I received a link this morning to a radio interview with Rep. Kurt Bahr of the Missouri House. The interview is described in the Fired Up Missouri blog as being a “train wreck.” And it truly is.
Bahr suggests the provision in Proposition B to limit the number of breeding dogs a breeders can possess to 50 is unconstitutional. Bahr and others who are clueless on the US Constitution, try to state these limits are a violation of property rights.
As at least one person commenting under the story correctly points out, the law does not limit how many dogs a person can “own.” It limits the number of breeding dogs a commercial breeder can house.
And if these elected officials feel these limits on breeders are unconstitutional, then I want them to go after the pet limits imposed by homeowners associations across the nation. But of course, we won’t see that happening, because most of them probably don’t want their neighbors to have more than two pets.
Bahr goes on to state his buddies in the Missouri House want Governor Nixon to sign Senate Bill 113, which guts Prop B and then sign a compromise bill, which scales back some of the provisions in SB113 but also does not meet the higher standards of care in Prop B.
If the compromise is supposed to be compromise between the two, why is the pro-puppy mill side calling for SB 113 to be signed too? Something stinks here, far worse than anything our dogs leave behind in our back yards.
Maybe the Prop B supporters should ask that Prop B get another signature too. Maybe the governor could turn this into a bigger circus sideshow and throw darts or flip a coin. I’ve seen more organization in the Little Rascals club meetings (short films from the 1930s).
And Bahr claims that this latest SB 113 only drops the 50-breeding dog limit. – WRONG again. As the blog writer points out, “SB113 also changes the rules regarding breeding cycles and weakens rules for veterinarian care and exercise.”
It can be stunning to witness the degree of misinformation some people will put out in defending special interest groups or big corporations (see the BP Oil Gusher).