I encourage readers to vote "YES" on Proposition B, in support of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. This act requires large-scale breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with the basics of sufficient food, clean water, veterinary care, and adequate housing and space to exercise.
Missouri is the puppy mill capital of the nation — home to an estimated 3,000 puppy mills that breed hundreds of thousands of puppies, far more than any other state in the country. As a proud Missourian, I find that distinguishing feature to be shameful, but easily changed. Dogs in puppy mills are confined to cramped wire cages, and spend their lives churning out litter after litter of puppies. Some have never felt the feel of grass on their paws. Most never get any exercise, socialization or human interaction. This act has nothing to do with the meat industry, as many are saying. It is not the American way to treat man's best friend this way. As someone who has known the love of a dog, as someone who has come home from work and realized my dog was waiting there for me at the door the whole time, I cannot find the treatment of these dogs in my state to be even remotely acceptable.
If you have ever known the love of a dog and how unconditional that love is, please vote yes on election day for Proposition B.
Spencer Miller lives in Marshall, Mo.