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Nixon Signs "Missouri Compromise Solution" Version of Prop. B

Categories: Animals, Politics

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Jennifer Silverberg
Governor, how could you resist those puppy-dog eyes?
​Just as he said he would last week, Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 113 this morning. The bill tweaks Proposition B, the initiative to put limits on dog breeding facilities (the nice term for "puppy mills") that voters passed last November.

The bill, now known as the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, removes the prohibition against owners keeping more than 50 dogs for breeding purposes. Instead of making any violation of the law a felony, it reduces it to a class C misdemeanor. It scales back Prop. B's requirements for cage sizes and access to the outdoors. It allows owners to stack cages, but stacking them without an "impervious layer between the cages" is a Class A misdemeanor.

It does, however, keep the requirement that the dogs be fully examined by vets and have larger exercise areas.

It also protects Nixon from criticism that he allowed himself to be swayed by national organizations that largely funded support for Prop. B instead of his own Missourians.

The governor issued an official statement this afternoon:

I am extremely pleased that agriculture and animal welfare groups from across our state have worked together to reach a Missouri solution to this complex issue. The Missouri solution upholds the will of the voters by protecting the welfare of dogs, while also ensuring the future of Missouri agriculture. I look forward to having the Missouri solution, Senate Bill 161, on my desk as soon as possible.

Reaction among supporters of Prop. B has been mixed. State organizations (the Humane Society of Missouri and the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation) are for the "Missouri Solution," while national organizations (the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) oppose it.

Bob Baker, president of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, told the Post-Dispatch the "solution" was "a dramatic improvement for the dogs. How do you walk away from that?"

Debate over Bill 161 continues this afternoon.


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Kathy Snowberry
Kathy Snowberry

Yesterday Shelley Powers wrote "... every bad breeder we find? We'll make sure that Governor Nixon and all of the people who voted for SB 113 and SB 161 get associated with it. "

For the past two years the greatest proportion of official Warnings, issued by the USDA, have been to Mo licensed dog breeders! Most of those - who received Warnings for repeated serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act - have a long history of violating the AWA and the MO Animal Care Facilities law.

As of last week, each of these breeders were still llicensed in MO - and their dogs are still suffering. Have been suffering for years, and apparenly will continue to suffer the remainder of their lives. Dogs starving, dogs in need of immediate vet care, dogs and puppies left unprotected from freezing temps and all the other horrors that HSUS has publicised.

Nixon and the Mo Dept of Agr are responiblel for enforcing these laws and have FAILED, and they are the one's overseeing the enforcement of SB 161 !!!

I agree with Shelley. It's time to expose these licensed breeders who consistently ignore the laws and are being protected by Nixon and the MDA. It's our $1M Nixon is throwng at the MDA for 'enforcemet', and this time the MDA must be held accountable.

logic_is_important
logic_is_important

For all the talk of outsider influence, I wonder how much in campaign donations that King Jay and the rest of the petty tyrants in Jeff City will accept from outsiders next election cycle. Everyone should start checking the campaign donation disclosures and god help any of them that take money from anybody with an address outside of Missouri. To borrow a quote that I overheard early today: "The only difference between Nixon and the Missouri legislature and the assholes fighting dogs in their basement is that at least the dogfighters have the integrity not to try and pretend that they are good people."

Kathy1949
Kathy1949

SO, what's next ? Surely there must be something we can do to better ensure that these dog breeding laws are consistenty enforced, and that bad breeders are shut down.

Kathy1949
Kathy1949

Outsiders have ALWAYS been needed to save the dogs. There's an entire 'underground railroad' in place to transport the dogs that these breeders abuse and then discard, to other states where shelters and rescue groups get them medically treated and adopted out to homes. Not to mention the literally hundreds of MO urban volunteers that organize the pick-ups and get the dogs to the transporters. But, since we are not the ones abusing the dogs, WTF do WE know.

Creativeinfo2001
Creativeinfo2001

The national organization ASPCA is helping animals in flood ravaged Caruthers, MO. I wonder if Governor Nixon will come up with a Missouri solution for that Missouri problem. Or, is it ok to accept help from a national group in some cases, but not others?

anonymous
anonymous

He will never receive any type of support from me again. He's a monster, and an undemocratic one at that. Nixon's idea of politics would be better suited to China.

Fred
Fred

Reading the comments from 'pissed-off Missourian' I first thought "wow, that's a lot of cussing".Then I realized that I agree with everything in those comments.Every single fucking thing.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

This is not an improvement. They talk about doubling the existing space, but the existing space can be set by the breeders vets. They talk about an exercise run, but they don't specify how large it will be. They talk about vets treating the dogs, but only if the dogs have a "serious" problem--serious being determined by the greedy breeders.

