Your Dog is Barking: “Go Out and Vote!”

Today is a big day for America. Not big like your dog’s King Kong poop after he’s finished the left over from Thanksgiving dinner, but big like it’s going to determine the fate of the political swing of the US government.

Ok, enough poop talk, now let’s talk about your dog’s doo-doo instead.

(Ah yes, the pun will never stop.)

Seriously, today’s a big day for most states. And it should be for MOST people. Especially if you’re a dog owner from Missouri.

There’s a ballot in Missouri that calls for raising the minimum living standard for puppies sold by breeders and kennels, and raising the punishment for those who violate these types of animal rights laws.

Official Ballot Title:

Shall Missouri law be amended 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;
  • 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?

It is estimated state governmental entities will incur costs of $654,768 (on-going costs of $521,356 and one-time costs of $133,412). Some local governmental entities may experience costs related to enforcement activities and savings related to reduced animal care activities.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will 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 amendment further prohibits any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets.  The amendment also creates a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations.

A “no” vote will not change the current Missouri law regarding dog breeders.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

As you all probably know (since PawshPal blog readers are the smartest people on the planet), puppy mills are frowned upon. It adds to already crowded population of dogs, which leads to euthanasia of unwanted dogs. Even worse, people desire certain traits in dogs, which means breeders have economic incentive to overbreed certain types of dogs. Breeders will even allow incestual mating to breed that economically “perfect” puppy, which ironically is genetically and biologically the most imperfect dog of all. But why do puppy mills exist? Simple reason: people demand them and are willing to pay for them.

The puppy mill problem in Missouri is so bad that there is a website dedicated to addressing this issue. There are 12 kennels that made the list, and some of their offenses include:

One Kennel (Jesse and Song Miller’s Walnut Creek Kennel) made the list because it noted on a proposed USDA program of veterinary care that the owner intended to dispose of unwanted dogs “by clubbing the dogs”

A kennl operator on the dishonorable mentions list (Wendy Layman, Shadow Mountain Ranch, Rogersville) had her license revoked by the UDA for repeatedly violating the Animal Welfare Act, yet she remains state-licensed and continues to sell puppies over the internet.

Instead of euthanizing dogs, maybe we should euthanize these people.

So go out and vote! Especially if you live in Missouri. Tell your friends about this and let them know!

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