HB 99 - The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act sponsored by Tom Loehner, district 112, and co-sponsored by Bill Reiboldt, district 130. This bill exempts all facilities, dealers, and breeders licensed prior to November 2, 2011, from the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act passed as Prop B by voters in Nov ember 2010. The Dirty Dozen report gives examples of just a handful of the many licensed commercial breeders who have treat their dogs inhumanely who would be exempt from Prop B's new regulations.
HB 94 - The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act sponsored by Tony Dugger, district 144 and co-sponsored by Don Wells, disttrict 147. This bill would repeal Prop B.
HB 131 - The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act sponsored by Stanley Cox, district 118 and co-sponsored by Chuck Gatschenberger, district 13. This bill would gut the Prop B.
What can you do? Attend the public hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25 at 12:00 p.m. at the Missouri State Capitol in House Hearing Room 6. Can't attend? Telephone your Missouri House Representative and explain why we want them to leave Prop B alone. If you need some talking points:
- Remind them that less than three months ago the majority of Missouri voters favored Prop B.
- Without Prop B we will return to a standard that allowed a dog confined in a cage just 6 inches longer than her body - confined and never let out. That dog would need not ever see a veterinarian and could be exposed to freezing temperatures.
- Opponents of Prop B have launched a campaign of misinformation, scaring people into believing that Prop B would regulate farm animals or end all commercial dog breeding. Neither is true. Prop B is a measure to clamp down on abusive puppy mills and adds reasonable and humane regulations like requiring clean food and water, exercise, properly sized cages and verterinary care.