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Governor Nixon Caves To Dog Breeders; "Missouri Solution" Weakens Prop. B

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Nixon: The great compromiser solutionizer.
Yesterday Governor Jay Nixon announced that he'd brokered a "Missouri Solution" to the fight over the state's notorious puppy mills.

Working with animal rights activists and commercial dog breeders, the governor forged a deal that would keep just a few provisions of Proposition B -- the ballot issue that 51.6 percent of Missourians passed in November, calling for greater restrictions on dog-breeding facilities.

Nixon's "solution" comes in response to efforts by the state legislature to overturn Prop. B. The governor's proposal requires that the dogs get larger cages -- a key point of contention between the two sides. Those cages, however, can still remain stacked on top of each other, allowing gravity and the canine digestive tract to wreak havoc on the pooches on the bottom row. (That howling you heard in the distance last night was thousands of dogs calling dibs on top bunk.)

The "solution" also calls for more access to exercise areas for the dogs and requires vets to physically examine each pooch annually instead of just "eyeballing" them as before.

Gone, though, are the measures limiting the size of a dog farm to 50 breeding animals. So too is regulations on the breeding frequency for the dogs.

The governor touted that his solution also would set aside $1.1 million to pay for additional inspectors and veterinarians to inspect the dogs. But that money requires approval from the Republican-controlled legislature (a.k.a. the same people who lined up en masse to kill Proposition B).

Not surprisingly, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) opposes the solution, even though the Humane Society of Missouri signed onto Nixon's deal.

Not having HSUS's blessing could prove key. The national organization provided the majority of the funding to place Proposition B on the ballot last November. Just last week, animal rights activists stated that they could attempt another ballot initiative should Nixon sign the bill overturning the will of the voters.

Yesterday the president of HSUS stated that Nixon's solution "falls short of Proposition B." 

Nixon could have flexed his political muscles by vetoing outright the bill to strip Proposition B. Instead, he turned his back on urban voters (who predominately voted in favor of Prop. B) with his watered-down solution aimed at appeasing farmers worried that dog-breeding laws could eventually affect how they raise their cows, pigs and other livestock. 

"The agreement that was signed today upholds the intent of the voters, protects dogs and ensures that Missouri agriculture will continue to grow," said Nixon yesterday in a statement.

Sorry, governor, but who the hell considers dogs to be agriculture?

Corrections: This article initially stated that Proposition B would make certain violations a felony. That's incorrect. It would have made any violations a Class C misdemeanor. Nixon's compromise, by comparison, would only make repeat violators subject to a Class C misdemeanor. This article also originally referred to the Humane Society of Missouri as a "chapter" of the HSUS. The two organizations are, in fact, separate from one another. 

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TomKi
TomKi

The use of the term "puppy mill" is as bad as the use of the term "nigger." Using it shows that you are a bigot and an idiot.

Governor Nixon gave the animal rights activists way too much credit when he compromised with them at all. His failure was in failing to treat them like the criminals that they are. Don't bother lying to me. The "puppy mill" crusade is run by animal rights activist led by evil greedy hucksters.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

That's a stupid analogy to make. Seriously, that is completely asinine.

Nothing like using the civil rights movement in order to protect an industry that is generally loathed across the country.

Criminals? Because we abhor cruelty to dogs? What does that say about you, then?

I debated whether to even respond, because your level of hyperbole only hurts your defense of puppy millers. But I despise people who have used the civil rights movement in order to protect puppy mills.

TomKi
TomKi

Black humans were generally despised in the United States, with similar reasoning. The same kind of people ran that scam.

Criminals, because your people lie, set things on fire, vandalize property, and steal.

Get Skinny, Go Vegan.
Get Skinny, Go Vegan.

Yeah, I just blogged about my feelings. And I didn't do yoga this morning, so they aren't candy coated.

Marty
Marty

So if the governor had vetoed the bill, the caption would have read "Governor Nixon Caves to leading Animal Rights organization"? H$U$ (out of state carpetbagger) spent *millions* pushing this proposition and snowing urbanites into thinking it would be good for animals. Then Pacelle claims democracy is being thwarted when the most onerous provisions of Prop 2 are modified (because the majority of people in cities who voted for it are NOT EXPERTS in animal husbandry). What about the "propaganda mill" BIG LIES spewed all over the media by H$U$ and its fellow AR supporters? Animal rights is NOT animal wefare. When are people gonna get that?

Lisa Hardesty
Lisa Hardesty

No Marty, the caption would read, "Gov. Nixon upholds the majority vote of Missourians on Prob B!"

