News flying in on efforts to gut Missouri’s Prop B
I continue to the follow the legislative efforts to basically repeal the voter-approved Proposition B in Missouri. I tentatively use the term “gut” because it’s such a harsh term. But in this case, it is appropriate.
The state Senate has approved a bill to overturn the law (by virtue to cutting primary previsions) and it now heads to the House. The one unknown seems to be where Gov. Jay Nixon falls on all this. I’ve read where he has been quoted as being in favor of anti-puppy laws. Hopefully he will veto this new, greed-backed bill as soon as it hits his desk.
However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted a spokesman for the governor as simply saying, “We’ll see what action the House takes.”
I’ve read where an emergency provision to prohibit another state-wide referendum on this issue failed – thankfully. So the pro-puppy mill side so badly wants this practice to continue they will do anything – even prevent people from casting a vote.
I like the headline over a Bloomberg column my Mike Di Paola – “Dog Torture Gets Second Chance as Missouri Mulls Puppy-Mill Law.”
Di Paola offers info from both sides but concludes – ” If a responsible breeder cannot meet these basic standards because of cost, perhaps it is an indication that profit-driven facilities shouldn’t traffic in living beings in the first place. ”
And finally, the Humane Society of the United States has updated its list of “Missouri’s Dirty Dozen.”
From the new HSUS report -
” Nine of the 12 “Dirty Dozen” puppy mill producers identified in October 2010 are still state and/or federally licensed in 2011, according to the report. ”
“” Six new kennels of concern were added to the list, including one kennel (Simply Puppies in Hannibal) where a dog was found dead in an outdoor enclosure in bitter cold temperatures of just 28 degrees, and another facility (Sunset Ridge Kennel in Princeton) where dogs were found last summer with signs of “heat stress” and “heavy respiratory effort” inside a building with a heat index of more than 114 degrees, according to USDA inspection reports. A dog at Sunset Ridge Kennel was found “sprawled and flattened on the wire floor of the cage” as she panted in the heat, according to inspectors. “”