'Puppy Mill' Prevention Act's narrow 51.5% passage has Missouri lawmakers examining a repeal.
Published: Nov 8, 2010
Missouri lawmakers, in both the House and Senate, said they would support efforts by dog breeders and agricultural groups to repeal or dilute Proposition B, the so-called "Puppy Mill Prevention Act," passed by voters Nov. 2.
"We will start working on that issue immediately," said Senator-elect Mike Parson, whose district includes more than 150 licensed breeding operations. The next legislative session begins Jan. 5.
Proposition B, which will put new restrictions on state dog breeders, passed by substantial margins in urban areas, but failed in 100 of the state's 114 counties. Overall, it got 51.6% of the vote. However, licensed breeders and virtually all of the state's agricultural groups strongly opposed it saying it will force legitimate breeders out of business while doing nothing about unlicensed breeders.
Ag groups also argued passage of the measure – strongly backed by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups --- was just the first step as these groups move on to try and regulate animal agriculture out of business. Read More
This was way closer than Wayne and Co. would like to think about. He regularly goes into states and tells ag groups that they can win any vote by a healthy margin. It’s more apparent than ever that he’s blowing smoke yet again. There’s no doubt that the HSUS will come uncorked if there’s any attempt to modify the law. HSUS is losing their credibility piece by piece every single day and this vote confirms it.