There's been a lot of talk in Missouri about the upcoming ballot containing Proposition B, also known as the Puppy Mill Initiative, an Initiative State Statute, that would help stop puppy mill cruelty. Of the seven states that are known as "puppy mill states" due to having the largest number of puppy mills in the Country, Missouri is the leader. Earlier this year a petition was submitted to the Secretary of State with 190,000 signatures requesting tougher laws on puppy mills. This proposition is now known as Proposition B, and will be on voter's ballots in Missouri on November 2, 2010. While this doesn't pertain to many of us who do not live in Missouri, it is a step in the right direction. Hopefully with the successful passage of Proposition B, other states will follow.
What is Proposition B?
According to Ballotpedia, the ballot will ask, "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?"
Another argument is along the lines of law enforcement. Right now the law won't get involved unless there is a claim of animal cruelty that could take a long time to get the animal the basics, but with the new state initiated statute, it would be a crime involving local law enforcement. Specifically, it would be a Misdemeanor B. It is said that the government is trying to get a foothold in the agriculture business "where it doesn't belong," but I say it does belong. I've read enough articles, seen enough photos, and have read reports by the US Humane Society, including their report entitled, "Missouri's Dirty Dozen," to know that these dogs and puppies are being abused, and since so many breeders are being that irresponsible, it's time that the law does step in.