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October 26, 2010

Two Prominent Missouri Natives, Kevin Kline and Chris Cooper, Support Prop B to Prevent Puppy Mill Cruelty

Two well-known and respected Missouri natives, Oscar-winning actors Kevin Kline and Chris Cooper, are adding their names to the list of those endorsing Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act on the November ballot. Kline and Cooper are animal lovers who are supporting Prop B to stop puppy mill cruelty in their home state.

Cooper and his wife, Marianne Leone Cooper, adopted two dogs from Missouri puppy mills, named Lucky Dog and French Fry. Cooper says that when they adopted the dogs at age 2 and 3, “they didn't know their names. They were not housebroken. They cowered when we went near them. Their little legs were stiff from life in a cage. Today Lucky and Frenchy frolic and play freely outside, and snuggle with us at night in their favorite chair. The puppy mills that imprisoned them for the first three years of their lives and keep other dogs in appalling, inhumane conditions are an abomination. We are delighted that there is a measure in the works to stop these animals’ suffering."

Both Kline and Cooper have appeared on Broadway and in numerous films and television shows. Kline has appeared in movies including The Ice Storm, The Big Chill, Sophie's Choice and A Fish Called Wanda. Cooper’s credits include American Beauty, Adaptation, The Bourne Identity, Lonesome Dove and Lone Star. Cooper majored in agriculture and acting at the University of Missouri.

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 also 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, Jack Danforth and Linda Bond; as well as responsible dog breeders, elected officials, religious leaders and Missouri businesses.

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Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer

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