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UPDATE: Has Diluted Law Helped Dogs In Puppy Mill Capital, USA?



BACKGROUND

Saved from a Missouri puppy mill, these Westies arrive at Flawdogs Adoption in Morse Mill, MO. Kinship Circle’s Brenda Shoss and her son Elijah helped unload the pups, whose paws had never before felt soil — only a wire-bottom cage. Photo (c) Kinship Circle.

ANNIVERSARY OF A GUTTED LAW FOR DOGS IN MISSOURI MILLS
After nearly 1 million voters passed Prop B - Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act (effective in 2011), Missouri’s Republican led legislature devised a new bill to gut the original. Then they approved the we-know-better version, essentially trashing the people’s will — along with hope for dogs in Missouri’s estimated 3,000 mass breeding operations.

Citing economic hardship(!) and an animal rights agenda(!), the nation’s Puppy Mill Capital fiercely clung to its epithet. In fact, Prop B merely mandated sufficient food, water, exercise, cage size, hygiene and medical care. It sought to shield dogs from intense heat or cold and instate more humane breeding cycles. Voters were furious to see their successful ballot initiative ignored. Breeders still fumed over any measures to regulate them. So Governor Jay Nixon intervened with the "Missouri Compromise," another set of softened rules engineered to appease both sides.

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A rescued dog gets daily medication from a worker at Humane Society of Missouri on 4/26/12. The dog is not yet available for adoption. Photo by David Carson, St. Louis Post Dispatch. Where did Missouri’s puppy mill debate go?

Over 100 dogs are rescued from squalor at an illegal Phelps County, MO facility. Photo from Missouri Attorney General Koster participates in raid on unlicensed breeder.

Another dog retrieved from a Missouri breeding operation awaits daily medication at Humane Society of Missouri on 4/26/12. Photo by David Carson, St. Louis Post Dispatch. Where did Missouri’s puppy mill debate go?

Brandy Vincent, an animal health technician with Humane Society of Missouri, treats a dog on 4/26/12, after the animal was rescued from a breeding facility near Verona, MO in early April. Photo by David Carson, St. Louis Post Dispatch. Where did Missouri’s puppy mill debate go?

spacer RULES FOR MISSOURI BREEDERS IN EFFECT 1 FULL YEAR NOW
Governor Nixon’s conciliatory plan marks its 1-year anniversary in 2012. Has anything changed in a state that supplies an estimated 40% of all pups marketed in the U.S.?

Comments below are excerpted from St. Louis Post Dispatch, Where did Missouri's 'puppy mill' debate go? By Todd C. Frankel 4/27/12

SPRINGBOARD TO CHANGE OR FAILED EFFORT?
  • Since installation of new rules, state-licensed commercial dog breeders decreased by 21% in 2011 and another 10% so far in 2012.

  • Officially, 1,000 licensed breeders operate in Missouri now, compared to 1,802 in 2008 (Animal Care Facilities Act statistics)

  • Some attribute changes to Missouri’s Agriculture Department director, Jon Hagler, appointed in 2009. Under Hagler’s watch, yearly breeder, kennel and shelter inspections are up by 150%. Recorded violations rose 47% from 2009 to 2010.

  • A debate over the meaning of "veterinarian visits" raged on, with breeders calling for visual exams only and animal advocates demanding hands-on assessment. In the end, rules require firsthand checks of each dog.

  • In early 2012, Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) still backed a ballot initiative that would require 75% of lawmakers (rather than the current simple majority) to manipulate or overturn voter referendums. Prop B funders HSUS and ASPCA oppose the compromise bill. In March, however, HSUS president Wayne Pacelle consented to drop the "Your Vote Counts" campaign in exchange for other tweaks such as repeal of a "shelter tax" that takes money from nonprofit animal shelters and rescues to finance state inspections. Humane Society of Missouri pays an annual $5,500 fee under a rule formerly applied to commercial breeders alone. Pacelli says it’s illogical to charge rescuers who "relieve a burden caused by breeders."

  • Under the compromised puppy mill law, Missouri’s state attorney general is authorized to file criminal animal cruelty charges and also close substandard kennels. Inspectors have submitted 21 cases for prosecution.

