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Missouri judge upholds "puppy mill" ballot language

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August 16, 2010

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: A Cole County Circuit judge ruled on August 13 that the ballot language for Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, Proposition B will remain as written by the Missouri Secretary of State. At the center of the legal challenge was the term "puppy mills." Karen Strange of the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners said, "The Humane Society intentionally uses the term 'puppy mill' because they know it infuriates people."[1]

However, on August 13, Judge Jon Beetem said that the summary drafted by Secretary Carnahan was "neither insufficient nor unfair." [2] In reaction to the court ruling, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said she was "pleased the circuit court has found our ballot summary statement to be fair and accurate."[3]

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