Proposition B, the puppy mill bill to prevent neglect and cruelty to puppies and breeding dogs in Missouri, is under attack in the state legislature, where bills to weaken or nullify it are pending. This attack is fueled by special-interest dog breeders, some of whom have been charged with cruelty to or neglect of dogs.
This bill was passed by a majority of voters following an initiative referendum because the state legislature failed to deal with this long-standing problem, which involves thousands of puppies and breeding dogs.
Current regulations for dog breeders are confusing and full of loopholes, making them very difficult for law officials to enforce. This is the reason for Prop. B. It builds on existing laws and penalties by providing clear legal standards for meeting the most basic needs of dog raised by both licensed and unlicensed commercial breeders. It deals only with dogs and has nothing to do with livestock. The majority of reputable breeders are already in compliance with Prop. B because they are meeting the basic care needs of their animals. Prop. B is supported by many veterinarians, veterinary clinics and animal welfare organizations. See missourifordogs.com/facts for details.
Let's give this bill a chance to work. It was passed by the majority of Missourians. What we have now obviously does not work. Please contact our governor, your state representative and your state senator and tell them you support Prop. B and do not want it weakened or nullified by special interests. These dogs need our help. Let's not let them down. It's time to get rid of the neglect and cruelty in the puppy mills in this state.
Marion Mace Dickerson lives in Columbia.