PROPOSITION B SUMMARY
The Official ballot title certified by Secretary of State on December 28, 2009.
OFFICIAL BALLOT TITLE AS CERTIFIED BY
SECRETARY OF STATE
Shall Missouri law be amended to:
•require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles;
•prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets; and
•create a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations?
It is estimated state governmental entities will incur costs of $654,768 (on-going costs of $521,356 and one-time costs of $133,412). Some local governmental entities may experience costs related to enforcement activities and savings related to reduced animal care activities.
Read the FULL TEXT HERE: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2010petitions/2010-085.asp
A rubuttal to arguements from the opposition posed to me:
• The word “puppy mill” is defined as a substandard commercial dog breeding facility. On 08-13-10, a Cole County circuit court judge upheld the initiative’s ballot title (“Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act”) and ruled that the language drafted by Secretary Carnahan for the petition summary was “neither insufficient nor unfair.”
• Proposition B addresses the issues concerning Missouri’s animal welfare laws within the Commercial breeding industry. Those people breeding dogs for sale without licenses are breaking the law also. They can be shut down for operating a business without a license. Hoarders fall under animal neglect/animal cruelty laws. The intent of Proposition B is to improve the quality of life for dogs in commercial breeding facilities.
• Propostition B creates a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations. As defined in the text of the law:
A person is guilty of the crime of puppy mill cruelty when he or she KNOWINGLY violates any provision of this section. The crime of puppy mill cruelty is a class C misdemeanor, unless the defendant has previously pled guilty to or been found guilty of a violation of this section, in which case each such violation is a class A misdemeanor. Each violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense. If any violation of this section meets the definition of animal abuse in section 578.012, the defendant may be charged and penalized under that section instead.
(The opposition’s arguement that “A drop of kibble in the water bowl a cobweb in the corner of a building, a scratch on a painted surface, etc” will cause someone to be arrested for Puppy Mill Cruelty is ridiculous! Proposition B states that the animal’s enclosure is “cleaned of waste at least once a day while the dog is outside the enclosure” and ” Sufficient food and clean water” is defined as “access to appropriate nutritious food at least once a day sufficient to maintain good health; and continuous access to potable water that is not frozen, and is free of debris, feces, algae, and other contaminants.” )
• Regarding stacked cages: Prop B reads “Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements” means constant and unfettered access to an indoor enclosure that has a solid floor; is not stacked or otherwise placed on top of or below another animal’s enclosure; is cleaned of waste at least once a day while the dog is outside the enclosure; and does not fall below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, or rise above 85 degrees Fahrenheit.”
For Dogs in Commercial Breeding Facilities, the cages are their perment home. In Shelters, the cages are temporary homes for the dogs. There is a HUGE difference between keeping a dog in a stacked cage for a few days to weeks versus 10-15 years!
The Opposition’s arguement that “Show breeders with more than ten intact female dogs could not crate their dogs for any purpose while preparing for shows, grooming or keeping intact females separate from males. ” is FALSE.
The truth: Prop B reads: This section shall not apply to a dog during examination, testing, operation, recuperation, or other individual treatment for veterinary purposes; during lawful scientific research; during transportation; during cleaning of a dog’s enclosure; during supervised outdoor exercise; or during any emergency that places a dog’s life in imminent danger. This section shall not apply to any retail pet store; animal shelter as defined in section 273.325; hobby or show breeders who have custody of no more than ten female covered dogs for the purpose of breeding those dogs and selling any offspring for use as a pet; or dog trainer who does not breed and sell any dogs for use as a pet. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit hunting or the ability to breed, raise, or sell hunting dogs.
•Proposition B Reads: ” Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person may have custody of more than fifty covered dogs for the purpose of breeding those animals and selling any offspring for use as a pet.
The Opposition’s Arguement that “Under Prop B Legal, licensed breeders could have NO MORE than 50 dogs, regardless of the excellent care they receive while anyone not breeding dogs could have unlimited numbers of dogs living in filthy conditions.” is FALSE. They’re are hoarding & animal neglect laws in place that apply to these conditions for people without licenses for breeding.
The Opposition’s Arguement that “Prop B creates the first step in HSUS and other animal rights groups dictating the number of animals one may own. ” This is an outright LIE and SCARE TACTIC by the opposition! The only way to limit the number of animals a person owns is to legislate the number. There are already different ordinances from county to county stating how many domestic pets an individual can keep in a home. These numbers vary from county to county & city to city.
•Proposition B reads: “Necessary veterinary care” means, at minimum, examination at least once yearly by a licensed veterinarian; prompt treatment of any illness or injury by a licensed veterinarian; and, where needed, humane euthanasia by a licensed veterinarian using lawful techniques deemed “Acceptable” by the American Veterinary Medical Association.”
The oppositions arguement “Prompt treatment for ANY illness or injury would be required by a licensed veterinarian, including something as simple as an upset stomach, torn toenail, cut on the nose, or any minor issue often treated by the breeder. Costs for veterinary care for minor issues would skyrocket, resulting in fewer purebred dogs available for public demand. ”
This is a misrepresentation of the legislation & blows it out of proportion. For one: Dogs can’t talk to tell you they have an “Upset stomach” but if the dog is throwing up … don’t you think the dog needs to see the vet? If a torn toenail causes that dog to limp…the dog should see a vet! If a cut on the nosewon’t heal …yes that dog should see a vet! Right now, a vet is only required to show up once a year to a breeding facility. That doesn’t mean that the vet sees every dog for an exam. With Prop B, each dog will be required to have an actual exam at least once per year.
