MFN E-alert: Proposition B, 2010 General Election
“B is Bad!”
Vote “NO” To defend Missouri against animal rights extremism!
Proposed by a citizens’ Initiative Petition. (Go to http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2010petitions/2010-085.asp to read the full text of this proposed Missouri state statutory provision.)
Official Ballot Title: (The summary question you will see in the voting booth)
Shall Missouri law be amended to:
require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary
veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles;
prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets; and
create a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations?
Fair Ballot Language: (Additional clarification required by law, provided by Secretary of State’s office.)
A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles. The amendment further prohibits any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets. The amendment also creates a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations.
A “no” vote will not change the current Missouri law regarding dog breeders.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.
Analysis: Proposition B is Bad. It is misleading and deceptive. there is ample evidence that this is a big step as part of an extremist animal rights/liberation agenda that threatens all animal agriculture, here in Missouri, and it is sponsored by an overwhelmingly wealthy organization steeped in deception.
Missouri dog breeders are already highly regulated (see State Criminal Statues 578.009 RSMo. Animal Neglect and Abandonment, & 578.012 RSMo. Animal Abuse; and the Code of State Regulations, Rules of the Department of Agriculture, Division 30 Animal Health, Chapter 9 Animal Care Facilities)
Anyone operating a “puppy mill” in Missouri is already criminally guilty of these laws. If you pause to think about it you have seen the occasional violation as the raids and seizures of animals are always highlighted on the evening newscasts. Proposition B is deceptive in that it does not even define what constitutes a “puppy mill”! The proposal duplicates some of the existing law and then creates a myriad of restrictive guidelines designed to harass and shut down reputable kennels. These unrealistic guidelines are commonly believed to have been written as a basis for using state laws to attack normal and customary practices throughout Missouri’s various farm animal operations and agricultural industries. In doing so the proposal even weakens some current animal welfare laws!
This citizens’ initiative and the misleading media campaign supporting it is sponsored by an extremist group well known for its radical agenda to eliminate ALL human/animal interactions. A onetime legitimate animal welfare organization, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was targeted and taken over by a collaboration of radical animal liberation leaders already known for their extreme views and actions. Today HSUS is the world’s wealthiest animal rights/liberation group warring against every animal industry known to modern man.
HSUS aggressively pushes for a vegan culture totally free of human contact with any animals for any purpose whatsoever. No agriculture, no food, no pets, no zoos, no medical research, no social or patient therapy with animals, no aquariums, no animal by-products such as most plastics and rubber products or cosmetics and textiles. This is why just about every major farm animal and crop commodity association in the state is opposing Proposition B.
While using highly emotional campaigns to prey on the hearts of voters and donors alike, HSUS gives less than one half of one percent of its funds to help provide relief for distressed animals. They own absolutely no shelters or facilities and do not operate a single clinic or sanctuary for needy animals. Almost their entire one hundred twenty million dollar annual budget ($120,000,000.) is spent on executive salaries/pensions, fund raising, and political activism!
Why then is HSUS targeting Missouri’s dog industry for the 2010 November election? Wayne Pacelle, HSUS’ CEO, has clearly stated that ballot initiatives “pay dividends and serve as a training ground for activists” and “that ballot initiatives would be used for all manners of legislation in the future.” HSUS ignores the fact that Missouri enacted the Animal Care Facilities Act in 1992, and the fact that Missouri has some of the most strictly regulated dog breeder laws in the nation. (22 pages of detailed regulations)
The goal of Proposition B is to eliminate all legal, licensed pet breeders and to limit free enterprise. If enacted, the ballot initiative will eliminate over 1460 licensed, professional agriculture operations in our state. The costs will be enormous as feed stores, supply companies, veterinarians, groomers, and all businesses related to pet ownership will see a sharp decrease in business. Professional breeders will be forced out of business due to unattainable requirements in Proposition B. Many will lose their family farms and employment, resulting in decreased property values and lost taxes for local communities.
HSUS’s worldview is that ALL domestic animals should be returned to the wild. But the Biblical worldview is that God created man to subdue and utilize the various elements of His creation, including a proper stewardship of His animals. Abuse of that stewardship is clearly wrong. However, abuse of our stewardship through omission (“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17) is just as sinful as abuse through commission. God provided for proper animal husbandry as a legitimate/necessary human endeavor. In turn mankind is blessed with many benefits.
As state and national veterinary groups also oppose Proposition B consider this: If you enjoy eating, realize the extent of animal agriculture’s contribution to your daily quality of life (other than food), appreciate advances in medical research, value the world class St. Louis Zoo, engage in hunting or fishing, enjoy horseback riding or support other animal related activities such as service animals for the handicapped or patient therapies, have or support others having pets or aquariums, please share this information with your family and friends and vote “NO” on Proposition B.
For more information on Proposition B see the special www.Metrovoice.net articles exposing HSUS. You may also visit The Alliance for Truth at www.thealliancefor truth.com and/or Missourians for Animal Care at www.missourifac.com. But remember, B is Bad – please vote “NO”!