As we go about our daily lives many of us are unaware of the fights that are taking place in Jefferson City. These are verbal and written fights between factory farmers, puppy millers and the animal rights community. The recent session has been particularly nasty with the introduction of bills regarding repealing Proposition B and the rights of citizens to vote on such initiatives
As we go about our daily lives many of us are unaware of the fights that are taking place in Jefferson City. These are verbal and written fights between factory farmers, puppy millers and the animal rights community. The recent session has been particularly nasty with the introduction of bills regarding repealing Proposition B and the rights of citizens to vote on such initiatives.
The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation is a wonderful organization that fights to keep animals safe from abuse and neglect. Recently, they have been fighting against Bills HJR 11 and SJR 22. It seems that the vague language in these bills would have taken away safeguards against inhumane practices in factory farming. These bills would have also rolled back the prohibition of cock fighting. Rep. Chris Kelly proclaimed HJR 11 to be a “back door repeal of the puppy mill law,” which is Proposition B. MAAL worked with legislators to amend sections of these bills to sustain the current laws protecting animals.
If you are an animal lover this should scare you! One has to wonder what is going through the minds of these legislators. Has the almighty dollar taken away our compassion and humanity?
Another section of these bills held verbiage to prevent future ballot initiatives such as Proposition B. If this doesn’t scare you it should! The Missouri House of Representatives actually passed HJR 11 with this intact. Luckily several senators stood up to filibuster the bill until an amendment to protect future initiatives was added.
One bill, HB 785, thankfully defeated with the help of MAAL, would have eliminated the disposition hearing process for abused and neglected animals. The bill would have left animals to fend for themselves at the hands of their abusers. I’m sure this was intended to save money but that is just heartless!
Another hair brained bill, HB 877, would have allowed individuals to spay and neuter their own pets. What? Who in their right mind would do such a thing? Thankfully this bill was defeated.
First of all, one has to wonder what in the world is going on in government. Second is that we need to be aware of what government is doing, especially if it concerns something we feel strongly about. Third, we need to realize that we can do something about it!
I am very thankful for the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation. They helped pass Proposition B in 2010 and now there are almost 1,000 less puppy mills in our state! They work tirelessly for animals in Missouri and act as a watchdog to government in Jefferson City. I would have never known about these bills if it had not been for MAAL. The attorneys that work for MAAL can wade through all the legal mumbo jumbo and understand exactly what the bill is stating. Then they alert us to what is going on so we can contact our representatives and senators and let them know what we think.
Don’t know who your representative is? Go to http://www.house.mo.gov and enter your ZIP code under “Who is your Representative?” We animal lovers have to stand our ground and let our representatives know what we think!
For information on legislation in Missouri and the animals we love go to http://www.maal.org. We must stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves!