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Columbia Missourian

LETTER: Prop B opponents don't condone mistreatment of animals

By Chuck and Christi Miller
October 29, 2010 | 9:55 a.m. CDT

As Boone County livestock producers, we were offended by Rose Nolen's suggestion that our opposition to Proposition B means we have lower standards of animal care. What an absurd accusation.

The animals on our farm are fed daily or have constant access to feed and water. We offer preventative care for our animals to help avoid illness and treat any animals for unavoidable sickness when necessary. There is no greater steward of the land and livestock than a farmer/rancher. To insinuate otherwise is insulting.

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We oppose Proposition B for a variety of reasons, but know first of all that we do not condone the harmful treatment of any animals. Proposition B will not stop unlicensed breeders from breaking the rules. Missouri already has pages of laws in place to protect animals. It's the enforcement of those laws that will help shut down the rule breakers.

Ms. Nolen is invited to our farm anytime to see how we run our operation. Many people still have this misconception that farmers are bib-overall-wearing folks who don't know how the world works. That couldn't be farther from the truth. We are both MU graduates who hold professional jobs in Columbia. What we love, though, is animal agriculture and we work hard every day to provide safe, nutritious food for the American dinner plate. Don't insult our integrity by saying we don't take good care of our animals.

Chuck and Christi Miller live in Boone County.