Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ending Puppy Mill Cruelty in Missouri - MO Prop B

Lately I've been doing a Scarlett O'Hara about MO Prop B - the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.  I'm well aware that I should be talking about it, but I keep putting it off.  I promised myself I'd blog about the latest efforts to repeal this historic legislation. 

Afterall, Missouri State Senator Bill Stouffer already filed a bill to repeal it.  Many of our rural legislators seem to feel empowered by the rejection of Prop B in most of the rural areas of our state.  The puppy mill lobby continues to spread mis-information.  They claim Prop B is detrimental to the agriculture industry in Missouri.

Yeah.  Right.  There are currently over 200,000 breeding dogs here in Missouri.  Many live in such inhumane conditions that it is difficult to comprehend.  Many have never seen the light of day.  They've spent their whole lives in a wire cage with barely enough room to turn around.  MO Prop B is about preventing such cruelty to animals.

Truthfully, I don't even like thinking about MO Prop B... because then I'm forced to think about why there is such a need for the legislation.  That calls into question what kind of people could hold animals in such conditions.  And some of those people could easily be called my neighbors.  Afterall, there are over 50 puppy mills right here in my county.

It is simply so depressing, so heart-breaking, and so discouraging.  It's heck of a note when we find ourselves in need of legislating morality.  However, the puppy mill folks in Missouri have proven over and over again that is just what is needed.  And the majority of Missouri voters recognized that fact and did what they felt was needed.  MO Prop B passed.  Let's leave it alone and let it do what it's supposed to:  prevent animal cruelty.

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