminating the legal, licensed professional dog breeders in Missouri who produce healthy, happy puppies.
- Prop B creates a class C misdemeanor crime of “cruelty” for ANY violation during an inspection of a kennel by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, including a drop of food in a water bowl, a cobweb in the corner of a building, a scratch on a painted surface, etc.
- Stacked cage enclosures with trays below each for easy cleaning and sanitation would be a class C misdemeanor for a licensed breeder while veterinarians, shelters, humane societies and rescues could use the same enclosures and be totally exempt from the law. Show breeders with more than ten intact female dogs could not crate their dogs for any purpose while preparing for shows, grooming or keeping intact females separate from males.
- Legal, licensed breeders could have NO MORE than 50 dogs, regardless of the excellent care they receive while anyone not breeding dogs could have unlimited numbers of dogs living in filthy conditions. Prop B creates the first step in HSUS and other animal rights groups dictating the number of animals one may own.
- Prompt treatment for ANY illness or injury would be required by a licensed veterinarian, including something as simple as an upset stomach, torn toenail, cut on the nose, or any minor issue often treated by the breeder. Costs for veterinary care for minor issues would skyrocket, resulting in fewer purebred dogs available for public demand.
- Prop B requires constant and unfettered access to an outside exercise area which will be deadly to newborn and non-weaned puppies that may crawl outside to follow their mothers and cannot find their way back inside. Babies will die of heat exhaustion and dehydration in the summer and hypothermia in the winter. Drafts of air created by required indoor/outdoor runs for mothers will ensure upper respiratory stress and pneumonia for babies, resulting in the deaths of many newborn puppies.
- Breeders of hunting dogs are exempt from licensing unless even one of their dogs or puppies is sold as a pet or lives inside the home of the purchaser.
- There is no scientific basis for eliminating tenderfoot flooringwhich allows for easy cleaning and sterilizing of enclosures.
- Proposition B interferes with the working relationship between a breeder and his or her veterinarian on the health of their dogs and the frequency of breeding. The Department of Agriculture would be charged with determining the breeding frequency of dogs in licensed facilities.
- HSUS has introduced Prop B as a means of eliminating the legal, licensed professional dog breeders in Missouri. According to the Department of Agriculture, no current licensed breeder can comply with the regulations put forth in Prop B, no matter how clean and well run the facility. Cost prohibitive space requirements coupled with misdemeanor crimes for the most minor of issues will eliminate the legalindustry in our state.
- Only unlicensed, substandard breeders will be left to produce puppies while continuing to hide from state laws.
- If Prop. B passes, it will further harm the economy in Missouri.