New Bill Crushes Missouri’s Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act

The Missouri House of Representatives voted 85-71 to pass SB 113, a bill that would remove important provisions from the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, otherwise known as Prop B.

“The House decided to defy the will of the voters and dismantle Proposition B piece by piece, dealing a blow to dogs suffering in substandard facilities and also to the democratic process in Missouri. Not only did some lawmakers choose to overturn a statewide vote, but some of them even voted against their districts. It is now up to Governor Jay Nixon to stop this assault on voting rights. If the repeal bill is enacted, we are prepared to immediately begin gathering signatures for a referendum to bring this issue back to Missouri voters and allow the people to have the final say,” said Barbara Schmitz in a statement issued by the Missourians for the Protection of Dogs.

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Please send a letter to Governor Jay Nixon asking him to stand with the majority of voters and veto SB 113.

Sign the petition letting Missouri legislators know how you feel about puppy mills.

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On November 2, Missourians cast their votes and passed Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, a citizen initiative brought to voters to stand up for dogs languishing in puppy mills in their state.

Over 190,000 signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State in Missouri to get Prop B on November’s ballot in the country’s worst state for puppy mills. With an estimated 3000 puppy mills licensed by the USDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, it’s been called the puppy mill capital of America.

Prop B didn’t pass by a landslide, but it did pass. Now legislators are convinced that the good people of Missouri who voted to pass a law protecting dogs were somehow duped into doing so and must not have had their wits about them at the time. Almost 200,000 people duped!

They’ve taken it upon themselves, with the support of breeders and farmers, to kill Prop B with the passage of SB 113, the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.

Prop B didn’t make insane demands on breeders. It called for providing food and constant access to clean water, vet care, protection from the elements, exercise, “constant and unfettered access” to the outdoors, room to move around and stretch and rest between breeding cycles. It would apply to breeders with more than 10 dogs and limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility. Violations would result in up to 15 days in jail and a fine of $300.

SB 113, on the other hand, removes the limit on the amount of breeding dogs per facility, removes mandatory annual vet exams, substituting a bi-annual “visual” exam, removes restrictions on how often dogs can be bred and removes unfettered access to the outdoors.

It also removes a provision stating that dogs should have access to water at all times that is free of “debris, feces, algae and other contaminants” and requires breeders to give water every eight hours instead, which can apparently be clean or dirty. It also removes added space to move, which would have done away with stacked cages.

“We’re overturning the voice of the people; it disenfranchises them,” said Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis. “We need to live with what our people say. That’s the process and we’re turning it around.”

On Wednesday, the Humane Society and Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, filed a petition with the governor asking him to keep Prop B in tact.

The House is expected to pass the bill, according to Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, but they are hopeful that Gov. Jay Nixon will veto it if it does pass, and if he doesn’t, they will make efforts to bring the issue back to voters as soon as they can.

Photo credit: Erick J Pleitez

125 comments

Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

Puppy mills are horrific, close them all down everywhere. Despicable.

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Valentina R.
Valentina R2 years ago

Puppy mills suck. If you buy a dog from a puppy mill, you suck. ADOPT.

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jade owen
jade O2 years ago

Disgraceful and shameful
What person deprives something of its rights a sick individual who is so selfish and heartless, sound like someone you want in control of your country?
Who votes for these people?

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

Signed and shared. Just deplorable, say no more.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

Signed and shared, couldn't write from OZ, What crazy members of parliament, that state is going backwards, sounds like Australia.

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Maggie Welch
Maggie D2 years ago

The USDA allows the licensing of puppy mills? I thought they were illegal. If the puppy mills are licensed aren't there standards they have to meet to be licensed? Puppy mills are a wicked, disgusting business which has only one goal, money. Any bill that would ban the welfare of animals is drawn up by evil people. I volunteer for Colorado Beagle Rescue and guess where a lot of our beagles come from?

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Ruth C.
Ruth C2 years ago

Those representatives in favour of SB 113 must surely have financial vested interests. Why else would they justify such evil and totally disregard their decent public's disgust?

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Ruth C.
Ruth C2 years ago

Those representatives in favour of SB 113 must surely have financial vested interests. Why else would they justify such evil and totally disregard the public's disgust?

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David K.
David K2 years ago

Puppy mills are an insult to humanity. I cannot understand why they are even permissible. Any bill which loosens up the minimal control had on them is very retrograde and any representative who votes for such a bill should never be voted in again.

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caterina caligiuri

Sent the lettere and signed petition thanks

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