Canine Cruelty Prevention Act
Proposition B “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” passed with a 51.6 % vote in November 2010, was set to take effect November 2011.
It’s a sad day (4/8/2011) today for people fighting against changes to Prop B. The MO House of representatives voted in favor of changes to be made to Prop B. HB131 will now go back to the Senate for another vote on the changes that were made in the House and then to the Governor’s desk.
4/13/2011 HB 131 has been sent to Gov. Nixon.
Agriculture Groups – The main concern of ranchers, who make up a large portion of MO’s rural population is the possible restrictions placed on the amount of livestock owned. They fear that today Prop B is limiting the amount of dogs a commercial dog breeder can have, tomorrow it will include the amount of livestock ranchers can own.
Dog Breeders– The obvious reason why dog breeders are opposed to Prop. B, is the reduction of income when limits are place on the amount of puppies a breeder can produce. But the implementation of Prop B also increasing the expenses by requiring a higher standard of living for breeding dogs. Close to half of the current commercial breeding facilities in MO would get penalized according to Prop B and 14 of the largest dog-breeding facilities wouldn’t even stay in business.
Instead of penalizing these commercial breeding facilities. The MO government would rather change the law to suit the commercial breeder, rather than maintain the law for the good of the animal.
Veterinarians – Loss of income due to restrictions placed on the amount of dogs a commercial breeder can have. The main income for veterinarians in rural areas, from puppy breeders comes from spays & neuters, vaccinations and treating medical issues related to reproduction.
House Bill 131 http://www.house.mo.gov/BillSummary.aspx?bill=HB131 Everything between parentheses has been omitted.
House Bill 131 removes the current law prohibiting anyone from having more than 50 dogs when the purpose is to breed them and sell the resulting puppies, allowing breeders to have an unlimited amount of dogs. HB 131 increased this number to 100 dogs.
If 50 female dogs give birth to 3 to 5 puppies, they can produce 150 to 250 puppies a year. Multiplied by the number of breeding facilities in MO alone (1400) is approximately 200,000 to 350,000 puppies a year. Double the number of puppies to 400,000 to 700,000 a year after HB 131 is passed. This hopefully explains why the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society of Missouri and the ASPCA (the organizations that financed the Prop B. ballot), are opposed the changes to Prop B.
If there has ever been a time to reduce the amount of dogs in our Nation, it is now!!!
- House Bill 131 also raises the threshold for criminal penalties. Violators will be sued in civil court, with fines up to $1000 per violation. A grace period of between 30 and 180 days will be provided in which to correct serious violations. Followed by two inspections. Repeated violations of the law will no longer be subject to felony charges, but rather be classified as misdemeanor offenses.
What was supposed to be a victory and example to other states has turned into yet another political power struggle.
What to do next?
- Convince Governor Nixon to veto House Bill 131: http://governor.mo.gov/contact/. Send state representatives the message that rewriting this voter-approved law is not-acceptable; Humane Society http://member.hsmo.org/site/PageNavigator/Advocacy/Legislation, ASPCA http://www.ASPCA.org/news/National/03-11-11-2
- Sign our petition that will be sent to Gov. Nixon before he signes HB131, urging him to veto these bills.
- Inform rural Missouri about the benefits of Prop B; less stray dogs, healthy puppies not infected with diseases such as Parvo or genetic abnormalities. No longer being the “the puppy-mill” state of the country. Decrease the amount of dogs in animal shelters, decrease the amount of dogs euthanized.
- Spread the word amongst rural Missouri ranchers, that Prop B is a law against puppy mills, not livestock owners. If they ever make a Prop C that wants to regulate the amount of cows a rancher can own, they can vote against that!!
- Listen to your veterinarian when it comes to animal health, not politics!!
Please use this blog to brainstorm and share this information with as many people as you can, together we can make a difference. It’s not to late, let us be the voice these dogs do not have. The time to act is now.