Missouri State Senate Overturns Puppy Mill Law Favored By Voters

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This is acceptable to Missouri State Senators. Shame on them!

It’s a slap in the face to democracy. It’s a slap in the face to dog lovers.

Tuesday night the Missouri Senate gave its preliminary approval to SB 113, sweeping legislation that abolishes every core provision of Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.

In November 2010, nearly one million Missouri citizens voted to pass Prop B which required that commercial puppy producers provide breeding dogs with daily access to nutritious food, continuous access to drinkable water, veterinary care for illness or injury, safe housing, adequate space, and room to exercise.

“Some lawmakers are not only thumbing their noses at a statewide vote of the people, but are also voting against their own districts,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “Whether you care about protecting dogs from abuse, or care about the democratic decision-making process, this assault on the will of the people must be stopped.”

Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, noted that voters passed Prop B by greater margins than many of them were elected by..

Eighteen of the 34 senators live in districts that passed the law, Justus said, noting that 15 lived in districts passing the measure by more than 60 percent of the vote.

Among the changes included in SB113, which was brought to the Senate floor Tuesday night by Missouri senator Mike Parson, was the removal of detailed criminal penalties as well as the removal of size restrictions on breeding operations.

While the leaders of the repeal effort repeatedly claimed on the Senate floor that licensed breeders are not a problem and they want to focus only on unlicensed operations, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs released a report demonstrating major continuing problems in licensed puppy mills.

The new report on “Missouri’s Dirty Dozen”—reportedly some of the worst licensed puppy mills in Missouri, including six new licensed kennels of concern—demonstrates that many of the worst puppy mills in the state are still licensed and in business six months after their histories were made public.

Among the violations noted in the report, were sick or dying puppies who had not been treated by a veterinarian; dogs and puppies found shivering in the cold in 28 degrees, dogs with oozing, open lesions and injuries that had not been treated by a vet; puppies with their feet falling through wire cage floors; and dogs so emaciated that their bones were clearly visible through their skin.

Many Missourians who voted for Prop B, were quite vocal in their displeasure at the Senate’s move. Lauri Casey of Springfield, Missouri however, said it best. ?”That’s what our country was based on — us having a say so in our government, If we vote for legislation and they are able to change it because they don’t like the way we voted, then I think that is wrong,” she said.

By Elaine Furst For Dog Files

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Babyblubenz333
Babyblubenz333
13 years ago

I pray that you bastards don’t see another day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P Woolfs
P Woolfs
13 years ago

What can we, in England do to help STOP this terrible cruelty

P Woolfs
P Woolfs
13 years ago

Sometimes i feel ashamed to call myself human…….. if this is what so called humans can do …. and allow others to do …. it’s disgracful

Furbabies
Furbabies
13 years ago

Someone has there hands the Sate Senators pockets…there is no reason why this would happen otherwise.

Charz
Charz
13 years ago

well, I definately wont be visiting the USA now, rather spend my tourist dollars elsewhere! & others considering holidaying the should do the same…this is disgraceful 🙁

Clickitdog
13 years ago

Missouri residetns lets show them our votes count and mean something, next election we shall vote them out.

MissBehave
13 years ago
Reply to  Clickitdog

I’m afraid the vengeance I want and the results and myself are not willing to wait, not only that, in their home counties sad to say I think they will probably remain right where they are.
I can actually say that I hate them, personally, this is not just a matter of law or dislaw, it is a matter of violation. I wish I had the power to banish them to the anarctic, never to set foot in civilized society again, they have proven themselves immoral and unfit to live among us.

Sweetcufs
Sweetcufs
12 years ago
Reply to  Clickitdog

I can’t wait to send a message to these disgusting perverted bullies disguised as public servants.

Misskotton
Misskotton
13 years ago

What a sad day for puppies and for Missouri. That our elected politicians should betray us. Parson has a conflict of interest though, a stake in how this all turns out. Since he is involved in agriculture and agriculture is the one screwing up by not inspecting and ticketing these puppy mills, it seems that he has alleged the Humane Society is a dedicated cause for animals, yes it is, and

PARSONS is a dedicated turncoat who is paid to serve his own interests and in the process betray the majority voters in Missouri.

Shame on Parsons and shame on Missouri if this is allowed to prevail. I have already looked up the forms and information I need to file an ethics complaint against Parsons and anyone else who joined forces with him who has ties to agriculture or who suddenly has some extra money in his pocket.

Misskotton
Misskotton
13 years ago

What a sad day for puppies and for Missouri. That our elected politicians should betray us. Parson has a conflict of interest though, a stake in how this all turns out. Since he is involved in agriculture and agriculture is the one screwing up by not inspecting and ticketing these puppy mills, it seems that he has alleged the Humane Society is a dedicated cause for animals, yes it is, and

PARSONS is a dedicated turncoat who is paid to serve his own interests and in the process betray the majority voters in Missouri.

