April 18, 2011
Statements in Response to “Compromise” Announced by Gov. Nixon and the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture
Several animal welfare organizations that provided major support for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs and the campaign to pass Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, issued the following statement in response to the “compromise” announced today by Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Agriculture:
“The will of the people should be respected, and this deal falls far short of the animal care standards that Missouri voters approved in Prop B. We were never against the idea of compromise, but we are against the idea of capitulation.” - Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.
“We applaud Governor Nixon and the Department of Agriculture for strengthening enforcement, but enforcement is meaningless without strong standards for the welfare of dogs. Missouri voters want to turn around the state’s reputation as the puppy mill capital of America, and the common-sense standards for dog breeding enacted with Prop B should not be jettisoned.” - ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres.
"We are disappointed that the compromises incorporated in the recently announced proposed legislation to amend the provisions of Prop B clearly fail to provide the protections for dogs in Missouri’s puppy mills that the citizens of the state wanted. We approve moves to strengthen enforcement, but Prop B’s improved standards for the humane treatment of these animals should not be discarded.” - Gregory Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society.