In an Aug. 20 opinion column, we learn that the writer, Aimee Gutshall, grew up on a farm, is studying at the MU College of Agriculture, and had a bad experience with someone trying to get her to sign a petition (who hasn’t?). She then jumps to the amazing assertion that the petition initiative on the November ballot to end puppy mills in Missouri is a conspiracy.
According to Ms. Gutshall it is a plot by the Humane Society, “whose ultimate goal is to abolish animal agriculture.” This is about as absurd an assertion as it is to claim the U.N. is going to attack Missouri with black helicopters or that President Barack Obama soon will force us all to become Muslims.
A vote for Proposition B is a vote to pass a law to reform the terrible cruelties to dogs in several mass breeding facilities. Newspapers constantly carry stories about the discovery of puppy mills with diseased animals in cramped cages, cages covered with feces or filled with dogs starving to death. To claim Proposition B is a conspiracy to abolish all animal agriculture is totally inaccurate and bizarre.
Proposition B is an effort to eliminate cruelty to animals and to end Missouri’s reputation as one of the nation’s worst centers for unregulated puppy mills.
Brett Prentiss is a Columbia resident.