Missouri Animal Baiting and Fighting Prohibition, Proposition A (1998)

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The Missouri Animal Baiting and Fighting Prohibition Proposition, also known as Proposition A, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Missouri as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure made it a class D felony to bait or fight animals, permit such activities on premises you control, or promote, conduct, stage, advertise or collect fees for such activities. The measure also made it a class A misdemeanor to knowingly attend baiting or fighting of animals, knowingly sell, offer for sale or transport animals for such purposes or to engage in behaviors related to cockfighting and bear wrestling.[1][2]

Aftermath

In 2000, a trade association of gamefowl breeders unsuccessfully attempted to have the initiative declared invalid, in the case of United Gamefowl Breeders v. Nixon.[3]

Election results

Missouri Proposition A (1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 952,654 61.50%
No596,35238.50%

Election results via: University of Missouri Institute for Public Policy

Text of measure

The question on the ballot appeared as:[2]

Shall a statute be enacted making it a class D felony to bait or fight animals; permit such activities on premises you control; or promote conduct, stage, advertise or collect fees for such activities; and making it a class A misdemeanor to knowingly attend baiting or fighting of animals; knowingly sell, offer for sale, or transport animals for such purposes; own, possess, manufacture ordeal in cockfighting implements; bear wrestling; permit bear wrestling on premises you control; promote, conduct, stage, advertise, or collect fees for bear wrestling; or market, possess, train, or surgically alter a bear for bear wrestling?

The estimated fiscal impact of this proposed measure on state and local governments is $0. [4]

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