Majority Polled Want Puppy Mill Law Left Intact

Carol Daniel

WASHINGTON D.C. (KMOX)– The Humane Society of the United States is out with a new public opinion poll that shows 59 percent of respondents do not want Proposition B-the puppy mill law repealed or weakened by Missouri lawmakers.

Prop B was approved by voters last November.

Forty-one percent favor the repeal.  Lake Research Partners designed and conducted the survey of 600 registered voters who had voted in the 2008 presidential election or had registered to vote since.   The telephone poll was conducted March 17th through the 21st.   The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

The poll also revealed that if lawmakers succeed in either repealing or weaking the puppy mill law, voters by a nearly two-to-one margin want to see Gov. Jay Nixon veto the bill so that Prop B remains law.

“Some state lawmakers think they know better than the people, and they are seeking to override the decision of nearly one million Missouri voters who favored Prop B and stronger standards for the care of dogs in commercial breeding operations.” says Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.  “These latest polling results from throughout Missouri show that voters don’t like this arrogant repeal campaign and they want Gov. Nixon to respect the will of the people and veto any major modification of Prop B.”

Supporters of the modification of Prop B says the new law is too restrictive and will drive breeders out of business.

Lake Research is a public opinion and political strategy research firm with offices in Washington D.C., California and New York.  Their clients include Harvard, the Sierra Club and numerous foundations and labor groups.

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