JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee is taking up a proposal to overturn a new dog-breeding law approved by state voters last year.

A bill by House Republican Tony Dugger, of Hartville, calls for the repeal of Proposition B, which was endorsed by 52 percent of Missouri voters in November 2010. A House committee planned to debate Dugger’s bill Tuesday.

The voter-backed law limits dog breeders to 50 animals and requires daily feeding, annual veterinary care and greater access to outdoor exercise. It’s scheduled to take effect later this year.

The ballot initiative was backed by national animal rights groups critical of the state’s reputation as the “puppy mill capital.” Agricultural groups and other opponents say the changes will punish law-abiding breeders and could lead to further efforts to restrict livestock production in Missouri.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press

Comments (2)
  1. Swamp Fox says:

    From the proposed RsMO 273.345.7

    “Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit hunting or the ability to breed, raise, or sell hunting dogs.”

    What does this mean? It means that hunting breeds are exempt from the law as far as the numerical limits. Existing state regulations apply to any breeders regardless of the number of dogs when humane treatment is examined.

    Not sure if the equal protection clause of the US Constitution can be applied to non-hunting breed dog breeders.

    If I were a purse puppy breeder I would be spitting nails. Limiting the number of my “Yo Quiero Taco Bell” dogs but some fella down Arkansas way can breed as many Beagles as he can handle.

    Just plain wrong.

  2. Joe says:

    What happened to majority rule? I love it when local politicians try to overturn something approved by a majority of the voters of the state. Usually this kind of political meddling involves attempts to restore tax increases that get voted down. But I see it can occur elsewhere also. Give it a rest, and get back to work.

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