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Evidently the Senate will be debating SB 113 tomorrow, too. At least, that's the impression I have from MissouriNet.

So, evidently the idea is to move on the bills quickly, one way or another.

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HB 131 should be up for debate on the House Floor tomorrow, at 10am. You can listen to the debate by accessing the General Assembly web page, and look for the Live House Debate icon.

Update

Missed this entirely, but HB 131 is up for perfection on the House floor today.

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I need to finish my deconstruction of HB 131 and SB 113, as well as address some of the new criticism of Proposition B/Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, but I'm just tired of the battle this week.

The Reality of HB 131 - Part 2

Earlier I provided a comparison between Proposition B and the tattered results after it's hacked apart by HB 131. Since then, several modifications were made to the original HB 131. As you'll see, the bill is no longer about puppy mills, and really doesn't have any new requirements, or enforceability. It does increase the upper fee limit for the larger operations...such as shelters like HSMO, which adopts out thousands of dogs a year.

Oh, and it provides funding for one whole Bark Alert inspector. Of course, Bark Alert is specific to unlicensed breeders, only. However, the representatives assure us: licensed breeders never have any problems.

First, before I get into the Prop B hackery, I'll list the committee's modifications of other statutes.

Fox News Interviews with Jason Smith

Fox News has done an outstanding job questioning Jason Smith on his mother's kennel and his legislative efforts—both to rip apart Proposition B, and the Constitutional amendment prohibiting any citizen initiative about animals.

Part 1 is focused primarily on Smith's mother's kennel and the perceived conflict of interest.

The second part is focused on the Constitutional Amendment.

Smith truly believes that only farmers can make laws about farmers. Do we then change the Constitution that only cops make laws about cops? Teachers make laws about schools? Restaurant owners for restaurants? Chemical plant owners make laws covering toxic waste? Food producers make the laws covering the safety of food?

Committee Text for HB 131

The agriculture committee has published the committee version of HB 131. It differs from the introduced text, so I need to update my "reality of HB 131".

Right now, though, I'm so peeved at the deception and the dishonesty inherent in this bill that I need to take a break.

In the meantime, you can read it yourself. Yay, your Missouri tax payer dollars at work...ensuring a miserable life for dogs in Missouri.

We need solutions before the dogs are dying

Friday, the Humane Society of Missouri participated with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Stone County Sheriff's office to rescue 74 dogs from a licensed breeder.

The kennel is named Knee Deep in Collies, a harmless sounding name. You can see from the kennel's web site (static capture before site was taken down) how deceptive these puppy mills are: advertising as a sweet, small breeder, when in actuality, the dogs are living crammed into cages or allowed to run loose—starving,with little water, sick, filthy, and dying

Proposition B: Comparing Old Laws to New

A major source of criticism of Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act—both before and after the election—is that the new laws aren't needed, and that all we need is better enforcement. We've also been told that Proposition B penalizes "good breeders" who do meet current laws, and does little to punish the "bad breeders". Some have even stated that Proposition B laws will "hurt" the dogs, rather than help them.

Raise the Fee $25.00 - that will take care of all the problems

Though not yet reflected in the text of HB 131, evidently the agricultural committee that passed the bill also added an amendment to raise the fees commercial dog breeders pay a whopping $25.00! This should be enough to generate a whole $34,000 a year!

It's Raining Puppies

When the Missouri legislature isn't working on repealing child labor laws, it's going after puppies.

Today, the House Agriculture Policy committee voted to support HB 131, which isn't a surprise. As I just wrote, HB 131 pretends to be a "modification" of Proposition B but completely guts it.

The Rural Community Development committee also had a public hearing on HJR 17, which wants to modify the State Constitution so that past, current, or future law related to animals can never been passed using citizen initiative. Because, you know, we're so stupid when it comes to animals, and they're so smart.

The Reality of HB 131

update

My comparison of Prop B to HB 131 has been updated to match the committee version of the HB 131 text. Believe me, it's far, far worse.

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Several state representatives have stated that the House bill to "modify" Proposition B, HB 131, leaves most of Prop B's rules the same—only the dog limit and a few odds and ends are changed. Let's take a closer look at these assertions.

Following is the text for Proposition B:

273.345. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the ”Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.”

The Reality of SB 113

Several state senators and organizations have stated that the Senate bill to "modify" Proposition B leaves most of Prop B's rules the same—only the dog limit and enforcement regulations are changed. Let's take a closer look at these assertions.

Following is the text for Proposition B:

273.345. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the ”Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.”

2. The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the cruel and inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills by requiring large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with basic food and water, adequate shelter from the elements, necessary veterinary care, adequate space to turn around and stretch his or her limbs, and regular exercise.

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