Dog Breeders vs. Animal Rights Activists

Are these two entities one in the same? Can you have one without the other? Some think so.

Missouri’s new ballot issue Prop B will appear on the Nov. 2 statewide ballot, urging votes to help enact the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.” This new set of laws would sharpen regulations on dog breeders in a substantial way. Proponents of this law are national animal-rights groups who see this law as a way to ensure that breeders within Missouri’s boarders are humanely treating all of their animals. Sounds fair enough, right?

Missouri dog-breeders don’t think so. They argue that the majority of licensed breeders care deeply for their animals and follow given regulations, and they fear that this law ignores the real problem of unlicensed breeders who operate without any rules or regulations at all. Many licensed breeders across Missouri worry that Prop B will give a pass to the worst offenders while forcing the good breeders out of business.

This information definitely complicates the issue. If unlicensed breeders are getting away with animal cruelty shouldn’t legislation be enacted focusing on this issue first and foremost?

I am all for the strict regulation of animal breeding farms and I think that it is extremely important for the law to crack down on animal cruelty but I think that the laws that are being created regarding these issue should address the bigger problems first. If unlicensed breeders are getting away with animal cruelty that extends way beyond that which is found in licensed breeding grounds, these institutions should be shut down immediately.

I do, however, think that more regulation for licensed breeders is inherently important and will enforce healthy and positive changes for Missouri Breeders so VOTE YES on PROB B!

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One Response to Dog Breeders vs. Animal Rights Activists

  1. Mark says:

    I agree with you that animal cruelty is unacceptable; however, will the passing of more laws (Prop B) in and of itself eliminate neglect and abuse? The public focus and available funding needs to be placed on the strict enforcement of current laws, thereby sending a message of zero tolerance to those who mistreat animals.

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