Bark Alert and Religious Bigotry

There's a particularly nasty commenter who states he's a dog breeder, and goes under the moniker of "getemout" or "1getemout". He's a real piece of work, but tonight, via comments he made to the same article as the Rep. Berry conversation, I have a good idea where some of the 300 Bark Alert calls originated.

Mr Berry- as a USDA/State licensed breeder I will tell you where to look for the Puppy Millers. We had an influx of 'breeders' move here religious group 'Amish'. They hide behind their religion, no elec., running water, you get the picture, right? I have turned several of them over to my state inspector, but they are difficult to ferret out. No telephones, no vehicles (although they've found ways around these) no drivers licenses' no licenses of any type

An Online Conversation with Representative Berry

A back and forth with Representative T. J. Berry, R-Kearney District 35. From Puppy mill issue hits House.

This is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

For one, Representative Berry's district supported Proposition B by 57.1%. What he's telling you, people of his district, is that your vote doesn't count.

As for accusations about Proposition B:

No representative has been able to show in the text of Prop B where it states it's for licensed breeders only. There are existing laws in addition to Prop B about unlicensed breeders--it's illegal, period. But Prop B applies to both licensed and unlicensed breeders.

And believe me, if you've read as many USDA inspection reports on licensed breeders in this state, as I have, you would come to know that we have a lot of really bad but still licensed breeders in Missouri.

House Meeting on SB 113 and Proposition B Today

The House is holding a public meeting on SB 113 today, at 12pm in HR 6. I'm sure there will be great political theater today, but very little in the way of substance. Those representatives who listen more to the Missouri Farm Bureau than the voters of the state will not be swayed by anything said today.

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation put together a FAQ on SB 113 are compared to Proposition B. Good stuff, no hyperbole, just plain facts. No one knows the laws relating to animals better than MAAL.

Note the comment about funding. As I showed with a recent post, even the funding talk is so much smoke and mirrors. The additional funding that SB 113 provides is a veritable drop in the bucket, and will have little impact on inspections.

Morality Tales: Stripping no, Cruelty yes

Those concerned about the law predicted the loss of 3.000 jobs and millions in state revenue. They said the provisions of the bill would be enough to decimate an entire industry. They challenged the Constitutionality of the law.

No, I'm not talking about Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention act. I'm talking about SS SCS SBs 586 & 617 passed in 2010, otherwise known as the Adult Entertainment Law. The law has since been challenged in court and is expected to eventually make its way to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Follow the Money

The BBB published a scathing report condemning Missouri's place as the Puppy Mill Capital of the US, and calling for stricter enforcement of our laws. As noted in the report, one area of improvement demanded was an increase in fees to fund more inspectors.

Deep Analysis

update

As was pointed out to me tonight, there was a SB 795 passed last year, that removed the exemption for shelters from the fees collected.

So not only is the Missouri Legislature protecting the puppy mill industry, it is deliberately doing everything in its power to add additional financial burden on to animal shelters and rescues—the people actually having to clean up the mess the puppy mills leave.

I've never seen such assholes in my life—and you voted them into office, folks.

I've also had to file a complaint against the Department of Agriculture with the Attorney General tonight, because of what I perceive to be violation of Sunshine Laws.

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Misuse and Abuse of the Constitution

I've read a document going around that supposedly forms the primary arguments for SB 113. I'll have more on this next week, after I gather together all the bits.

One part of it quotes section 2 of the Missouri State Constitution Bill of Rights:

Section 2. That all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry; that all persons are created equal and are entitled to equal rights and opportunity under the law; that to give security to these things is the principal office of government, and that when government does not confer this security, it fails in its chief design.

Too bad the same people didn't spend more time on Section 1.

Email to Representative Jeanie Riddle

sent as email this evening to Representative Jeanie Riddle, based on an audio recording from HB 131 debate

Representative Riddle

I listened with shock to your accusations of domestic terrorism against Wayne Pacelle, and in fact against anyone who is a strong supporter of Proposition B.

I remind you that the citizen initiative process is part of our State Constitution. It was added for those times when the people of a state could not get satisfaction from their state representatives, typically because of undue influence by special interests among the legislative members.

Over 190,000 people signed to put Proposition B on the ballot. Over half the people (of this state) voted for this bill in the last election.

HB 131 heard in House

I had thought that the representatives were no longer going to follow through on HB 131, but evidently it was taken up for Perfection today. Darn, I wanted to hear the debate.

Luckily, Jason Rosenbaum did catch some audio of the testimony, and has posted an excerpt. In the audio, you'll hear Representative Riddle spend her time quoting from the 1986 arrest records for Wayne Pacelle from the HSUS. Yes, I would think that a 1986 arrest for an individual would be out of scope for this bill. She also called him a terrorist, and continued her rant until the Representative from St. Louis raised a point of order.

This type of name calling has happened all too frequently: those who testify "for" these bills to gut Proposition B spend all their time trashing HSUS. Hello! Did you happen to forget that over half the people in this state voted for Proposition B!?

House Hearing on SB 113

The House Agriculture Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 113 & 95, Tuesday, March 29th, at 12:00pm. The location for the meeting is House Hearing Room 6.

To repeat, this is a public hearing, which means all interested members of the public are invited to attend and testify.

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