Public hearings on HBG 99, HB 94 and HB 131 continue today, Thursday, January 27 in Missouri. All three bills would gut MO Prop B - the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The hearings will be held at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, House hearing room 3. They begin at 11 AM.
According to Barbara Schmitz, Missouri State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, these hearings are being scheduled at the last minute and are being compressed into just a few days. Schmitz also notes that hundreds of Prop B supporters have attended the hearings held so far. One of the main messages: the legislature must respoct the will of the people and uphold Prop B.
According to Virginia Young, reporter for the St Louis Post-Dispatch, the MO House Committee on Agriculture found plenty of fault with Prop B. The committee is moving to either scale back the measure or repeal it before the new commercial dog breeding standards go into effect this coming November.
Opponents of Prop B described the measure as a first step by the Humane Society of the United States to restrict all forms of animal agriculture.
According to Missouri Representative Ed Schieffer, Democrat from Troy: "The purpose of these groups is to keep us from eating any meat. We have to be very cognizant that there is an agenda here beyond Prop B."
If you live in Missouri, but can't attend, please call or write your state legislators. Over 200,000 puppy mill dogs are counting on you.