Proposition B: dog breeding
The intensity and interest in Proposition B is evident in the discussion on ColumbiaMissourian.com. Can we reframe the debate as the legislature talks of repeal?
Legislators should respect the voice of the people and create no law that would nullify the Puppy Mill Prevention Act.
Groups trying to keep the ballot initiative from taking effect are considering judicial and legislative means of fighting the newly enacted law, which raises standards for commercial dog breeders.
New rules for dog breeders in Missouri, strongly supported by the Humane Society of the United States, were approved by the smallest of margins in Tuesday's election. Breeders have one year to come into compliance with the new regulations.
Supporters and opponents of the initiative discuss the Humane Society of the United States' goals in Missouri, who Proposition B regulations would apply to and what the HSUS has to do with local shelters.
There is no greater steward of the land and livestock than a farmer or rancher. To insinuate otherwise is insulting.
Missouri breeders find issues with Proposition B and fear compliance with the new regulations will shut them down. Proponents of the measure say it is necessary to protect thousands of puppies raised in substandard conditions.
Instead of passing Proposition B, additional funding should be allocated to enforce existing laws.
It's important to consider where the proposition is coming from before passing judgment on it.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs has requested that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources follow up on complaints of large-scale breeding facilities' and commercial dog brokers' illegally disposing of dog carcasses.
Voting 'yes' on Proposition B is an opportunity to support a system that values high standards.
Missouri veterinarians weigh in on which kind of flooring is best for dogs' health, how much access to the outdoors they need and if breaks between breeding cycles are necessary while professional breeders discuss their practices and what they think is best for their dogs' health.
It has criminal prohibitions that law enforcement can easily identify without a need to consult experts.
Proposition B is mainly known through Columbia as the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.” So why would a longtime trainer, exhibitor, local and national club member and instructor of dogs be against Proposition B?
The pro-Proposition B group is far ahead of its main opponent in fundraising, but that might not be the best indicator of which side will win on Nov. 2.
Tens of thousands of dogs are suffering in puppy mills across our state. We can change this for the better.
Voting NO on Proposition B does not mean you approve of puppy mills or inhumane conditions for dogs.
The TV advertisement identifies Tony La Russa as founder of the group Animal Rescue Foundation, not as the Cardinals manager.
Many articles written by the news people give the protesters more coverage than the main story.
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