Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs "puppy mill" revisions
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Treatment of Animals
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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: Revisions to voter-approved Proposition B are in effect. On April 27 Gov. Jay Nixon signed a revision of Proposition B after a proposed compromise was approved by the Missouri General Assembly.
In response to arguments that legislators ignored the state voters, Nixon said, "Their votes did matter. Their votes fundamentally changed a discussion on what’s on going with our state and played a vital role getting this to the finish line."
The House voted 108-42, while the Senate voted 24-10.
The final revision included an emergency clause putting the measure into effect immediately. Reports indicate that the clause may prevent a referendum on the issue. The compromise developed following legislative action to repeal Proposition B that caused heated debates between supporters of the 2010 proposition and legislators.
According to reports, the new plan:
- repeals the maximum limit of 50 breeding dogs per business
- repeals a provision to send first-time dog care violators to jail
- doubles existing space requirements for current businesses by January 2012 and tripled by January 2016 (Any facilities constructed after April 15, 2011 would have to immediately comply with the tripled space requirements.)
- requires food and water access at least twice daily
- requires at least one yearly exam and prompt treatment for "serious illness or injury"
In reaction to the news, Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States said, "You can be sure we won’t relent in our efforts to call out animal cruelty to dogs, cats, or animals raised for food. And we’ll remind consumers and voters about Big Ag’s efforts to subvert the protection of animals, the environment, food safety, and democratic rights."
- Associated Press, "Mo. Gov. Nixon signs compromise dog-breeding bill," April 28, 2011 (dead link)
- St. Louis Beacon, "Legislature passes Nixon's compromise on Prop B restrictions on dog breeding," April 27, 2011
- Associated Press, "Mo. agriculture, animal groups strike deal to rewrite voter-approved law on dog breeders," April 18, 2011