Just like the local cable company TV commercial, “who doesn’t like puppies?”, the promoters of the Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, known as “Proposition B” on the upcoming ballot, are pulling out the stops with images of sweet little girls and friendly vets cuddling precious little puppies to play on your emotions and get your vote.
Many in the U.S. might think the people of Missouri hate puppies because Missouri is known as puppy-mill central for the country.
Proposition B is backed by a group calling themselves, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, who delivered more than 190,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in May securing a place on this November’s ballot.
But is it really Missourians who are behind this proposed legislation?
No, says Nancy Kraus Womack, owner of Northridge Farm in northern metro Kansas City. Northridge is primarily a dressage, training, and eventing facility for equestrians. Nancy is a Silver medal winner with the United States Dressage Society and noted trainer throughout the Midwest. She is also a Republican Central Committee person in Platte County and active conservative.
Nancy has a lot to say on the subject of Prop B. In her blog at First Tuesday Press she identifies Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States as the main force behind this legislation:
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an animal RIGHTS organization behind the Missouri ballot initiative known as Proposition B—the puppy mill initiative. Who would be opposed to saving the puppies, you ask? Well, not me—–if I believed for one second Prop B was really about the welfare of dogs. Problem: this is NOT about animal welfare at all! This is about ultimately controlling the agriculture industry and once again, limiting the freedoms of the citizens of this State and this country.
Nancy points out that Wayne Pacelle is a radical animal rights activist who is a vegan. He opposes hunting and disclosed in an interview with Vegan.com that his intent is to eventually pursue legislation controlling agribusiness.
But it is not just Nancy who is speaking out against Prop B. David Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom said the following in an interview with Fox News:
The puppies are just a stalking horse for cows, pigs, and chickens. The Humane Society has an agenda here. They want to get rid of all large farms in the United States. As soon as they get this law they’re going to try and take a lateral step and apply it to livestock animals.
In KC Dog Blog, the unofficial watchdog on animal welfare issues, blogger, btoellner, points out
Prop B is written to put more restrictions on commercial breeding operations in the state – and defines a commercial breeder as anyone with more than 10 breeding dogs. Prop B calls for specific regulations on food and water, housing and vet care for animals — all of which is already covered under the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Care Facilities Act which already governs these breeding operations. (In fact, the ACFA actually mandates that all animals are fed every 12 hours whereas Prop B makes it only mandatory to feed every 24 hours — so it’s actually downgrading feeding requirements).
No rational, responsible person would support puppy mills. Responsible pet ownership includes spay and neuter, regular vet care, not allowing pets to roam, proper training, a good diet, water, and tons of love.
So many animal shelters and rescue groups have furry babies just waiting for new loving homes. For those who want a purebred pet, there are many breed specific rescue groups who are ready to assist with matching pet parent to available furry faces.
There are also so many legitimate private breeders who keep unaltered pets that they breed responsibly to further the breed itself or to provide the right owner with a champion show dog or cat. If you prefer this option make sure to check references and visit the home or facility to meet the breeders and see how they treat their animals.
Do not purchase a puppy from a pet store that buys puppies from puppy hills, plain and simple.
Voices opposing Prop B are quick to point out that there is sufficient legislation in place to regulate these mass “dog farms” and that Prop B is more emotion than reason. As KC Dog Blog commented, “so if we, as a state, cannot even enforce licensing and inspection requirements – -how are we going to enforce more legislation?”
Missouri voters need to educate themselves on this issue and not be swayed by emotion based appeals.
Egg Suckin Dogs by Jim Foster, DVM
Down on the Farm: The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights by Kristen Hinman
Disclosure: Like many others I contributed to the HSUS, Best Friends and numerous animal rescue groups, and even signed the petition to put this act on the ballot. I am opposed to puppy mills and want to see them gone completely along with all forms of animal cruelty. But like other conservatives, I oppose excessive and duplicating legislation when the problem lies with enforcement of existing law and the lapse of personal responsibility. I thank Nancy Kraus and so many others for doing the research and disclosure of the agenda behind this Prop B.
Special Note: This article garnered much attention, however the comments section was bombarded by HSUS activists who are obviously prowling the Internet seeking artices on this subject and posting extensive and offensive commentary with unauthorized links to their biased affiliates who simply will not tell the truth about their mission. Local TV ads are one-sided in promoting this Act with very little coverage to those behind it and their true agenda for America. Prop B does not shut down puppy mills; it will cost Missouri taxpayers and impose new layers of regulation on not only bad breeders and dog farms but also responsible breeders. It is shameful that Missouri is puppy mill central for the US but what is needed is more education of the consumer, enforcement of existing animal cruelty laws, and restraint when purchasing puppies making certain first that they come from a humane source. Prop B is the camel’s nose under the tent by the vegan movement and radical activists that seek to control all areas of commerce involving animals including agri-business and the American diet. Read their source material and interviews with Wayne Pacelle.
For those HSUS operatives who complained that I deleted their offensive commentary I say too bad; it’s my column and I can choose to allow commentary or not. You abused the privilege and now you are gone.