Where's the Puppy Pride Department of Agriculture

Earlier, in Pride of Place and Puppy Mills I wrote:

I looked through the literature for the State and the Department of Agriculture—you know, the brag sheets. We export this much corn and soybeans, and we're number seven for hogs, and so on. But you won't find puppies among the listed exports, nor will you find any boasting on being the number one large scale commercial dog breeding state in the country.

This week, Missouri's Department of Agriculture is celebrating National Agriculture Week with all sorts of festivities. Missouri's agricultural products will be especially touted...except for one.

Mad Biologists love puppies, too

Barb Shelly has another excellent run down of what's happening in Jefferson City this session, not only about Proposition B, but so many of our other votes. In Silly Lawmakers aren't just in DC, she writes:

Only the all-knowing, all-powerful Missouri General Assembly can be counted on to do the right thing.

Thank heavens for legislative sessions. Besides warming a cold planet with five months’ worth of hot air, they provide a chance for lawmakers to undo the damage caused by the meddlesome federal government, hapless local governments and clueless voters.

House moves on SB 113

Missourinet has a short story on the House plan to adopt SB 113 rather than pursue HB 131. Are the two bills similar? Yes, in that they both gut Proposition B, but no in the particulars of how they do it.

However, the faster the representatives can gut Proposition B, the happier the agribusiness interests will be.

Missourinet does have inaccuracies in its coverage of the story, though. One is that there are four inspections per year. There are not.

If Proposition B is overturned

update

SB 113 is listed as first read in the House, and will most likely be pursued in the House rather than HB 131. That's so the move to override the voters of Missouri can happen that much more quickly.

After all--can't take a chance that dogs in large scale commercial breeding operations in this state might actually have a good life. They might get uppity. Just like the workers in Missouri getting paid a decent wage—we might get uppity, too.

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The next battle for the dogs, and our votes, is the debate over HB 131 in the House. I hope there might actually be more than one or two people actually standing up for the voters of this state in that debate. I would like to think that the Missouri legislature will rise above its slavish devotion to big business just once, and actually vote to support the people. Just once, in all of the votes against the people that have occurred this shameful session.

The Senate votes to kick dogs

updated

The senate passed SB 113, 20-14. Four people voted against the wishes of the people in their districts. When I get the vote by person information, I'll update this writing.

Senator Jolie Justus provided a strong appeal to pass Proposition B and a reminder to folks about voting for their districts. She actually listed out each district that had a Yes on B vote. Senator Lamping said his daughter supported Proposition B, and he told her not to give up the fight.

Two other people, Maria Chappelle-Nodal and Brian Nieves, had a petty, mean spirited discussion attacking an HSUS lobbyist. Chappelle-Nodal did still vote against SB 113, and I suppose that's good, but her discussion lowered my opinion of her considerably. It sounded like she was peeved because she didn't feel she got enough attention from the lobbyist. My god, what does that have to do with anything?

Before the Vote

The third reading and vote on SB 113 is listed as the 8th item of business today in the Senate. It's a toss whether the vote will happen today or not. I believe it will. Regardless, I'll be listening, just in case, and I'll be recording the debate and vote when they occur.

This vote has been a long time coming, and the way has been rough. The very first bill filed about Proposition B was Senator Stouffer's bill, SB 4. Unlike SB 113, with it's "fix", Senator Stouffer's bill was a repeal of Proposition B. In many ways, it was the most honest bill filed about Proposition B.

Dissecting Michael Parson's SB 113

How do you define "irony"?

From "Puppy mill bill" dissected in forum at Bolivar High School:

"When special interest groups start writing the law, this is what you get."

Introduced by Parson, Forrest Lucas told the group, “I didn’t get into this because I’m a cattleman. I got into it because I’m an American.” He reflected on a longstanding disdain for the HSUS. “They’re not a large group — they want you to think they are — but they’re a serious group. I’ve followed them for years…. I really feel good that we’ve had a chance to bloody their noses.”

Lucas also challenged the crowd to hold legislators accountable, and to support them. “Let legislators know where we stand. We put those guys in office, we can take ‘em out; Judge ‘em. If they’ve done a good job, stand up for them… dig in your pockets to support them.”

HSUS releases updated Dirty Dozen Report

The HSUS had a press conference in Jefferson City today, and released an updated Dirty Dozen report. As noted in the report, only three of the original Dirty Dozen have been shut down. The rest of the breeders, and the addition of six new breeders, are still licensed, still making the same violations—still doing what many state representatives consider to be "good breeding practices".

Senate Mockery of the Voter

I listened to the Senate "debate" on SB 113. I use quotes because there was no debate.

The bill was perfected. This doesn't mean it was voted on, but I expect it to be voted. I was incredibly frustrated with the discussion, because Mike Parson made several misrepresentations and outright fabrications. But I guess it's not done to call him a liar to his face, directly on the Senate floor.

What this means...

Well, there will be a final Senate vote on the bill. And there's still a debate on HB 131, though I don't know if I can handle listening to this one.

I do want to collect the votes in the end, because I think everyone from a Yes on B district that voted for one of these bills should be kicked out of office when they come up for a vote. They're basically saying we're too stupid to know what we want. Well, not too stupid to know we don't want, or need, them.

Pride of Place and Puppy Mills

Time is running out to prepare for arguments to save Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. This afternoon, the Missouri Senate will debate SB 113, and most likely vote whether to support it or not. I expect the House to follow quickly if SB 113 happens to pass.

I've appealed to Missouri representatives' compassion, by showing them USDA inspection reports that outline how cruelly the dogs are treated in puppy mills. Legally treated, which is morally reprehensible.

I've also appealed to the Missouri representatives' civic responsibility to support the voter's wishes. We just voted on this act, and it hasn't even gone into effect, yet. The majority of this state supports this act, while special interests, and too much agribusiness money, are behind the effort to repeal our vote.

The only thing I have to left, is an appeal to pride. Pride in Missouri. Pride in what Missourians accomplish, what we do, the industries we have.

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