Shame on Parsons and shame on Missouri if this is allowed to prevail. I have already looked up the forms and information I need to file an ethics complaint against Parsons and anyone else who joined forces with him who has ties to agriculture or who suddenly has some extra money in his pocket.

MissBehave
13 years ago

Prior to this moment I was having an unpleasant day. NOW, it is a perfectly horrible day and I am so angry I can barely see and/or type. Because it is clear to me that, just as in the vote, the majority of people believe this should stay if for no other reason than to honor the vote, which is a very important consideration.
They were not elected to serve themselves and I am so angry I could spit in their face and be happy to do so.

MissBehave
13 years ago

They should be thrown out immediately because they have violated the people of Missouri and revealed themselves as low-class, immoral bullies, just the kinds of character desirable for any good dictator in the making to have.
I’m afraid I’m having a difficult time expressing the degree of my outrage in language which is printable.

MissBehave
13 years ago

This is not over. The governor may step in. God help him if he doesn’t. I have never ever in my entire life regretted the fact that I am an american. Now I do and I fail to see why immigrants risk their lives coming here for it is nothing but a cesspool of grafts and payoffs performed by bloated and disgusting creatures disguised as men.

MissBehave
13 years ago

Some day, I do not know when, but some day after the too-long continuation of the moral decay in our government that allows people’s home to be taken from them in a court of “law” with fraudulent forged documents by people who have done the same to millions of others and now that our vote means nothing.
I wonder if the people who marched in the 60s for the right to vote realize now that some of them gave their lives for nothing.
Some day, after being oppressed long enough you can replay the scenarios happening in places like Libya and Romania a few years ago, place Americans in the role of the revolutionaries, it will happen here, a violent, bloody coup against a government which has forgotten it is not here to rule and violate.

Tonight, were someone to say let’s go, I would be there in a heartbeat, ready to do my small part in physically dragging them from the “halls of justice” to the street for execution. Just as we saw with Sadam Hussein and Ceaucescu, that is the eventual fate of all bully dictators. A curse on them and the men and women who spawned them.

rinainwashington
rinainwashington
12 years ago

If we want to be human we have to master our rage. The controls on puppy mills and industrial style animal “management” must be pushed and pushed until they stick. And we citizens, the fourth and most critical leg of our government, must consider whether we need to force legislation to limit the degree to which elected officials can do as they please in office. Representation must have limitations in its latitude. Prop B should stand, and legislators who ignore the voice of the rest of us can be voted out.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

As long as mastering our rage doesn’t equate to being screwed over and not doing anything about it.  Nothing is being done, we got screwed.  There are avenues available in court to pursue this but no one is.

How do you spell corruption?   M I S S O U R I.

rinainwashington
rinainwashington
12 years ago

If we want to be human we have to master our rage. The controls on puppy mills and industrial style animal “management” must be pushed and pushed until they stick. And we citizens, the fourth and most critical leg of our government, must consider whether we need to force legislation to limit the degree to which elected officials can do as they please in office. Representation must have limitations in its latitude. Prop B should stand, and legislators who ignore the voice of the rest of us can be voted out.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

I am one of those slapped in the face when the Missouri Legislators served themselves and voted to deny me my rightful voice and vote.   THE DAY AFTER PROP B was passed I saw comments on discussion boards from puppy mill proponents telling others NOT TO WORRY because they already had SOMEBODY working on this and it was never going to become a law and dang me if it didn’t go down exactly like that.  Mike Parsons is a cattle owner and a member of the Cattlemen’s Association whose web site said right up front that THEY SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM.  They say (I guess they can’t read English) that this is about turning the United States into vegetarians and is about all livestock not just dogs and so that is why they were soliciting donations to pay to support those like Mike Parsons who support them and himself by doing as they damn well please.

I am still mad as hell about this and I am angry at Governor Nixon for selling us out.   The LAW said Prop B passed and if Nixon was interested in the law he would have vetoed those who trashed Prop B because what they were doing was corrupt as heck.  Instead he made a trumped up bogus “compromise” and then got on YouTube teliing everybody what a happy day it was for everybody WHICH is B.S. clearly. 

The day after Prop B passed the corrupt legislators were already at work, Nixon is corrupt too and a sellout.  Why should we believe we live in a democracy when any jerk dictator disguised as a self-serving legislator can come along and cancel out my vote, any votes, any election he doesn’t approve of.

I am in the process of moving out of this corrupt disgusting state and in the meantime I go to Kansas to do my shopping because Missouri is not getting one dime of my money to pay the salary of corrupt legislators and sellout governors.

Dog Jerky Treats
12 years ago

WTF…..Are these senates full of untamed beasts. 

Orange County Web Design & GEO

Its a shame to the entire nation. 

For the Dogs
For the Dogs
11 years ago

Election time is coming soon! I hope everyone does not forget about this and votes these ignorant, greedy bast*rds out of office this year.

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