Dog Day Afternoon? Senate Floor Debate on Prop B Repeal Begins

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If you've been following our coverage of the Legislature's efforts to gut/repeal the voter-approved ballot proposition that would crack down on Missouri dog breeders, Prop B, you'll know the debate is a fierce one. The Humane Society of the United States-backed initiative would will almost certainly put some dog breeders out of business -- and that's got rural state legislators of both parties up in arms.

After weeks of committee hearings on various bills to alter or gut Prop B, missourinet.com reports that today, for the first time, the discussion moves to the floor of the Senate.

The Senate floor leader, Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), told the website that he plans to devote the whole afternoon to the debate. He referred to it (somewhat ominously, we thought) as "Dog Day Afternoon." Dog Day Afternoon, after all, includes both a hostage situation and the sort of highly dramatic overacting that only Al Pacino's mother could love. We can only hope we won't be seeing either in Jeff City today. 

Dempsey, for the record, supports keeping "the heart of the bill" intact, reports missourinet.com.

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Terry Ward
Terry Ward

If Abolishnuts wishes to abolish nuts, he might begin with himself.

Nativeofny1
Nativeofny1

So much for the will of the people. If the puppy mill scum didn't have anything to hide/worry about, they would be for Prop B. The fact that they oppose it shows how cruel, greedy and pathetic they are. BTW, those of us outside the state don't want your puppy mill dogs. We have enough dogs already being killed in shelters. Buy a dog = get one killed.

Stephanie
Stephanie

So the voters spoke and voted for Prob B and the politicians that were also voted in are ignoring the law & trying to repeal it? Yeah, politicians sure do listen to the public--NOT. They listen to whomever gives them the most money and it's not the average working citizen. >:(

Terry Ward
Terry Ward

Li'l Abner done spoke...Fire up them puppy-barbeques.March 8 is now Missouri's official Dogpatch Day!

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

One other thing -- if Proposition B does get gutted, then we need to document all of the bad breeders -- bring them to light, and hang them around the necks of these representatives.

They will "own" every bad breeder from this moment on. They will own every sick and dying dog. We should make sure every time a licensed breeder is exposed for being garbage, we should also make a point that Proposition B was overriden by arrogant, bought off representatives.

And we should definitely make sure to check campaign contributions for all of these people, this day forward.

Guest
Guest

It was indeed a dog day afternoon. The dogs won!! The senate passed the changes to Prop B, so the dogs may not be displaced from their licensed kennels after all.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

I hate it when people say this is an HSUS bill -- unless 190,000 people in the state work for HSUS, and 51.6% of the people who voted, this is a Missouri bill.

Yes, HSUS sponsored the campaign--but so did HSMO, Stray Rescue, most of the shelters in the state, the ASPCA, the Best Friend's Society, and a host of other people and organizations--including Cardinals and Blues team members.

This is _our_ bill, to accept responsibility for the dogs in this state. If anything, the bill is for the dogs.

People can listen to the debate live from a link at the Missouri General Assembly web page, at http://www.moga.mo.gov/

And there's still time for people to contact their state senator and tell them to support the will of the voter's. To support the Missouri voters.

anonymous
anonymous

anything that makes money is inherently good

nobody should ever be put out of business for anything

LET THE MARKET DECIDE

Abolishnuts
Abolishnuts

And it's my birthday, too!!!! thanks Terry from abner. I know that you are so superior to any of us, You make it known daily, you are great, all the rest are below you. You need an inspector's job, too. Bend over honey, inspect away!!

jonathan
jonathan

The bad breeders are documented now. This is the inspector's job to document, not yours. Every licensed breeder is regulated but not by you. (Notice that the unlicensed breeders are not sought after by Shelley?) If you want to inspect, bend over and inspect that.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

The dogs lost, as did the voters. The arrogance and deceit practiced in the senate floor was breathless. The abuse of the dogs continue, because some red neck stupid people bought off by agribusiness dollars bullied their way through.

I do know one thing: any senator from a Yes district that votes no...good luck on getting elected again. You just told the people who voted for you that you think they're stupid.

That bill was four paragraphs long, and 4th grade English. We knew what we were voting for.

Guest
Guest

It is definitely an HSUS bill. Why else would they spend millions of dollars to deceive the voters with their lies? I guess you could call it an animal rights bill if you want. Me.....I will continue to call it an HSUS bill, because they wrote it, financed it, and are still shoving it back down the throats of Missourians, even after they tried to spit it out..

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

I can see that HumaneWatch sent out only their best bought commenters today.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Oh, no, if this bill gets repealed for that mockery of a fake piece of garbage, then I plan on personally doing everything I legally can to shut down bad breeders in this state.

I plan on ensuring the inspectors are doing their job, that the breeders aren't misrepresenting themselves to the public, that violations are actually punished--and I plan on making each and every representative who voted to repeal Prop B responsible for each sick, injured, and miserable or dying dog that happens in the licensed breeders.

