Victory: Missourians Vote In Puppy Mill Reform!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 3:00pm

Fed up with their state’s well-deserved reputation as the Puppy Mill Capital of America, Missourians hit the polls on Election Day to declare that enough is enough! Last night, voters in the Show Me State passed the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which appeared on their ballots as Proposition B, by a margin of approximately 60,000 votes. It is an incredible victory, and one we hope will send a strong message to the governments of other states—namely, that the public wants better conditions and more compassion for puppy mill dogs.

The new Missouri law, which becomes effective in one year, ensures that dogs who spend their entire lives breeding puppies at these large-scale facilities receive basic, humane care. It requires dogs to be provided with sufficient food and clean water, regular veterinary care, adequate housing and space, and access to regular exercise. Temperature parameters for kennels will be established to ensure that dogs are warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and female dogs will get adequate resting time between breeding cycles. And with passage of Proposition B, Missouri becomes the fifth state—joining Louisiana, Oregon, Virginia and Washington—to create a limit on the number of intact, adult breeder dogs a commercial dog breeder may keep.

In no other state were the stakes higher for puppy mill dogs. Missouri’s weak, confusing laws regulating commercial kennels have made it a haven for substandard breeders. The ASPCA has participated in many raids and rescues at Missouri puppy mills, and we have seen firsthand the unspeakably heartbreaking and inferior conditions to which these dogs are subjected.

Home to one-third of all the commercial dog breeding facilities in the U.S. (no other state even comes close), Missouri supplies more than 40 percent of all dogs sold in pet stores nationwide. No matter where you live, there’s a good chance that the puppies in the window of your local pet store came from a Missouri puppy mill. Implementation of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will provide welcome relief to tens of thousands of adult breeding dogs—not to mention the approximately one million puppies born in Missouri kennels every year. 

 “Yesterday’s passage of Proposition B reflects a landmark achievement in the ongoing fight against animal cruelty,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “We are proud to have worked diligently on this campaign, and we celebrate this victory alongside the caring citizens of Missouri. The ASPCA is committed to working with local animal welfare groups to help breeders transition to the new humane standards and find loving homes for any displaced Missouri breeding dogs.”

The ASPCA wishes to thank our supporters all over the country for helping us advocate for Proposition B to your friends and family in Missouri. We will continue to cover this development and its nationwide implications in the coming days—to make sure you don’t miss a thing, please sign up to receive the ASPCA’s fun and informative weekly email newsletter.

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that is so cute and they look so sad?

Ellen Robison

I am so glad that you have so diligently worked to bring this vicotry for dogs and puppies. I salute you and the citizens of Missouri. May God bless you in your ongoing efforts to protect His small creatures.

I thought you might like to read this:

The labor of love you do is not without loss and pain.
We that have such a love for the pets that God has given us to care for simply cannot fathom the depth of cruelty in the hearts of those that abuse them and leave them on the streets to fend for themselves....and worse, to die. And in some cases shut up in puppy mills in deplorable situations.
It would seem that those cruel abusers did not receive a heart at all.

Like you I have had to say farewell to some of my very best and beloved four legged friends.
I searched God's Word for deeper meaning to their death. I hope this will help you when you have to make very difficult decisions to send, or to say good-bye to those wonderful loving souls from this realm on to heavenly places.

Creature > Hebrew > nephesh. In itself nephesh, or soul implies conscience life, as distinguished from plants which have unconscious life. In the sense of conscience life an animal also has a soul.

Genesis1:24 [ESV] And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds-livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds. And it was so.

The only Hebrew word traditionally translated soul> [nephesh] in the English language bibles, refers to a life breath which returns to God at death.
In the New Testament, the Greek word traditionally translated soul, has substantially the same meaning as the Hebrew.

The only difference between humans and beasts is that humans also have a spirit that lives on in eternity as well as the soul.
As humans we are able to make the choice to either turn from our sinful ways, and follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savoir by which He will endow us with His Holy Spirit bringing us into the eternal heavenly places with Him after we die our earthly death, or we can make the choice to refuse Him during our lives here on earth thereby being turned away from eternal heavenly places and subjected to an eternity of darkness and decay.
see Revelations 20:15

So you see animals, by default, having a soul, pass from this realm into heavenly places when they die.
It's such a wonderful thing that God gave us His Word in tangible form so that we can know all of these things and not have to be upset about what happens to our beloved pets and loved ones after death.