Missouri may soon have to give up its nickname as the "Puppy Mill Capital of America." The landmark ballot initiative to put the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act before Missouri voters and crack down on the state's widespread and inhumane breeding practices has succeeded! The petition required 130,000 signatures of support, and we're happy to report that on May 2, our supporters delivered more than 190,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office to qualify the legislation for the November 2010 ballot.
"This can only be considered a massive outpouring of public support for the idea of puppy mill reform," said Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager of Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, a coalition made up of the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the U.S., the Humane Society of Missouri and the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation. "We ran into few people who were unaware of the problem, and so many of them are enthused about voting to halt this cruelty in the November election."
Election officials have until August 3 to determine whether the measure qualifies for the ballot. The Missouri Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will substantially improve the lives of dogs by requiring large-scale breeding operations to provide sufficient food and clean water, necessary veterinary care, adequate housing, space and exercise. To follow the proposed legislation's progress, please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center. Thank you, Missouri voters, for your support!
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