ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The head of the national Humane Society says the battle over Prop B in the Missouri General Assembly is no longer just about dogs.
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, says legislation dismantling voter-approved standards for dog kennels has turned into a fight for the democratic process.
“The initiative process is a constitutionally provided mechanism that’s being subverted before Proposition B has even taken effect,” says Pacelle.
Opponents of Prop B have argued it would harm legitimate breeders. Pacelle says it would only impact larger facilities often known for harsh conditions, neglect and even cruelty.
The Missouri Senate is likely to take a final vote later this week on overturning the ballot measure that passed in November.
Pacelle tells KMOX, that’s why it may be up to the Governor to protect dogs. “It may find its way to the Governor soon and we’re hoping Governor Nixon — who has always been a friend of dogs and been respectful of votes of the people — will veto this legislation.”
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