Missouri: Your Action Needed Immediately to Keep Protections for Puppy Mill Dogs

Date: 
Monday, August 28, 2017
Photo by Companion Animal Protection Society

Dear Humanitarian,

Governor Eric Greitens has asked the Missouri Department of Agriculture to review all of its current regulations and he wants the public to comment on any regulations that are burdensome to businesses in the state. This review includes all regulations adopted under the Animal Care Facilities Act and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act—regulations that have helped to rid the state of numerous cruel and inhumane breeders. This could be the first step toward reversing hard-won protections for puppy mill dogs. Missouri should not be going backward in addressing cruelty and neglect.

EMAIL GOVERNOR GREITENS


What You Can Do:
Contact Governor Greitens and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The deadline for providing input on this issue is THURSDAY, AUGUST 31. Please call the governor’s office today, at 573-751-3222. Say that you are a Missouri resident and ask that he not weaken protections for dogs confined to puppy mills. Tell him that you want him to maintain all of Missouri’s current animal welfare regulations. Please follow up by sending him an email through our Compassion Index.

It is also urgent that you provide comments to the Department of Agriculture. You can do so at the following link http://agriculture.mo.gov/rulereview/animal-health.php.

Under “Choose & Comment” please select “Chapter 9 – Animal Care Facilities Act” and leave your comment. Here are points you may wish to use in your submission:

  • I oppose any weakening of current regulations that protect dogs in puppy mills.
  • These regulations have helped to rid the state of numerous cruel and inhumane breeders; Missouri should not be going backward in addressing cruelty and neglect.
  • Any weakening of our protections for dogs in Missouri will only add to the negative stigma of Missouri being the “Puppy Mill Capital of the United States.”
  • The Animal Care Facilities Act and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act were both supported and endorsed by leaders in the agriculture community and commercial dog breeding industry; weakening the regulations would only serve to accommodate the worst of the worst dog breeders in the state.
  • Analyses have shown that the recently passed Canine Cruelty Prevention Act and subsequent regulations have had no negative impact on the financial condition of commercial dog breeders in the state.
  • The current regulations are also needed to protect consumers. Prior to our new law and subsequent regulations, the Better Business Bureaus of Eastern Missouri, Greater Kansas City, and Springfield reported that “breeders in Missouri, with seeming impunity, continue to send sick puppies to be purchased by unwary consumers.”


If you prefer, you can submit written comments by mail to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, P. O. Box 630, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Comments sent by mail must be postmarked by August 31.

Be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers in Missouri, and encourage them to contact the governor and the Department of Agriculture, too. As always, thank you very much for your help on behalf of the animals!

Sincerely,

Cathy Liss
President

P.S. Remember, the deadline is Thursday, August 31! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the action above and other important animal protection news.