Animal rights activists are up in arms about the recent passage of SB 113, the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, in the Missouri Senate.  Armed with emotion rather than fact, they are slamming those who responsibly passed the bill that would actually do what supporters of Prop B assumed would occur. Voters wanted assurance that animals would have food, water, shelter, vet care and exercise, but nothing in Prop B provided funding or enforcement to ensure those measures.

To the editor:

Animal rights activists are up in arms about the recent passage of SB 113, the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, in the Missouri Senate.  Armed with emotion rather than fact, they are slamming those who responsibly passed the bill that would actually do what supporters of Prop B assumed would occur. Voters wanted assurance that animals would have food, water, shelter, vet care and exercise, but nothing in Prop B provided funding or enforcement to ensure those measures.

SB 113 provides funding for inspections and Operation Bark Alert as well as the legal means to enforce the elimination of substandard and unlicensed facilities. Licensees will be required to provide wholesome food, clean water, exercise, extensive vet care and clean shelter from the elements.  It also maintains the rights of a commercial kennel owner to continue to operate a legal business.  

The Senators who voted in favor of SB 113 voiced their concerns about animal care while addressing the unconstitutional and unenforceable aspects of Prop B. They deserve our appreciation for standing up for what is right!

Please contact your MO Representative and encourage them to vote Yes for SB 113 when it is heard before the House.