I plan on documenting and publishing every single dirty little secret that the dog breeders have.

The breeders and representatives think this is over? Think again, it's just started.

Hazel
Hazel

Prop B was not about unlicensed breeders. It is already illegal to breed without a license. While I feel strongly that more effort needs to be put into enforcing that law, that isn't what this measure was about.

Hedda
Hedda

So it is ok for outside interest groups like HSUS to influence people with lies and the Missouri Agriculture groups are not allowed to have a say. You are warped.

Abolishnuts
Abolishnuts

The arrogance and deceit is from you Shelley and your friends at HSUS. If the senators from the yes districts voted against the changes, they were not too bright after seeing the bill for what it really was. The majority of the people of these districts will be happy that Prop B will actually be an anti cruelty bill. They will re elect those who wanted the changes, the senate saw through the HSUS garbage. The people can see this and want intelligence in their legislators. Everyone wins. You act like they threw this bill out. It now will be anti cruelty. Not let us give our high dollar dogs to the humane society, so they can sell them. Puppymill is not a legal term, why was it in there? To put commercials on and hold up a dying dog and say STOP PUPPYMILLS. Then HSUS takes the money and donates less than one penny of every dollar to the animals. HSUS got rich over this deceit. The bill was just as deceitful. HSUS does deceit well, many years of practice.

anonymous
anonymous

the only people who found it unpalatable were the scumbags who see animals as dollar signs who put pressure on the right-wing slime in the state house

the voters spoke, and despite the best efforts of the rural racist trash, the bill passed

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

So, should we go back and repeal the legislative changes to conceal carry because the NRA influenced that decision? Or is it only groups that support the vulnerable you don't like?

In other words, how dare anyone tell you if you can or cannot abuse animals.

anonymous
anonymous

missourians tried to spit it out by voting for it?

sure thing, you dumbass redneck

anonymous
anonymous

i was being facetious, shelley. i know it's hard to tell with all these deranged puppy mill advocates around.

Guest
Guest

Last time I checked, dog breeding was still legal in this state. Meth production is not legal. Dumb comparison, Shelley.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

This measure was about breeders, period. Didn't matter if they were licensed or not.

In fact, this measure was about the dogs. That they have good care. I don't give a darn if they're licensed or not as long as the dogs are well cared for, and the operation isn't a dog factory farm. The licensing is a concern for the state and the USDA -- I just care about the dogs.

anonymous
anonymous

WHY WEREN'T THE FOXES CONSULTED ON THE BUILDING OF THIS HENHOUSE?????

Anon.
Anon.

HSUS exposed MO as puppy mill hell.

MO's obscene puppy mill business impacts other states. Your sick and inbred dogs fill pet shops across the country. Each of your dogs sold, means one less dog in a shelter gets adopted. In other words, other states pay the price for MO's cruelty and greed. Sounds like you are in-bred as well.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

The Department of Agriculture, like all governmental agencies, cannot come out favorably or otherwise against a bill -- they are required to be neutral.

Why don't you learn about how government works, first, before you trash people.

anonymous
anonymous

agribusiness has proven over and over again their utter indifference to animal cruelty

fuck them

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Give your high dollar dogs to the humane society?! So they can spend several hundred dollars getting them back into health, only to adopt them out for a fee of $285.00, costing the humane society over 16 million a year, which then has to be made up for by donations?

Is this the profit center you're talking about?

You don't care about the dogs, bottom line it's all about money to you.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

They are not exempt, but it made no sense to cover them under a law meant to prevent puppy mills, when they are not puppy mills. This law was focused on one group of people: commercial dog breeders. Why? Because we have the worst darn dog breeders in the country in this state.

Abolishnuts
Abolishnuts

The humane shelters, who were in on the writing of the bill, found it unpalatable. They put themselves exempt on a animal cruelty bill. That's funny, huh? Get real. They need to eat their own soup. The bill passed, now let us include everyone, no exemptions from the left wing that wants to put their rightousness on others, but are too good to have it put on themselves.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Well, unless you can show me the shelter that breeds dogs to sell as puppies in pet stores, I don't know how you would group shelters under a "puppy mill" law.

The problem we have in the state is with puppy mills, not crappy shelters.

Abolishnuts
Abolishnuts

How dare the animal shelters wanting to be exempt! Looks like now they will have to go by the Prop B. See Prop B did turn into a good thing, with just a few changes. The vulnerable dogs at the shelters, they have a choice. Make money for the shelter or be slaughtered.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

The voters stand by their vote. It's just the representatives who don't have respect for the voters, and don't care if dogs live in a miserable life.

We need to remember this when next we meet these people across from a ballot. They have stolen our votes, and they did it to in support of cruelty to dogs

Guest
Guest

Missourians found it unpalatable after they found out just what they voted for.I am a redneck, but I am usually referred to as a smartass.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Sorry, I've read so much crap, it's hard to tell when someone is being facetious.

anonymous
anonymous

well, the meth dealers don't have a lobby

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