The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and their recently crowned “Beef Queen” Morgan Kueckelhan falsely characterize the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act and the work of The Humane Society of the United States ("Puppy mill initiative has some worried about its agriculture consequences," Feb. 10). One is left to wonder if they have even read the measure. Anyone who has read the bill will easily understand that it only covers dogs used to produce puppies sold as pets — no other species of animal. It could not be more clear that this measure has no impact on agriculture. It simply provides more humane treatment of dogs at large-scale puppy mills. It's absurd to think that these new policies have any effect on policies related to livestock.
A dozen states recently passed strong laws cracking down on abusive puppy mills, including major agricultural states such as Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. These laws give dogs basic humane standards of care, such as food, water, veterinary care, exercise and shelter. Missouri is the largest puppy mill state, but is lagging behind on dog protection.
Missouri's puppy mills are cruel and inhumane. Dogs are confined in small cages for years on end with no exercise or human attention, and they are typically forced to live in small wire cages, exposed to extremes of heat and cold. All dogs deserve humane treatment. Readers can learn more or support this effort by going to missourifordogs.com.
Stephanie Shain is the senior director of the Puppy Mills Campaign for the Humane Society of the United States.