February 16, 2011
Missourians Gather in Jefferson City to Stop Repeal of Proposition B
Citizens from across Missouri participating in Humane Lobby Day 2011 will meet with lawmakers Wednesday at the capitol to urge them to oppose legislation currently being considered that would repeal or weaken the recently passed Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and Best Friends Animal Society are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.
“Animal advocates from all over the state are coming together on Humane Lobby Day to remind their representatives that Missouri voters want to protect our state’s breeding dogs, and want lawmakers to uphold Proposition B,” said Barbara Schmitz, Missouri state director for The HSUS.
Last November, nearly one million Missouri voters voiced their conclusive support for Proposition B to end cruel practices and strengthen standards of care for dogs in Missouri’s large-scale commercial dog-breeding facilities. Proposition B passed in a majority of state Senate, state House, and Congressional districts. Attendees of Humane Lobby Day will band together to ask their representatives and senators to uphold the will of the people and maintain these much needed protections for breeding dogs throughout the state. Animal advocates will be speaking out against the following bills:
- SB 4 – sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton.
- SB 95 – sponsored by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown.
- SB 113 – sponsored by Rep. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar.
- HB 94 – sponsored by Rep. Tony Duggar, R-Hartville.
- HB 99 – sponsored by Rep. Tom Loehner, R-Koeltztown.
- HB 100 – sponsored by Rep. Tom Loehner, R-Koeltztown.
- HB 131 – sponsored by Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia.
- HB 281 – sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar.
- HJR 3 – sponsored by Rep. Tom Loehner, R-Koeltztown.
- HB 332 – sponsored by Rep. Ward Franz, R-West Plains.
- HB 405 – sponsored by Rep. Crawford, R- Buffalo.
- HJR 17 – sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem.
“Proposition B was a citizen-supported initiative and its passage reflects the power that we as concerned Missourians have to participate in legislative change,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It’s important for lawmakers to hear from their constituents, and we’re thrilled with all of the supporters attending Humane Lobby Day and championing to protect Missouri’s breeding dogs.”
Proposition B builds on the current state-mandated regulations and provides basic standards of care for dogs at large-scale commercial breeding facilities. The measure requires that breeding dogs receive sufficient food and clean water, adequate space to turn around and stretch their limbs, protection from the elements, regular exercise, and necessary veterinary care. It prohibits the harmful practices of using stacked cages, which encourages overcrowding, and using wire flooring, which causes discomfort and often injures the dogs. The measure also prohibits any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets.
For more information on Proposition B, please visit MissouriforDogs.com.
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