October 18, 2010
Former Missouri Senator and Statesman Jack Danforth Endorses Prop B to Prevent Puppy Mill Cruelty in Missouri
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B – a coalition of individuals and animal welfare organizations supporting the statewide ballot measure to stop puppy mill cruelty – is pleased to announce that former U.S. Senator Jack Danforth has endorsed Proposition B.
Sen. Danforth is the latest prominent Missourian to join the broad list of Prop B supporters, which includes veterinarians and vet clinics, businesses, elected officials, animal protection groups and religious leaders from across Missouri. Last week, the St. Louis County Council and the Jackson County Legislature both endorsed the measure.
“It is time for Missouri to shake its unfortunate reputation as the center of the cruel puppy mill industry,” said Sen. Danforth, who was elected at 32 to be Missouri’s Attorney General, later served three terms for Missouri in the U.S. Senate, and also served as Ambassador to the United Nations. “Lifelong confinement and denial of veterinary care to dogs falls far short of meeting our responsibilities to man’s best friend.”
“Throughout his storied career, Sen. Danforth has been known for his humanity, and his support for Prop B reflects his compassionate instincts,” said Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/ YES! on Prop B.
At puppy mills in Missouri, dogs are typically crammed into small and filthy cages, denied veterinary care, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and given no exercise or human affection. These puppy mills are cruel and the way these dogs are treated is wrong. Prop B would stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common-sense standards for the care of dogs.
Prop B would amend Missouri law 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. The measure would also 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.
Prop B is supported by Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics from across the state; animal welfare charities and organizations, including the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, Wayside Waifs, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Best Friends Animal Society and The Humane Society of the United States; prominent Missouri figures such as Tony La Russa and Linda Bond; as well as responsible dog breeders, elected officials, religious leaders and Missouri businesses. For more information, visit YESonPropB.com.
Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer