On what was essentially a party line vote (one Democrat and one Republican each crossed the aisle), the Republicans in the Missouri Senate voted to strip out most of the legislation passed in a referendum that would have regulated Missouri’s dog breeding facilities. Missouri has been known as the ‘puppy mill capitol‘ because of its lack of regulation regarding dog breeding: thirty percent of puppies raised in puppy mills hail from Missouri.
So what is the Missouri GOP removing from the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, in the service of liberty and freedom? Well:
Apparently determined to preserve Missouri’s status as the nation’s “puppy mill capital,” the state Senate has passed legislation dismantling the humane protections approved by voters in November.
The bill gives breeders permission to continue business as usual — stacking dogs in wire cages, subjecting them to extreme heat and cold, and depriving them of clean water.
Breeders who repeatedly violate the law would be subject to misdemeanor charges, not felony charges as called for in the voter-approved Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Operators also could no longer be limited to 50 breeding dogs at one time.
This is my favorite repealed bit:
As an example of a rule that he said went too far, Parson noted that Prop B would allow owners to be charged with a misdemeanor if dogs were not kept in temperatures ranging from 45 degrees to 85 degrees.
And why wouldn’t you want to keep puppies between 45 – 85 degrees? The Honorable Sen. Parsons explains:
“We don’t do that for our senior citizen facilities, we don’t do that for our schools, we don’t do that for the state Capitol,” Parson said.
That sound you just heard is my jaw hitting the floor. In Missouri, it’s legal to house the elderly or children in facilities that aren’t at least 45 degrees? Because that’s pretty damn cold. I realize the founders froze their asses off at Valley Forge, so who are we to complain about 45 degrees, but, seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you?
You don’t house puppies or people at 45 degrees. If it’s not illegal, make it illegal.