Sunday, October 24, 2010

Puppy Mills in Missouri - Who Opposes Prop B the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act

Who are the groups and individuals opposing Prop B? Some of the worst of the worst in the puppy mill industry, with a track record of being knee-deep in animal cruelty.

The leading opponent of the ballot measure is the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners (MoFed), a special interest lobbying corporation that benefits from Missouri's multi-million dollar puppy mill industry. The group has never met an animal welfare measure it liked. They not only oppose reasonable regulations on large-scale puppy mills, but in recent years have also:

Opposed legislation that would require people to have their pets vaccinated against deadly rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

Opposed a bill that would create a specialty license plate with proceeds going to spaying and neutering programs and emergency animal care. MoFed's president Karen Strange wrote that "this does nothing but further the animal rights movement" and "anytime the government gets involved it sends the wrong message to the public."

Opposed legislation that would crack down on cockfighting and bear baiting.

Opposed legislation designed to crack down on dog fighting, including provisions that would require a disposition hearing within 30 days of a dog fighting raid to decide what should happen to the dogs seized. With regards to charging a two-time spectator at a dogfight with a felony, MoFed's president, Karen Strange, told the St. Louis Beacon: "Our prison systems are full now. There are things we think are of much greater importance." MoFed's lobbyist and board member, Kim Krohn, said it was a "waste of tax dollars" to crack down on dog fighting
MoFed formed a political action committee (MoFed PAC) in December 2009 and its earliest contributors include some of Missouri's worst puppy mill operations. Many puppy mill operators associated with MoFed have been cited repeatedly for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by failing to provide the most basic protections for up to hundreds of dogs in their care.
Information courtesy of Yes! on Prop B, a coalition of individuals, venterinarians, dog breeders and animal welfare organiations individuals and animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, Animal Rescue Foundation, and The Humane Society of the United States.

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