What’s wrong with PROP “B”?
By Mindy Patterson
Have you ever wondered why politicians come up with great-sounding titles for proposed legislation that sounds too good to be true? It is always some clever title that, in most cases, masks what’s really in the bill.
Accordingly, voters easily can fall prey to the “devil” in the details. Missouri Proposition B is a dramatic example of this with its very provocative title, “The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.” Unfortunately, when you read the details of Proposition B, you realize that there is nothing in the bill to stop “puppy cruelty” or increase enforcement of the laws.
The proponents of Proposition B, especially the sponsor, the Humane Society of the United States, are counting on you, the voter, to stay uninformed and “just take their word for it” and blindly support Proposition B. Who in his right mind wouldn’t vote for a measure claiming to prevent puppy mill cruelty?
But the Animal Care Facilities Act passed in 1992 already regulates dog breeders. These tough regulations are enforced by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture already requires licensed dog breeders to provide animals with proper care and adequate food, water, shelter, veterinary care and an exercise plan. Under current Missouri law, animal cruelty and animal abuse are illegal.
So, what will Proposition B accomplish that current laws cannot? Therein lies the deception. Proposition B will not increase enforcement to target the unlicensed illegal breeders operating substandard kennels in Missouri. Those operations will continue to operate should Proposition B pass on Nov. 2.
Proposition B is designed to over-regulate Missouri’s licensed, law-abiding kennels — over-regulate them out of business — while increasing the state Department of Agriculture’s responsibilities. Proposition B would destroy jobs and could significantly decrease revenue to Missouri-based dog food producers, pet-supply stores, pet-product suppliers, feed stores, veterinarians, veterinarian suppliers, fencing companies, real estate companies and trucking companies.
And, it’s very likely that breeders would be forced to find homes for or euthanize their “excess” dogs as a result of Proposition B’s restriction of 50 breeding dogs. What a horrifying consequence of this unnecessary measure.
Once you pull back the curtain, the real devil here is the Humane Society of the United States, the organization behind Proposition B
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