Thanks for posting the list of contributors to Missourians for the Protection of Dogs. That is very encouraging. I don’t know if MPD has tried to raise big bucks in Missouri or not. Individuals can contribute on their website.
MPD lists 5901 supporters so far as well as 113 veterinarians and clinics. Among the 108 animal protection charities that are helping this effort, four of them are part of the coalition actively working on passing Prop B in November. They are ASPCA, Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Missouri Humane Society and Humane Society of the US.
MPD also has a list of their opponents on their
“sick puppies” page. The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners was formed in 2009 specifically to block the right of citizens of Missouri to voice their opinion on the inhumane conditions in massive breeding facilities. Some of the worst offenders are listed, along with the citations and fines against them for their heartless treatment of innocent and caged dogs.
I wrote about the national effort front groups such as Center for Consumer Freedom several months ago on this blog.
Keep in mind, the rather minimal standards required by Prop B will apply only to breeders with 10 or more female dogs, and breeders will be limited to no more than 50 females actively producing puppies for sale. Small breeders, especially family or hobby breeders who keep a small number of dogs will not be affected.
Reputable breeders already meet or exceed the basic requirements of shelter, food, water, space to move around and a rest between pregnancies.
With the highest number of puppy mills in the nation (over 3,000 separate operations) Missouri is known as the puppy mill capital of the U.S. It took the HSUS over 10 years to make cock fighting illegal in Missouri. Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long to rescue some of these pitiful creatures from their misery.