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LETTER: Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act is a reasonable measure

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | 7:14 p.m. CDT; updated 9:50 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Show dog breeder Jon Kimes and other hobby breeders should not fear tougher regulations of large-scale puppy mills, but should join us in supporting a ballot measure to turn around Missouri's reputation as the puppy mill capital of America. The proposed Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act only targets large-scale commercial puppy mills—it does not affect any breeder with ten or fewer unspayed female dogs or any breeder with any number of animals who is breeding for show purposes and not intending to sell the offspring as pets. In other words, if the dogs are kept primarily for purposes other than breeding pets for profit, the breeder would not be impacted by the measure at all.

Even for purely commercial puppy mills, the measure's proposed standards are reasonable and will simply require that dogs receive basic standards of humane care, such as food, water, space and exercise. State regulations already require that dogs be kept in temperatures no cooler than 45 degrees or hotter than 85 degrees, and the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act simply codifies this standard into state law. In addition, the other standards in the measure related to food, water, space, veterinary care, and exercise provide law enforcement with more tools to crack down on abusive puppy mills in the state.

The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act is a reasonable measure that will provide more humane treatment of dogs in large-scale puppy mills, and it is consistent with laws that have been enacted in other states to crack down on puppy mill abuses. It will prevent the suffering of dogs in Missouri's notorious puppy mills, and humane dog breeders should swing behind this policy reform. For more information, including the language of the proposed measure, please visit missourifordogs.com.

Barbara Schmitz is campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs.


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Ruby Fifer August 12, 2010 | 3:56 p.m.

"any breeder with ten or fewer unspayed female dogs or any breeder with any number of animals who is breeding for show purposes and not intending to sell the offspring as pets. In other words, if the dogs are kept primarily for purposes other than breeding pets for profit, the breeder would not be impacted by the measure at all."

OK so what is the breeder supposed to do with the 9 pups out of the litter that are not show prospects? They cannot be sold as pets- so breeders will be forced back to culling their litters? WHERE do these people come up with their crazy ideas for new abuse of freedom laws??

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susan schipper October 15, 2010 | 9:54 a.m.

I would like to state firmly that I'm 100% against puppy mills or any abuse of any animals. BUT if we're going to spend more money to fix it why not hire more people to enforce existing laws? There are plenty of laws on the books now but not the manpower to check these breeders on a regular basis. Once this law gets on the books it will be an opportunity for PETA and groups of their ilk to come in the state and arrest me for eating meat or some other nonsense. Thank you , Sioux

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Ray Shapiro October 15, 2010 | 10:48 a.m.

("A Message From The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association: I quote some of what is said in this message from the MVMA concerning Prop B.
"...The ballot being proposed for this November would completely shut down our state’s properly operated, inspected and licensed facilities that have over fifty breeding dogs. We see this proposal as unfair and misguided. These properly and humanely operated facilities are providing families with pets under the guidance of extensive current regulations enforced by state government...")
#9 nfrom the following:
http://www.mofed.org/Hand-outs-Printable...

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