Missouri House panel endorses livestock amendment

Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 7:09 a.m. CST; updated 11:18 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 3, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee has endorsed a proposal to place the right to raise livestock in the state Constitution.

The proposal would declare a right to "raise livestock in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners." If passed by the House and Senate, the proposed constitutional amendment would be submitted to Missouri voters, likely in November 2012.

The measure would invalidate any criminal law related to the welfare of livestock unless it was based upon "generally accepted scientific principles" and passed by the Missouri legislature.

The House Agri-Business Committee endorsed the proposal Wednesday. The committee was one of the few to actually meet; most others were canceled because of a winter storm that dumped 18 inches of snow on Jefferson City.


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