In a move that could put an end to the bitter war over Proposition B, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced today that he had brokered a “Missouri solution” that will protect dogs as well as agricultural interests.
The agreement, signed by key groups on both sides, incorporates parts of the dog-breeding initiative passed by state voters last November and parts of a bill rewriting Proposition B, passed last week by the Legislature and awaiting action by Nixon.
For example, the agreement would require larger cages with outdoor runs for breeding dogs, as Proposition B sought, but it would give breeders time to meet the new housing standards.
Also, it would remove the Proposition B provision that limited breeders to no more than 50 breeding dogs. But it would retain the requirement for annual hands-on exams of each dog by veterinarians, as well as treatment of any serious illnesses.
The agreement still needs approval by the Legislature before the mandatory May 13 adjournment of the legislative session.
“People with good minds and good will have come together to develop a Missouri solution to this Missouri issue, and together we have made significant progress,” Nixon said.
“I look forward to continuing to work with these leaders as we move this proposal through the legislative process as swiftly and efficiently as possible.”
The agreement was signed by: Kathy Warnick of the Humane Society of Missouri; Karen Strange of the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners; Bob Baker of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation; Barbara York of the Missouri Pet Breeders Association; Jon Hagler of the Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Don Nikodim, representing a group called Missouri Farmers Care.
According to the governor’s press secretary, key legislators who sponsored rollbacks of Proposition B are on board as well. Rep. Tom Loehner, R-Koelztown, called it “a win all-around.”