Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Missouri Animal Lovers to Rally in Jefferson City: Humane Day 2011

18th Annual Humane Day.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
10 am - 2 pm
3rd Floor Rotunda, Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO

This year marks the 18th year that MAAL has held Humane Day in Jefferson City and this year attendance is crucial.  Support is urgently needed to preserve Missouri's Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.

The MO House of Representatives could be voting on SB 113 as early as next week.  SB 113 not only repeals the humane standards of care in Prop B, but significantly weakens the current law in reference to enforcement efforts.  SB 113 reduces criminal penalties, makes it more difficult to prosecute violators, and gives first time offenders a pass regardless of the seriousness of the violation.

If SB 113 passes, dogs will continue to be legally confined to a rabbit hutch, straddling wire flooring, unable to go outside to breathe fresh air or walk on a solid surface, while others are confined outdoors with little or not protection from extreme weather conditions.  DB 113 will continue to allow dogs to be confined in cages only 6 inches longer than the dog itself.  These dogs are never let out of their tiny cages where they spend their entire existence.

MAAL encourages you to attend Humane Day this year.  It may be the last chance to encourage Missouri legislators to protect Prop B and the vote of Missouri voters.

Animal welfare groups are welcome to set up tables in the Rotunda to showcase their efforts on behalf of animals in Missouri.  Contact MAAL for registration information.

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