'Puppy-love' meeting to be held in support of proposed legislation

Monday, February 8, 2010 | 1:33 p.m. CST; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 25, 2010

COLUMBIA — Supporters of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act need 130,000 petition signatures to get legislation on the November ballot that will tighten the standards for puppy mill operation.

There will be a "puppy love" themed meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia Public Library in the Friends Room where residents can learn more about the proposed legislation, sign the petition and find volunteer information.

The main speakers will be Columbia Second Chance and the Central Missouri Humane Society. Other speakers include mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan, candidate for Boone County presiding commissioner J. Scott Christianson and Eduardo Crespi, director of Centro Latino. Musician Sutu Forte will perform.


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Karen Strange February 10, 2010 | 8:29 a.m.

The ballot measure being circulated by such animal rights groups as HSUS and their allies is nothing more than a drive to eliminate legal, licensed professional pet and show breeders in the state of Missouri. State licensing has been a part of Missouri's dog industry since 1992 with 92 to 98% of licensees in compliance. That's better compliance than the care provided our loved senior citizens in nursing home care! Before signing the petitions being circulated, please keep in mind that HSUS does NOT provide animal care but rather uses a large portion of its donations to spread their agenda of eliminating all agriculture and animal ownership and enjoyment as we know it. Their massive campaigns to raise money provides funds for lobbying and political purposes to take away our animals.
The ballot measure is a disaster for our state. It DOES NOT address animal abuse and neglect! It DOES NOT address substandard kennels! In fact, it calls for feeding only once per day; current regulations require feeding twice per day. New born puppies ramain safe with their mothers now; the new proposal calls for temperatures to never exceed 85 degrees which will be fatal to newborns. Limiting the number of breeding animals does nothing for their care but rather eliminates a citizen's right to free enterprise. The ballot measure does NOTHING to address those who hoard animals or get in over their heads and cannot properly feed or care for the animals they have collected. If the animals are not being bred, they can remain in those unfortunate situations while those living in professional, licensed kennels will be eliminated if their numbers exceed fifty breeding dogs. The ballot measure will require the elimination of many happy, healthy dogs living in clean surroundings! It's grossly unfair and emotionally draining for professional and show breeders who love their dogs!
Please do NOT sign the ballot initiative being circulated! Do Missouri a favor and SAY NO to the animal rights activists and their agenda of eliminating animal ownership and enjoyment!

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Sarah Barnett February 10, 2010 | 12:31 p.m.

I recommend Karen check out our website - we run 5 animal care centers, in facet in 2009, we took care of nearly 16,000 animals in need of sanctuary and rehabilitation, including equines, birds, mammals, reptiles, and exotics. We are one of the country’s largest providers of wildlife rehabilitation and are caring for more horses than any other sanctuary provider in the country.
In addition, we celebrate responsible pet ownership everyday, we promote adoption and responsible breeders (, we even allow our employees to bring their dogs to work with them!
This measure will simply strengthen the requirements that breeding dogs receive sufficient food and clean water, adequate space to turn around and stretch their limbs, adequate housing, protection from the elements, regular exercise, and necessary veterinary care, to ensure that dogs in mass breeding facilities are treated more humanely. It will prohibit the harmful practices of using stacked cages, which encourages overcrowding, and of using wire flooring, which causes discomfort and often injures the dogs’ feet.
Lastly, this statute is carefully drafted to target only puppy mills -- the large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where abuse and neglect of dogs are rampant. Smaller breeders, especially family or hobby breeders,who keep a small number of dogs for breeding, will not be affected. Additionally, hunting dog breeders, animal shelters, and research facilities will not be affected.
Why not allow Missourians to vote on this issue-let them decide, put it on the ballot, and vote. Those who want to read the information and the act itself can visit

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Gwen Jones February 11, 2010 | 3:04 p.m. much of the HSUS kool aid did you drink? You are spouting numbers that have no backing.
Yes, HSUS has 5 shelters. FIVE!!!! And all of these are closed door shelters that do not take in animals except to kill them. In fact the Black Beauty Ranch in TX has closed it doors to any horses coming in, yet HSUS is begging for money to help horses!?!?!?! LOL The other shelters are not opened to the public to either place animals nor take animals in.
The numbers that you quote are added together over the years to make it impressive PLUS any raid that the HSUS participates in, but does not take any animals to their private shelters, are used to inflate this already inflated number.
Why does a multimillion dollar enterprise only give less than 1% of its incoming donations to shelters across the USA? Why does this organization that claims it does not exceed the lobbying requirements of the USA, support 60 days of lobbying in all 50 states? Why does this organization run scared as it becomes challenged by the CCF?
You say that the PMI is only targeted against puppy mills? Than why do you have a 50 dog limit in it? Are you saying that anything/anyone with more than 50 dogs are a puppy mill?
You say that the PMI is going to toughen the law. In a 13 page analysis, the PMI adds nothing to the current ACFA.
You say that the PMI will increase veterinarian care. The ACFA requires the commercial breeders to already have a plan on hand that they have drawn up with their veterinarian as to what happens with their animals.
There is NOTHING in the PMI that is not already in the ACFA EXCEPT the limit law.
This is so you can continue to reduce numbers of ownership of dogs as you are already challenging in other states that have passed similar laws.
The PMI is not about regulating 'puppy mills'. It is about curtailing breeding. It is about property limits. It is about contributing to unemployment. It is about closing down legitimate licensed business operations. It is about shrinking down a tax base that is already shrinking.
Do not believe what is being told to you by the supporters of this initiative. This is about getting rid of animals in our daily lives.

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Allan Sharrock February 11, 2010 | 4:27 p.m.

Don't forget to boycott yellow tail wine. They are donating a lot of money to HSUS. HSUS is just a lobbying front for PETA. As already stated they do not take care of a lot of animals. They show animals that have been neglected, sometimes not even in the US, and get people to open their wallets.

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