Missouri senator files legislation to repeal "puppy mill" measure
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: Efforts to repeal Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, Proposition B are moving forward. Late last week, on the first day to file legislation for consideration in the 2011 legislative session, Sen. Bill Stouffer officially filed a bill to repeal Proposition B.
The Proposition B, also known as the "Puppy Mill Initiative," proposed adopting new rules for dog-breeders, including setting a limit on the number of dogs that were used for breeding purposes, requiring resting periods between breeding and establishing other requirements. The measure required that dog-breeders only be able to have 50 breeding dogs and required them to feed those animals daily and regularly.
Although the measure was supported by multiple animal welfare groups, some lawmakers and breeders argue that the measure may lead to further animal regulations and that the measure, as it was approved, will not help solve the problem of dog abuse. Stouffer said, "It does nothing to solve the problem of dog abuse. It only targets licensed dealers, and people that are ignoring the law now are not affected by this."
Supporters of the measure argue that lawmakers should "respect the will of the people" and refrain from repealing the voter-approved measure.