About 100 supporters of Proposition B demonstrated their views outside the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.
In Jefferson City, Mo., the battle over how care standards are set for the state’s dog industry is still going strong. Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, was passed by Missouri voters in November with a visible rural versus urban split.
Nearly 1,200 farmers and industry leaders, organized by the Missouri Farmers Care Collation, rallied outside Missouri’s state capital building Wednesday evening to urge Governor Jay Nixon to sign SB 113 which offers major changes to the legislation.
Representatives from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) also had their eyes set on Jefferson City. HSUS rallied about 100 protestors at the Governor’s Mansion, to plead Nixon not to sign the measure and to let the law stand unchanged.
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The proponents of SB 113 say the changes will increase regulatory enforcements of unlicensed breeders and improve veterinary care standards for dog facilities, while clarifying the measure for the dog species only.
“This isn’t just about dogs. Senate bill 113 is about agriculture in the state of Missouri,” said state Sen. Mike Parsons from the 28th district. “What SB 113 does: it truly protects the [agriculture] industry in the state of Missouri. That’s what we should have done and that is what this bill does. The bill is on the governor’s desk and I truly believe the governor is going to sign that when the time comes.”
Opponents of SB113 would rather see Proposition B stand as it was passed by Missouri voters in November.
“The reality is that Proposition B isn’t about farming, it’s not about livestock, it’s not about chickens. Proposition B is about one very narrow issue and that is breeding of adult dogs at large scale breeding facilities in Missouri,” says Barbara Schmitz, the Missouri state director of HSUS.
The battle in Missouri is one to watch. Missouri legislatures sent SB 113 to the governor’s desk last week, and action is expected soon. On Monday, animal agriculture groups, pet associations and the Humane Society of Missouri (not affiliated with HSUS) announced a joint measure that is currently being reviewed by Missouri legislatures. It would need to be passed by both the House and Senate legislatures before Gov. Nixon would have the ability to approve the measure. (Read about the joint legislation
An estimated 1,200 Missouri farmers and ag industry leaders attended the rally at the capital Wednesday to urge passage of Senate Bill 113.
4/27/2011 04:56 AM
Please if anyone gives a damn please help stop theses puppy mills.I have been to several in Missouri and it sickens me how people do this and dont give it a second thought. All they want is the money from the sales of these pups. Peolple please help get this stopped!!!