I was incredibly shocked when I heard on the news that the legislature in Jefferson City was trying to set aside Proposition B. I was so happy when it passed in November, thinking that finally these poor dogs would have to be treated more humanely. How is it possible that the legislature, which is supposed to carry out the will of the people, should earnestly vote on whether they have to respect the democratic process?
My neighbor said the puppy mill owners have paid the legislators quite a bit to buy their vote. This is how it works in the Third World, not in a democracy. If the owners of puppy mills cannot even make sure the dogs have water or a tiny amount of room to move around in, then they should not be allowed to stay in operation.
The people have expressed our abhorrence at the practice of treating good, gentle dogs as though they were nothing more than widgets on an assembly line. I would like to urge your readers to contact their legislators and demand this expression of the best side of democracy, a vote demanding compassion for the weak and suffering, be respected.
Cynthia Parker lives in Columbia.