State Senator Eric Schmitt disagrees, saying that it would protect farmers from PETA and similar organizations who want to banish beef.
Despite all its efforts in recent years, Missouri remains far-and-away the nation’s worst puppy mill state.
The new crackdown will force these breeders to apply for federal licenses. Up until now, in Missouri repeat puppy mill offenders have bypassed receiving the federal license.
Two years ago, images of matted and diseased dogs in tiny wire cages helped spur changes in Missouri law.
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One of the dogs is blind; several appeared to have eye problems and matted coats.
Several humane groups have voiced concerns that increased costs for the state licenses of animal shelters could cause financial problems for those facilities.
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30% of breeding kennels have left the business in face of new regulations
The initiative would make it harder for lawmakers to change voter-approved measures, such as last year’s dog-breeding law.