I am infuriated at Prop B. Has anyone read and compared it to the current laws?
All these accusations the Prop B campaign is throwing around — where are the statistics to back this up? On the "Charlie Brennan Show," Barbara Schmitz said there were kennels with stacked cages that allowed feces and urine to go down on the animals below. This is strictly prohibited in the current regulations. I, as a licensed breeder, want this accusation verified. The only instance of this in a licensed facility was with a shelter, which is exempt by Prop B. If these facilities house just as many dogs as a breeder does, why are they exempt? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
This Prop B sounds cruel to me. Take a look at it and think. It states dogs should have unfettered access to outside — fine. But when it is negative 20 degrees outside and you have a dog having puppies for the first time, she really isn't sure what is going on and runs in and out and in and out. What if the first puppy is born outside, and she cleans it and leaves it outside? How long do you think it would survive?
But if a licensed breeder ties the door shut to keep her inside in the heat, they can be considered a criminal and could potentially do jail time for this. How is this not cruelty?
Who came up with this stuff and why? You know the Humane Society of the United States, which is backing this, has no vet on its board.
They also say there are more than 3,000 puppy mills in Missouri. Where did that number come from? There are a little more than 1,400 licensed facilities in Missouri. Where did they find the rest? Are they withholding information from our current regulating entities? I want the rest of them shut down. I am licensed, I follow the regulations and am inspected up to four times a year, unannounced. If I have to operate this way, they should, too.
Those not licensed and regulated will not be affected by Prop B because they are already operating illegally. And if those pushing this through know where they are, why aren't they shutting them down?
They have not proven any of their accusations with evidence. When will they be held accountable for their accusations? I also have the freedom of speech, but I don't go around picking on a particular group or trying to make laws against things I don't like.
Another issue is that giving dogs clean food and water daily is stated in the current regulations. Also, Prop B states the words "domesticated animals." If you look up the definition of this it also includes sheep, goats, horses and cattle. What do you think will happen next if they are allowed to manipulate the public into what they want them to think to further their efforts at controlling much more than what seems to be the topic here.
As a breeder I am not opposed to change. I want to do whatever I can to improve conditions for my pets. I love every one of them; they are my confidants and friends. I know their quirks and what they like to eat. I know where to scratch that sweet spot and which ones like to swim. I know who loves to play in the water hose and who doesn't. I know my animals, do they? No.
They have never been here on my property, and I don't want them here. They are not welcome and as an American land owner, I have the right to say who is welcome and who is not. Don't I? Or are they taking this away from me as well as my 25 dogs that would have to be put down if this passes.
Has anyone thought of what happens to the overage dogs if Prop B passes? Nov. 3 will be a black day across the state for the ones who happen to live on the wrong property because a few (many of which are not Missourians) think they shouldn't be allowed to live and procreate as God intended them to.
They accuse us of back-to-back breeding as well. Dogs only cycle twice a year. They are pregnant for 63 days. They raise their puppies for six to seven weeks and won't cycle again until their bodies are ready for it. Even if they cycle, they may not take if the conditions are not right for it. Skipping cycles causes many health issues in itself. I can think of two life-threating infections this can cause. Again, this, according to Prop B, is less cruel than the natural alternative.
Again, look at all the issues, really do the work, call experts, find out what is really going on here. I am a 10-year kennel owner. These are the issues I have with Prop B, and I hope you understand that animal rights and animal welfare are two different things. Just because my dog wants to play in the street, that doesn't mean I should let him.
Stacy Farley is a dog breeder in Lancaster.