May 4, 2010
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs Launches Radio Ad Against Legislative Power Grab
New radio spot asks supporters to call their legislators
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, the group spearheading the ballot measure to prevent puppy mill cruelty, today launched a statewide radio advertising campaign urging state lawmakers not to undermine the citizen-backed initiative. Although more than 190,000 Missouri voters signed petitions to place the puppy mill measure on the statewide ballot, legislators are considering several bills that could prevent voters from having their say on the issue.
The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act is a measure aimed at turning around Missouri's reputation as the "puppy mill capital of America." It will provide more humane treatment of dogs by requiring commercial breeding operations to provide adequate space, exercise, food, water and veterinary care.
State legislators are considering several measures—including HJR 86, HB 1747 and SB 795—that could undermine citizens' right to vote on animal cruelty issues. Missourians for the Protection of Dogs is asking Missouri citizens to contact their state senators to urge them to reject any legislation that takes away voting rights.
"Unbelievably, a small group of politicians in Jefferson City want to take away Missourians' right to decide animal cruelty issues on the ballot—while they keep all the power for themselves and use it to protect puppy mills from regulation," said Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager of Missourians for the Protection of Dogs. "The right to petition our government is guaranteed by the Missouri state constitution, and tens of thousands of citizens have petitioned to stop this cruel and inhumane treatment of dogs."
Lawmakers in Iowa enacted puppy mill legislation in that state earlier this year, and a similar bill in Oklahoma now awaits the governor's signature. After Missouri, they are the largest dog breeding states in the nation. Last year, 10 states approved legislation to address puppy mill problems.
The ads are running statewide beginning today. To listen to the radio spot, click here.
Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs is comprised of numerous individuals, veterinarians, and animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States. Details on the ballot initiative are available at missourifordogs.com.