I'm tired of MO Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. I'm tired of thinking about it; I'm tired of feeling a need to blog about it; and I'm tired of talking about it. Just the thought of it is beginning to give me a headache. In fact, even though I've just begun this blog post, I already have a headache. And a heartache.
The painful truth is that I can bearly stand to think about commercial dog breeders who fall under the definition of puppy mills.
Afterall, under current Missouri law dog breeders are expected to adhere to mere survival standards of care for the dogs in their custody. A mother dog can legally be confined for her entire life in a tiny wire floor cage that only has to be six inches longer than her own body. Dogs can be warehuosed in barns and sheds and confined in cages tacked one on top of another, never seeing the light of day.
I'm not even going to get into the ambiguity in the current law regarding the dogs access to water, protection from temperature and weather extremes and the fact that veterinary care is not required for sick and injured breeding dogs. My headache can't take it this morning.
MO Prop B raises the requirements of care from basic survival standards to humane standards. Simply put, it's about preventing cruelty to animals.
So, why am I still blogging about MO Prop B? Because there's a strong effort afoot to repeal it or amend it significantly.
Missouri is a constitutional democracy. It's constitution states: That all political power is vested in and derived from the public; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.The voters of Missouri have spoken. Let the will of the people be respected.
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