Christi Warren

JEFFERSON CITY (MDN/KMOX) – With signs reading “Keep your paws off our laws” and “When did Missouri stop being a democracy?” Proposition B supporters rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday to ensure their voices are being heard. 

The protest and petition came in response to efforts under way in the Senate and House to repeal some of the mandates included in November’s controversial “Puppy Mill Initiative.”

On March 10, the Senate endorsed the legislation with a vote of 20-14 that would lift the 50-dog restriction and larger cage requirements imposed by the initiative. 

Lawmakers who support the bill maintain that voters were confused about the effects the proposition would have on dog breeders.

According to Senate bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, it left a lot to be desired.  He said his piece of legislation would protect the rights of breeding dogs within shelters.

“Puppies are out of their facilities in a couple of weeks, the breeding dogs are there forever,” Parson said. “This goes to the core of the problem.”

Opponents of the bill, including the Humane Society of the United States and Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, argue that voters expressed their views at the polls.

“The issue was thoroughly debated for a year.  Voters knew what they were doing,” Barbara Schmitz, state director for the Humane Society, said.

Becky Iverson, a constituent from Branson, said she is one of about 75 people who came to speak with their legislators about the repeal efforts.

“I’m extremely upset that not only I, but a million other voters in the state of Missouri, voted in favor of Prop B, and for whatever reason, our legislature has decided that the people don’t apparently know what they need,” Iverson said.

Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, said the Senate’s endorsement of the bill sets a dangerous precedent.

“We’re overturning the voice of the people; it disenfranchises them,” Wright-Jones said. “We need to live with what our people say.  That’s the process and we’re turning it around.”

On Wednesday, the Humane Society and Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, filed a petition with the governor asking him to uphold Proposition B. 

About the protests and petition, Scott Holste, spokesman for the governor, said, “We’re monitoring the legislation that is going through the House now – and certainly appreciate the vote that was taken in November.  We are going to continue to monitor the situation and watch what action the House takes.” 

When asked whether the governor has any statements planned on the matter, Holste said, “I’m sure he does

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Comments (8)
  1. Shelley says:

    ‘According to Senate bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, it left a lot to be desired. He said his piece of legislation would protect the rights of breeding dogs within shelters.

    “Puppies are out of their facilities in a couple of weeks, the breeding dogs are there forever,” Parson said. “This goes to the core of the problem.”’

    This doesn’t make sense–there are no breeding dogs in shelters. Adult intact dogs are spayed or neutered as soon as feasible. And many times shelters don’t get puppies, unless a breeder has been raided and closed down.

    Did the news reporter make a mistake on this one?

    1. annette says:

      Rep.Parsons is probably speaking of dogs who come into shelters as former breeding dogs. Though they have served the public by breeding puppies, and certainly deserve a good home like the younger dogs, they are usually ignored by people who profess to love dogs . . .

      Shelters these days often refuse to take these former breeding dogs. Wayside Waifs refuses many sorts of dogs, saying “We’re not taking this one, it looks too much like the dogs we already have.” This is all too frequently a death sentence for that dog. They know this. So much for these so-called ‘no kill’ shelters.

      Many shelters operate as businesses (they charge up to $300 a dog) and they refuse dogs that won’t make them that quick buck. Only a few shelters take all dogs and take seriously their stated mission of finding homes for all lost and surrendered dogs.

  2. Shelley says:

    As for Senator Parson’s bill going to the core of the problem, no such thing. It completely guts Proposition B, but without having the integrity to be bluntly called what it is.

    These representatives are showing disdain and disrespect to the voters of this state, and they’re doing so for special interests. It is an example of the worst of government actions.

  3. Jackson says:

    Consistent with the terrorist tactics the lies and half truths the Nutty supporters of Prop B stormed the capital yesterday breaking all rules of conduct frightening seniors visiting and state employees alike. They pushed and shoved their way through the halls, acting like the thugs they are known to be.

    Prop B passed yes however it was a lie and the good people of Missouri now know that they have been tricked. Remember this is the Show Me State, The liars of the HSUS and others from out of state have showed us and now it is time for the People of Missouri to show these out of state people the door.

    The legislature has the responsibility to the citizens of the state to not allow laws to become law if the law itself is illegal. As with Prop B.

    There were several questionable results with this election in the first place over 300,000 voter registrations were found to be invalid, at 11:00 pm election night the Proposition was being soundly defeated by over 240,000 votes but at midnight the proposition some how won by about 50,000 votes. Looks like Boss Pendergrass is alive and well after all. Many of those votes that came in late the voter only voted on Prop B and then went home.. Hmmm I smell a rat.

    At the end of the day the Supporters are nothing more than a bunch of crooked goof balls and should be ignored. Missouri is a good state and our elected officials are doing a good job. (Well most of them) We should be proud of each one of them having the courage to stand up to these thugs and wonder why the ones not objecting to the Proposition are not doing $o.

  4. Terry Ward says:

    Perhaps Jackson is a victim of alien abduction and is unaware of actual terrorism, such as the Pentagon attacks, or the Twin Towers brought to the ground, or the devastation of Oklahoma City , or the USS Cole losing 17 American troops, or the US Embassy bombing in Kenya which left 230 dead…
    Just a few examples.

    Jackson desecrates the memories of human beings burned alive at the hands of real terrorists for his inane political gain.

    We consider this to be criminally anti-American in the extreme.

  5. JustMe says:

    @ Jackson I totally agree with you that the protesters were rude, and I also thought they were loud! I was there at the Capital too so I know, but I was there in support of the amendments to Prop B not as one of the sign holders. They sure had some horrendous lies on some of their signs, such as breeders do their own dog’s c-sections, and club their dogs to death, amongst many other FILTHY LIES! It was simply infuriating as we know this is how they duped the innocent public into voting for Prop B in the first place!! They cry oh how awful it is that the lawmakers are not heeding the vote of the people, but they got the yes vote via lies, deception, fraud, and MONEY Lots of it!!!

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