  • "The next front in the dog-breeding wars might be online," Frankel reports in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Missouri’s agricultural department seeks to remedy a federal loophole in animal welfare law that omits online breeders. The national law only affects those who sell directly to pet stores, allowing internet vendors to slip through regulatory cracks. HSUS is among many animal organizations nationwide (including Kinship Circle) that lobby for federal supervision of online animal merchants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture claims it will publicize draft rules for online dog breeders sometime this year.

The compromise law is no Prop B. Missouri still churns out more pups-for-sale than any U.S. state. But during the two-year battle, "puppy mills" became a regular media headline in a state that rarely mentioned its rural dog factories in the past.

MISSOURI, THE NATION’S LEADING MANUFACTURER OF DOGS
Missouri, a.k.a. Puppy Mill Capital, produces over half a million dogs annually. Mills fail to provide adequate vet care, diet, water, exercise or shelter. Hundreds to thousands of dogs live in stacked wire-bottom cages. Urine and feces seep into lower cages. Cruelty investigators find dogs with parasite infestation, oozing eye/ear infection, and fur so matted it forms a shell over sores. A dog’s teeth may rot as young as 1 or 2 years of age. Sometimes their jaws dissolve. Dogs are seen balding, blind, emaciated. They suffer abscessed feet and leg deformities from trauma inside overcrowded cages.

Mills breed females from 6 months of age to every heat cycle thereafter. When spent, young dogs are shot or clubbed. Public records show that Missouri mass breeders kill "flawed" puppies by the hundreds each month. Sometimes a pup’s only flaw is to be born between broker visits. By the time dealers return to collect dogs for sale to pet stores, she is too old to profit from.



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WHAT YOU CAN DO
1) MISSOURI RESIDENTS: Ask your state Senators to oppose SB-113 and any measures to strip or repeal Prop B. legislation.

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Dear Missouri Senator, Representative and Governor Nixon,

Nearly 1 million voters passed Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, last November. I am shocked that the Missouri Senate has since approved SB-113, a measure that essentially guts Prop B. I understand SB-113 needs another vote to move to the House.

Please firmly oppose all legislation intended to dilute or repeal Prop B. I respectfully ask Governor Nixon to veto any legislation that undoes Prop B and overrides the voters’ will.

In Missouri — nicknamed the nation’s Puppy Mill Capitol — regulatory gaps have resulted in many large-scale breeding facilities that operate with: Inadequate veterinary care, nutrition, exercise, shelter; overcrowding and containment in stacked wire cages; squalid conditions; animals in ill health ranging from rotting teeth, eye/ear infection, parasites/worms, open sores and skin disease…to deadly parvovirus and distemper, mammary tumors, crippling deformity, etc.

Opponents argue that Prop B imposes economic hardship upon breeders. We should neither excuse nor empathize with any breeder unable to comply with basic animal care standards. In other words, if you can’t afford to give dogs constant access to water, cages they can turn around in, and better vet care — then you’re in the wrong business altogether. Anti-Prop B legislation shamefully seeks to:

•  Allow vets to visit a site without examining even one dog.
•  Repeal a stipulation that animals have continual access to water.
•  Remove a Prop B provision for regular exercise.
•  Permit cage stacking, regardless of dripping waste.
•  Remove Prop B protection from hot/cold weather extremes.
•  Permit use of wire-bottom cages just 6 inches longer than animals themselves.
•  Grant breeders a 180-day window to remedy violations, while animals suffer.
•  Let breeders house unlimited "breeding dogs," with lax welfare requirements.

If anti-Prop B legislation becomes law, Missouri would not only retain its image as the leading puppy mill state — but also expose undemocratic lawmakers and their disrespect for the people’s will.

The Puppy Mill Prevention Act reasonably requires sufficient food, water, exercise, cage size, hygiene, and medical care. It shields dogs from intense heat or cold and establishes more humane breeding cycles. Please oppose measures to strip or repeal Prop B. Let’s move on to pressing legislative concerns and lose Missouri’s Puppy Mill Capitol title for good.

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