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Lisa Hardesty
Lisa Hardesty

Janice, apparently you haven't visited many of the puppy mills in Missouri. Most do NOT have solid floor in stacked cages that is lined with plastic and catch the waste! Read the OIG report which was released last May and that will tell you our state is pathetic when it comes to protecting dogs in these H**L holes! And what are you referring to with your comment on a 3 lb chi? You can't be serious?! My 3lb and 4lb chis manage just fine in my 2,500 sq foot home. They have never gotten lost!

ptbamdb
ptbamdb

Just how many licensed dog kennels have you visited that do not have solid, impervious to moisture barriers between levels of cages? If you are referring to the illegal breeders, that is another issue entirely.

TomKi
TomKi

Not bagging on you in particular, Lisa, but the fact is that someone can tell a lie and then the rest of us are left scrambling to catch up because often it is very difficult to disprove the lie. I would like to see how you know for a fact that most commercial breeders allow feces to fall through onto other dogs. I don't believe your statement. Maybe you have been lied to.

Janice Eminger
Janice Eminger

HSUS only wants its way, whether it is better or not. The stupid comment on the stacked cages is just that. The dogs on the bottom row have no idea what is happening above because they are shielded by a solid floor above them that is lined with plastic to catch the waste and allow it to be washed and sanitized. Apparently these people have never seen a kennel and have no idea what they are arguing for. The Governor has done some of his homework but the size of the cages in Prop B for a chihuahua is ridiculous. A 3 pound chihuahua has to have 36 square ft. It will get lost.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

You're deliberately misleading about the size requirement.

Dogs 25 inches and smaller would have 12 square feet of indoor space. A chihuahua would have a cage that is about 40 inches long and wide and a foot taller than the dog.

I know the preference is to stick these small dogs in cages barely larger than a shoe box, but we think the dogs need a little more room.

ptbamdb
ptbamdb

You are misleading, Shelley. 12 sq. feet inside plus unfettered access to another 24 square feet outside is a total of 36 square feet. Most kennels keep two dogs to a pen, so that is 72 square feet for two tiny Chihuahuas to get lost in.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

So the chihuahua gets a cage thats 40 inches wide by 40 inches long, and it gets access to an outdoor run area that's twice that size. And you consider that a dog would get lost in this?

DogLover
DogLover

Gov. Nixon still has the option to veto a bad bill, uphold what voters wanted and really crack down hard on bad dog breeders in the state of Missouri. And the Legislature that wanted to override the will of the voters can’t do a thing to overturn that veto. Pleeeze, the House barely approved the bill to weaken Prop B by an 85-71 margin! Yet Gov. Nixon has chosen the politically expedient route rather than doing what’s right. He wants to appeal to conservative, rural Missourians with a compromise that weakens the voter-approved law, knowing that rural areas rejected that law. But he’s also trying to sell his compromise to urban voters who backed Prop B by claiming that, hey, he’s got at least a few protections from Prop B in the new compromise. Sorry, but Gov. Nixon’s actions are not in the best longterm interests of the state of Missouri. Shame on him for trying to evade his responsibility. He should veto the legislature’s puppy mill bill, now.

JJ
JJ

Why does everyone act like they know best when they have no idea how a kennel is run or what laws are already enforced. Come visit and request to see how an honest, good kennel is operated.

DogLover
DogLover

JJ, Missouri voters are smart enough to know that commercial dog breeding in their home state is a mess! Read the OIG report issued last May. Missouri received a failing grade on enforcement and prosecution! The voters have spoken and Gov, Nixon needs to uphold the vote of the people. Period!

ptbamdb
ptbamdb

Funny that you would mention the two things that Prop B was totally lacking: enforcement and prosecution. The voters were tricked and deceived into voting for a non-funded, non-enforceable sham of a proposition that would destroy a significant part of rural Missouri. I wouldn't exactly call the yes-voters smart; they were suckered.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

OK, fine. Provide the names and contact information for kennels who will allow reporters, or reps from the community, such as myself, to visit. Other than Tenderheart and Santo Hill, who have opened their doors (but are about the only ones who have).

Ten kennels. Provide the names and contact information for ten kennels who will open their doors for public view. It shouldn't be hard to find ten out of 1,390 is it?

How about Jason Smith's mother's kennel? After all, Jason Smith is our elected rep. He's gone on camera as saying his mother's kennel is wonderful. So, let's see it.

TomKi
TomKi

Another thing for you, Shelley: A Missouri breeder was killed and her unborn baby ripped out of her womb by someone posing as a dog buyer. Almost as evil are people who pose as dog buyers who turn in dishonest reports of having seen "deplorable" conditions. Lies, threats, and physical attacks have forced legal breeders underground.