HSMO and MAAL, for whatever reason, split from the rest of the animal welfare community and did their own thing. It wasn't just "national organizations" that were not happy about this change -- many of us in Missouri were not happy either.

This was a rip off of the Missourian Constitutional rights. All in order to placate special interests.

Neither the governor nor the legislature respected the people with these moves. All they've done is show their disdain for the urban voters--the people that make up 2/3 of the state.

They sold us out. Well, here we come in 2012, kiddies. Look out.

pissed-off Missourian
pissed-off Missourian

Oh, and one more note to the other backwoods fucktards, it's pronounced Missour-EE...

pissed-off Missourian
pissed-off Missourian

Missurah Governor Nixon should hereby be referred to as Governor Hillbilly Fuckstick. Thanks for pandering to the sibling buggering methhead rural yahoos and fucking over the cities yet again you fucking backwoods rube. Uneducated rural fucktards and the power they wield in this state is the chief reason we are one of the most backwards and laughed at state in the 50, although Billy Bob Toothless would be proud of anyone with a brain laughing at him, its the hillbilly way. I expect Nixon's next step to attempt a compromise to bring back cock-fighting, after all its another time honored hillbilly tradition that them elitist edumacated city folk took away from them. YEEHAW!!!!!

MoDogLover
MoDogLover

S.B. 113 "tweaks" Prop B? TWEAKS?? Are you kidding? It REPEALS Prop B. And Prop B never had any felony provisions. It called for Class C misdemeanors for offenses and Class A misdemeanors for repeat offenses. I have not talked to a single animal welfare advocate who supports this S.B. 161 "deal." It was endorsed by all the opponents to Prop B and no one had even seen the text of the amendment, and it was already rammed through the House today with NO public debate. No one even knows what it says. AND the legislature removed the voters' right to repeal it by enacting an emergency clause. So, in the space of a few hours, the governor repealed a voter-approved initiative, the House passed a law no one has even seen AND took away our right to vote on it. This on a measure that was hotly debated for 18 months. Does anyone else smell the B.S. coming from Jefferson City? Welcome to the new world, everyone. Our votes don't mean anything.

hope
hope

why do you people talk to each other this way i think that is why are nation is in the situation we are in people for got you get farther in life with sugar than vinagor. have a wonderful day

Marinashanelewis
Marinashanelewis

How aprapo..... considering on the last day of the 2010 legislative session the legislators once again protected scum bags by killing the dogfighting bill while the sponsor stepped out to use the bathroom. In five minutes our work of 2 years to pass this legislation was gone. The bill called for stiffer penalties for repeat spectotors since right now it's basically just a slap on the hands & a fine along with a 30 day disposition hearing for the dogs (All other animal related cases get a 30 day disposition except for dogs involved in dogfighting. That means these dogs must linger, caged up as evidence, until the trial is over which can take years. While I am personally deeply upset about about Prop B being overturned, I keep trying to focus on the fact that some relief for the dogs will be coming. Having lobbied on this issue for almost 10 years and seeing such little progress, the efforts over the last year by the coalition are not in vain. While not the much higher standards we had hoped to achieve, at least the standards will improved. We will continue to work for more humane laws. Unfortunately, in Missouri.... it's two steps forward, one step back.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Nope, as I wrote in reply to another comment where you made the same statement, we're just getting started.

What? Did you think that Governor Nixon was going to sign a piece of paper and we were all just going to go away? "Oh, well, Nixon has Spoke, doggies. Buck up."

Not a chance.

anonymous
anonymous

great stuff. keep it coming.

Anonymous
Anonymous

From the looks of your Facebook picture, you can't even brush your own hair, much less an animal's.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

We can do what we've done in the past: find and document the bad breeders. Push the state agencies to actually do their job, rather than pose in front of photographers because they signed a bill that guts a voter approved initiative.

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

Missouri no-kill shelters have been refusing breeding dogs for several months now. Guess they don't really care about all dogs -- just those that will make them money.

Chris
Chris

LOL, sometimes "outsiders" are needed, aren't they? Especially when they're better at something than Missourahians.

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

Scornful Shelley, your ignorant bill never became law. Ignorant because you ignored the leaders in this state. You ignored the breeders themselves, when you should have consulted us about was possible for us to do. Your bill should, and could, have been a real piece of legislation, had it made good sense for the industry. It did not, and your scornful heart will never know why.

Jtfsouth
Jtfsouth

 Yes, what we can do it elect someone other than Jay Nixon when his term is up...... better yet, can we over-ride the last election because that is apparently what we do here in Missouri. We turn over what the voters wanted in the first place.

anonymous
anonymous

there should be a ballot initiative. let the public vote!

oh shit never mind

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

Good luck taking the new law into your own hands. At least you've revealed your inner terrorist.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Sorry, you may be happy with this "solution", we're not.

