Friday, January 28, 2011

Puppy Mill Law - Missouri Senate Agriculture Committee Guts Prop B

The Missouri Senate agriculture committee endorsed legislation yesterday that will gut Prop B the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.  Changes include: 
  • There would be no limit on number of dogs per commercial dog breeder.
  • Licensed dog breeders would have up to 180 days to correct serious violations before they face criminal charge.
This measure, SWB113, now will go to the full Missouri Senate.

If you listen closely that sound you hear is the last, dying gasp of democracy in Missouri.

The people of Missouri got tired of being the Puppy Capital of the world.  They got up a petition drive to put a measure on the ballot that would provide humane conditions for the over 200,000 dogs in commercial dog breeding operations in Missouri.  The majority of Missouri voters approved that measure. 

Now lawmakers insist they know better than the will of the people.

Its no secret that I'm a proponent of Prop B.  Conditions in Missouri's dog breeding operations sicken me and break my heart.  However, there's an even great danger here now.  The threat to our democracy.   

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