• Prop B reads: “”Regular exercise” means constant and unfettered access to an outdoor exercise area that is composed of a solid, ground level surface with adequate drainage; provides some protection against sun, wind, rain, and snow; and provides each dog at least twice the square footage of the indoor floor space provided to that dog.”
The Opposition’s arguement that: “Prop B requires constant and unfettered access to an outside exercise area which will be deadly to newborn and non-weaned puppies that may crawl outside to follow their mothers and cannot find their way back inside. Babies will die of heat exhaustion and dehydration in the summer and hypothermia in the winter. Drafts of air created by required indoor/outdoor runs for mothers will ensure upper respiratory stress and pneumonia for babies, resulting in the deaths of many newborn puppies. “ Is FALSE, REDICULOUS, & YET ANOTHER SCARE TACTIC! Prop B ALSO states that “This section shall not apply to a dog during examination, testing, operation, recuperation, or other individual treatment for veterinary purposes”. Bearing & weaning puppies qualifies as RECUPURATION. During the weaning process, neither the breeding dog not the puppies would have to bear to the unfettered access condition.
•Prop B states: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit hunting or the ability to breed, raise, or sell hunting dogs.”
The oppositions arguement that: “Breeders of hunting dogs are exempt from licensing unless even one of their dogs or puppies is sold as a pet or lives inside the home of the purchaser.” IS A LIE & SCARE TACTIC.
• The oppositions arguement: “There is no scientific basis for eliminating tenderfoot flooring which allows for easy cleaning and sterilizing of enclosures. ” WOW! DO YOU REALLY NEED AS SCIENTIFIC STUDY TO KNOW THAT WIRE BOTTOM CAGES CAUSE SPLAYED PAWS & THE INABILITY TO WALK ON SOLID GROUND? You Tube some videos of dogs in puppy mills & see it for yourself.
• Prop B States: ”Necessary veterinary care” means, at minimum, examination at least once yearly by a licensed veterinarian; prompt treatment of any illness or injury by a licensed veterinarian; and, where needed, humane euthanasia by a licensed veterinarian using lawful techniques deemed “Acceptable” by the American Veterinary Medical Association.” & also “Adequate rest between breeding cycles: means, at minimum, ensuring that dogs are not bred to produce more than two litters in any 18 month period.”
The Opposition’s Arguement : “Proposition B interferes with the working relationship between a breeder and his or her veterinarian on the health of their dogs and the frequency of breeding. The Department of Agriculture would be charged with determining the breeding frequency of dogs in licensed facilities.” MORE SCARE TACTICS FROM THE OPPOSITION. Prop B simply says the dogs need to be seen by a vet at least once a year for an exam & that they cannot be bred more than 2 times in 18 months. The “Relationship” between a breeder & a vet is only as good as the breeder wants it to be with or withour prop B!
• The Opposition’s Arguement: “HSUS has introduced Prop B as a means of eliminating the legal, licensed professional dog breeders in Missouri. According to the Department of Agriculture, no current licensed breeder can comply with the regulations put forth in Prop B, no matter how clean and well run the facility. Cost prohibitive space requirements coupled with misdemeanor crimes for the most minor of issues will eliminate the legal industry in our state. ” MORE SCARE TACTICS FROM THE OPPOSITION. First off, it’s not just HSUS, but also, HSMO, MAAL & ASPCA invloved with this legislation. I’ve also never seen where the Dept of Agriculture has said “no current licensed breeder can comply with the regulations put forth in Prop B” These are reasonable measures that GOOD breeders already comply with!
• The Opposition’s arguement “Only unlicensed, substandard breeders will be left to produce puppies while continuing to hide from state laws. ” STILL MORE SCARE TACTICS FROM THE OPPOSITION.
Unliscensed breeders can be shut down for doing business without a license!
The opposition states: “Compare current Missouri law to Proposition B. ” No need to…PROP B IS IN ADDITION TO CURRENT LAW IT DOES NOT REPLACE THE CURRENT LAW!
PROPOSITION B READS: “The provisions of this section are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other state and federal laws protecting animal welfare. This section shall not be construed to limit any state law or regulation protecting the welfare of animals, nor shall anything in this section prevent a local governing body from adopting and enforcing its own animal welfare laws and regulations in addition to this section.”
MISSOURI IS THE SHOW ME STATE,
IT’S TIME TO SHOW COMPASSION!
VOTE YES! ON PROP B!
More info about Missouri Puppy Mills & Animal welfare Law in Missouri can be found at: http://www.maal.org/Puppy-Mills.asp
Join the Campaign at: www.yesonpropb.com
According to the Department of Agriculture, A Blue Ribbon Kennel has exceeded industry standardswhen it comes to the care & welfare of animals. They are held to a higher standard than any other kennel in Missouri.
See what a Blue Ribbon Kennel looks like:
A picture says a thousands words.
This is why Missouri needs better commercial dog breeding laws.
Our weak laws are the reason that Missouri is the puppy mill capitol of the United States.
Please join me in voting YES on Prop B!