Puppy Mill Dogs Are Losing Big in Missouri

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.

TAKE ACTION

According to the ASPCA, Missouri supplies over 40 percent of the puppies you can find in pet stores across the country, which makes this a national issue.

Sign the petition asking Missouri legislators to uphold the will of the people and keep Prop B.

 

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225 comments

Maggie Welch
Maggie D2 years ago

In Colorado puppy mills are illegal. I volunteer for Colorado Beagle Rescue and the two states we send the most transports to, to rescue beagles, are Missouri and Arkansas. It makes me very angry that these vicious breeders pressured the legislators to pass the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, which will do nothing to prevent cruelty to the animals.

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Kamia C.
Kamia T2 years ago

Sadly, due to the poverty in the state, anything that cuts down on people here earning a living puts everyone up in arms -- no matter how repugnant it may be -- and so the representatives do what they have to bring back the income. The only permanent solution to this problem is to make sure that ALL pet stores QUIT selling puppy mills animals. Period.

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Elisha Espinoza
Elisha Espinoza2 years ago

Signed and shared!

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Julia R.
Julia R6 years ago

Governor Nixon and Representative James Smith have given their outrageous permission for egregious animal cruelty to continue so that unscrupulous people could continue to profit at the expense of thousands of animals suffering every year in Missouri's puppy mills! Maybe there should be some voter recall here especially since Gov. Jay Nixon promised that he would really reform and eliminate such inhumane conditions at puppy mills but that of course was back before he got elected! Please contact him and your representatives if you live in the state of Missouri and remind them that the people of Missouri have spoken and they want to keep Prop B as it was passed and not some compromise that keeps cruelty in business!

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mari s.
Mari S6 years ago

Will sign -- Puppy Mills should be banned altogether permanently!

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Suzanna van der Voort

Petition signed and shared on facebook too.
Animals are in desperate need of protection NOW and for the future and there should be ZERO tolerance on animal abuse and torture.

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KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Already signed.

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Carrie Anne Brown

Signed, thanks for sharing =]

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Dean P.
Dean P6 years ago

Sad to say puppy mills will always be even if a bill is passed.

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Manuela C.
Manuela C6 years ago

Breeders should be banned for good!

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