As the November election draws near, a highly debated item on the Missouri ballot is Proposition B. Prop B is the otherwise known as the puppy mill initiative. A local citizen in opposition of Prop B says voters need to understand the force behind the bill, which is the Humane Society of the United States.
The Humane Society of the United State's agenda is to end all animal agriculture and by ending all animal agriculture, that means no meat, no hunting, no fishing, no service animals, no pets, said Theckla Triplett, Professional Pet Breeder. A representative from the H.S.U.S. says the wording in the bill is clear, and cannot be changed.
It's about dogs at large-scale breeding facilities. There's no opportunity for cows, pigs, chickens or any other type of animal to be impacted. In addition, the measure does not impact hobby breeders or backyard breeders, said Barbara Schmitz, the Missouri Director of the Humane Society of the United States.
Tripplett says Prop B is a gateway bill that will trickle down to affect other areas of animal agriculture, but H.S.U.S told KTVO the bill will only address the problem of cruelty in Missouri's worst dog breeding kennels.
Missouri is the puppy mill capital of the country. We have roughly 3000 puppy mills here in Missouri and at those facilities, dogs are kept in conditions that allow them to be bred over and over again, said Schmitz. On the other hand, Triplett says licensed breeders are already regulated by the state and federal governments, and the new bill is against personal property rights and the constitution.
The laws that they are putting forth, number one is limiting your animals, number two is telling us when we can breed them, and I personally take offense at someone out of state coming into my state who knows nothing about animal husbandry and telling me how to run my business, said Triplett.
Note: Proposition B is a completely separate issue from Kirksville's proposed Vicious Animal Ordinance.