The deceptive wording on Proposition B is intentionally aimed at misleading Missouri's voters. It's not about basic humane care — we already have regulations in place for that, 23 pages of regulations. It's about limiting the number of dogs a breeder can own. It's about creating unrealistic space requirements that will prove so cost-inhibitive that most breeders will not be able to comply.
A number does not define humanity. Animal welfare is about the quality of care given to animals, not the number of dogs a person owns or even if they make money selling puppies.
This proposition does nothing and has no provisions in place to find and stop puppy mills. The only ones that will suffer are responsible breeders that go out of their way to follow the laws we already have.
We all have a voice and we all have the ability to find out the facts for ourselves. Do not let anyone make you feel that you are a 'bad person' or a 'dog hater' if you vote NO on Proposition B. Voting NO does not mean that you approve of puppy mills or inhumane conditions for dogs. None of us approve of puppy mills, however, no issue is completely black and white; this proposition is written to 'throw out the baby with the bath water.'
It just doesn't make sense.
There are several resources for you out there, just please be informed before you vote.
Please vote no on Proposition B.
Kara Crass is the owner of K-Jacs Kennel in Jenkins, Mo.