Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s compromise on the proposed repeal of key components of Proposition B is losing support from both sides – with headlines Wednesday using the phrases “crumbling” and “threatened.”
A group of 65 state lawmakers who backed a new bill (SB 113) to gut Prop B are calling on Nixon to drop the compromise and sign SB 113. And Although the Missouri Humane Society supports and compromise, other national animal-welfare groups are opposing it, including the Humane Society of the United States.
It is not clear how Nixon will proceed, with less than a month left in the legislative session.
I like this quote from the Stl.Today.com story –
“” “I don’t think there should ever be a compromise in the humane treatment of man’s best friend,” said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis. “”
In my view, Prop B is very reasonable and if anything is more compromise that being too hard on breeders, since quality breeders already meet or exceed the guidelines for care and housing. We cannot continue to allow dogs to be housed in wire-floored cages to be nothing more than breeding machines. They deserve time to be dogs. They need time to play and interact and they need time to be loved.
These are animals that possess a state of consciousness and therefore can suffer both physical and emotional pain and suffering. We can’t allow people – like those legislators in Missouri who voted for this repeal effort – who don’t understand the facts about animal cognition and self-awareness to control this debate or set the standards for animal-welfare laws.