How much are the dogs and voters worth?
Evidently, the welfare of the dogs and the vote of the people are worth $1.1 million to Governor Nixon and the kiddies in the Missouri Senate.
According to a new story from Fox, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Nixon's 1.1 million request for additional inspectors, on condition that Nixon signs SB 113.
So it doesn't matter what we've said all along—that dogs in wire cages 6 inches longer than they are is inhumane; that dogs that are sick or injured need vet care, not to be slapped with mystery ointment by Billy Bob; that frozen water is not really a treat for dogs; that no, no dog likes to be in freezing temperatures for 24 hours a day, every day; that every dog needs a breath of fresh air...sometime—no, it doesn't matter what we've said, because Governor Nixon and the good ole folks in the Missouri Farm Bureau, the General Assembly, the Department of Agriculture, and the Cattlemen's Association, why they all got together and worked through a way of pretending to help the dogs, while not really helping the dogs.
Missouri dogs in large scale commercial breeders and the Missouri voters both just got screwed. But it's OK because the powers-that-be are leaving $1.1 million dollars on the dresser as they leave.