Yes, if you are able, you need to see how dogs are actually handled, with a fair mind. The thing is that you activists can't be trusted. People are way too nice to you as it is. Almost every breeder in Missouri knows that the activists carry evil intent that isn't very well disguised.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

And TomKI just proves another point...

Large Scale commercial breeders won't open their doors. They won't show the world how their business runs. They won't even allow journalists to visit.

But if you say anything about the breeders, then you'll get hit with "You need to visit the breeders, see how good they are".

Yeah, right. Dirty little secrets.

Any industry that is so afraid of exposure, of public view, is not an industry we should protect in this state.

TomKi
TomKi

Shelley Powers, we do not answer to you or account to you for anything. We do not answer to or account to the HSUS for anything.

This war between the animal rights cultists and breeders has been going on in Missouri for over forty years. You can try to pretend, but dog breeders in Missouri know the truth. If they open their doors people will tell lies about what they see to get them in trouble.

Do you really think I'm that stupid?

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

And patbamdb just proves my point.

You say we should visit the kennels, but no large scale commercial kennel (other than Tenderheart, and I respect their openness) will allow anyone to visit, not even potential dog buyers. Only a puppy mill would not let potential dog buyers visit. Only a puppy mill would hide what they are, and pretend to be something else.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

TomKi,

Since we already know the addresses of all licensed kennels, the old "oh, but we can't know if these people won't be harassed" claim just doesn't work.

So, which kennel owners will go public? I would expect at least 10%. OK, 5%. Well, OK: list 20 kennels willing to open their doors.

And I expect Jason Smith's mother to be one of them. After all, he's an elected official: what does he and his family have to hide?

ptbamdb
ptbamdb

No one in their right mind would ever invite YOU, Shelley Powers, to visit their kennel. That would be like giving the key to the hen house to the hungry fox.You do NOTHING in good faith. You are out to destroy dog breeders, just the same as HSUS. Nothing would be good enough, as you have said if it was up to you, no one would be allowed to have even ten dogs for breeding. Matter of fact, most of your 'comrades' do not think ANYONE should be raising dogs.MANY kennels have opened their doors to their sensible representatives and senators who have agricultural backgrounds and sound minds. Why would anyone invite you or your rabid reporters (who only seek sensationalism) into their lives to be harassed and destroyed.

TomKi
TomKi

Can you promise that none of those kennels will ever be approached, harassed, or set on fire by animal rights activists?

Carla Jean Page
Carla Jean Page

so,ole jay nixon didn,t veto the bill,well i,m asking for a recall vote to have jay nixon removed ad governer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he has lied to the people of missouri more than once!!!!!!!!!!! he lied to us during the ice storm and during the blizzard.i,ve had it with jay nixon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jmr23
jmr23

Does anyone know if the 'compromise' kept the requirement of clean food and water? Or was that too much to ask?

STLNEWSMOD
STLNEWSMOD

From my understanding the compromise calls for food twice per day and constant access to non-frozen water "generally" free of contaminants.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Continuous access to water... unless the breeder has a note from his or her hired vet that water does not have to be served continuously.

"Generally" free of contaminants--and how we interpret "generall" probably won't match how the breeder interprets "generally".

And the food must be nutritious, but interestingly enough, they removed the part about it having to be wholesome, too. Evidently feeding your dogs cow heads covered in maggots is still acceptable.

snapper
snapper

Sounds like a sensible compromise. Good job, guv!

Joyward
Joyward

Why would Democrats continue to vote for this guy? He is an embarrassment to Missouri. We might as well have a republican governor. At least you now who to blame that way. I know I won't be showing up to vote for Nixon next election. If he had half a brain he would look at the numbers from the last election. Prop B got more votes than Robin Carnahan got in her bid for the Senate. That tells me the way to get crossover vote is to stand with the dogs. As it is, Nixon is standing with the scumbags.

Bdjd999
Bdjd999

Shame on you Gov. Nixon The voters of Missouri spoke and you turned a deaf ear. Dogs are domesticated, and should not be grouped into agriculture. Puppy mills are places of horror and death for parent dogs. Before making such a rash change in the law the voters passed Nixon should have visited some of the mills.I guess democracy is dead in Missouri. RIP

ptbamdb
ptbamdb

Bdjd999 said: "Before making such a rash change in the law the voters passed Nixon should have visited some of the mills."How about before the under-educated voters made such a rash change in the law with Prop B, they should have gotten a proper basis of knowledge by visiting some of the licensed kennels they were attacking and condemning. Misinformation and outright lies supplied by HSUS, and lack of any common sense about animal husbandry is what passed Prop B in the urban populace.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Well, considering that kennels won't allow even potential dog buyers to visit, a little hard for the voters to visit, isn't it?

Unless you can name some kennel owners who will open their doors for the media or representatives of the community. Heck, open their doors for potential dog buyers.

You all even tried to get a law passed to make it illegal to photograph a dog kennel from the road.

Dirty little secrets--that's what this "solution" seeks to do, protect an industry full of dirty little secrets.

ptbamdb
ptbamdb

Are you really stupid enough to believe your own hype? Most kennels gladly welcome legitimate buyers to come pick out their new puppy. Where on earth did you get the idea that they wouldn't? Did you maybe try to trick some breeders into believing you were a potential buyer? Screening out the deceptive animal rights radicals is basic puppy-marketing 101. You wouldn't be able to get your AR foot in the door.

JJ
JJ

If you really want to know what the majority thinks you have to go around and ask. The majority of people who voted thought they were saving dogs. They still do not know the truth. I agree, the bigger cities have no idea what it takes to get meat on the table or what your grocery stores would look like without us country hicks. We all have to work together but HSUS only wants to be the ruling king and they are a self interest group with no concern for people or dogs. They care only about the money generated and the power to have it for themselves.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Thank you for telling the voters of Missouri that we really don't know what we want, because we disagree with you so therefore we must be mistaken.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

I love it...it doesn't long before someone in comments mentions that there really wasn't a "true" majority vote for Proposition B.

How can you believe anyone who seeks to misrepresent something that is so obviously true?

ptbamdb
ptbamdb

Shelley, only in your own mind are you the majority. You, in particular, actually did want to destroy the dog breeding industry, just like HSUS planned. That is quite clear, and yes, you did know exactly what you were voting to do. JJ was speaking of the REAL voters who thought they were helping to improve the lives of dogs. Those voters were duped by HSUS into helping radical activists pass Prop B to kill the dog industry and damage the rural economy in Missouri.

TomKi
TomKi

Actually, the promoters of Proposition B told numerous lies. Nixon gave them far too much credit.

Zenzi25
Zenzi25

we are in the military and are stationed here. sadly. once our assignment is completed we will leave misery aka missouri and never return. we are embarrassed to live in a state like that.misery is only known for 2 things: puppy mills and meth... very sad

Joyward
Joyward

I can't blame you, Zenzi25. Interestingly enough, the same areas known for puppy mills are the same areas with the meth busts. Hmmm. Could there be a connection????

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

Sounds pretty good. Better than wiping out an entire industry, and the livelihood of thousands. Better than law enforcement coming in on someone's whim or flimsy excuse, taking one's precious dogs, and making criminals out of good, hardworking, conscionable breeders. A law that doesn't hate dog breeding and dog breeders. A law we can live with.

Now, let's together stop the substandard kennels -- and the unlicensed puppy mills.

Gina_allabloutlabs
Gina_allabloutlabs

This governor is no better than the money gubbing puppy millers he supports. Hope the MO people will vote his a&* out of office along with the pig rep who's mommy own one of the worst mills in MO. What happen to the voice of the people? The people of MO voted for this legislation...We have no Voice anymore!

Anonymous
Anonymous

NO DUMBASS YOU DON'T HAVE A VOICE WHEN IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Maybe we can get a ballot initiative to bring back slavery in Missouri? Oh wait, it's unconstitutional, but it could pass!

We are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, United by one, Divided by zero, EXPECT US!

Stranger in Inbredistan
Stranger in Inbredistan

I think what you mean to say is "We are ignoramuses. We breed with blood relatives. We do not think. We crap in our pants every day. United in the shallow end of the gene pool. Expectorate on us (it's the only chance we have to get a shower without hauling water from the Cement Pond)."

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

You must be the person who also posts as getemout: the level of froth and incoherency is the same.

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

and I missed where a court declared this unconstitutional

anonymous
anonymous

none of these fucks could name three amendments without googling

they heard somebody say it's unconstitutional, so they're parrotting it

Ceby8b
Ceby8b

wow, how surprising, the tough talking idiot is listed as 'Anonymous.' you're quite the big man! can't even stand behind what you believe in with your name...

Mlair
Mlair

I would love to know why being from the small town makes you a redneck.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh did I forget to mention it wasn't the people of Missouri who passed prop b, it was the uneducated in agriculture metro population that take for granted everything we stand for. I hope a storm wipes all your asses up. May you rott in hell!

Kd
Kd

Redneck.

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