You completely forget the fact that this "solution" guts a voter approved initiative. And this new "solution" is nothing more than a token, a sop tossed by indifferent politicians unwilling to go against the agribusiness interests in this state.

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

That 'piece of paper' is now YOUR LAW, my dear. Next time? We'll be ready for you.

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

You can't even speak up under your own name or picture. But why try? You're history.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Yes, because we allow all industries to determine which regulations they do and don't have to meet.

Let's see...coal burning utility plants don't have to scrub their emissions, cars don't have to be safe, eggs can be contaminated with salmonella, and oil platforms can blow up in the Gulf of New Mexico.

What a great idea: let the industries set the standards. And we'll ask, pretty please, if they'll follow the laws.

Kathy1949
Kathy1949

"...your ignorant bill.."? How about you and your ignorant governor and representatives just proving to the entire world that humane treatment and vet care is TOO MUCH for MO dog breeders to comply with. The largest proportion of your puppies are shipped to CA pet stores, where laws are being passed to DISCLOSE where those puppies come from. I expect purchases from CA pet stores to drop sharply.

anonymous
anonymous

yeah not consulting the foxes on the construction of a henhouse is "ignorant"

pissed-off Missourian
pissed-off Missourian

Your 'industry' has about as much dignity as the one that produces meth and bestiality pornography. Your 'industry' is a blight on this state in its current incarnation so why the hell should we work with these disgraceful breeders who fought tooth and nail against any improvements until their hand was forced? Be happy today, governor hillbilly fuckstick sided with the noodling inbreeding rural chicken fuckers so you can mass produce dogs to languish in a 'Pass Pets' setting, if they are lucky. Don't expect us to go away though, this fight is far from over, especially with the gathering national attention this disgraceful Governor has bestowed upon our backward state of Missurah.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Yeah, and we see how well existing commercial breeders follow the laws.

anonymous
anonymous

for some odd reason this wasn't your opinion when the people voted to crack down on scumbags like you

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Dog breeding is more complex than running an oil drilling platform?

Seriously?

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

Dog breeding is much more complex than the examples you gave. It requires knowledge that none of "you" have and never will have if you don't use the knowledge of legitimate, good breeders who will cooperate in shutting down substandard kennels. This is the only way to succeed, but you'll never seek that because your agenda was never better kennels to start with.You want no kennels,admit it. Which you won't. I can't help that. And I can't save you from yourself. Fanatics are fanatics. You have no life beyond Wayne. Pity.

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

Well, that's kinda the problem, Shelly. Prop B would have shut down the hobby breeders and most all small breeders. That's just one reason it was a 'flawed bill', and the legislators knew it. And Gov. Nixon knew it was wrong. So they rightfully and lawfully changed it. Go ahead with your 'on cue' claim that 'big money' 'bought him out'. What has HSUS 'big money' done for you? No, I could tell from their statements made toward the end that the legislators did indeed finally 'get it' about the destructive elements of PropB. You will never get it.

BTW, I apologize for calling you "Smelly". That indeed was beneath me -- I thought I would never stoop to your (all of your) snarky level -- but I was awfully excited when SB 161 was passed. That the Democratic Gov had the courage to sign it. You folks really know how to teach 'snark' and a person gets caught up in the fun of it. But ultimately it is not effective . . . the next day, realizing how far one has stooped, it's not even fun.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

You replied to the wrong person.

"Smelly", eh? You realize that most people outgrew such name calling when they left puberty, don't you? Whatever.

The USDA license inspections are untrustworthy? Frankly, I would trust the word of the USDA over large scale commercial dog breeders who pretend to have few animals when they have hundreds. And I don't care about hobby breeders--I'm going after the breeders that would have been shut down under Prop B but are allowed to operate under the so-called "Solution".

I grant you that the Missouri Department of Agriculture has done a poor job, both with inspection write-ups and ensuring access to inspections, but we expect with the new 1.1 million in funds there to be significant improvement in both. And we will be watching, just to ensure this happens.

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

Smelly -- good luck finding breeders when the source of your information is so untrustworthy. I have a small fraction of 500 dogs, and I am a licensed hobby breeder in total compliance with the State. So, good luck in your lying and sleuthing . . . what a work load you're going to have -- yay!--with data like that.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Oh, no, Chi Idols. We're not history. We will be back with another law. And in the meantime, I plan on finding all the bad but licensed breeders and exposing them to the world.

No more pretending to be a small family breeder when you have 500 dogs. And every bad breeder we find? We'll make sure that Governor Nixon and all of the people who voted for SB 113 and SB 161 get associated with it.

This is what you all wanted. This is what you're going to get.

No more dirty little secrets.

Chi Idols Chihuahuas
Chi Idols Chihuahuas

You're venomous just like your bill was. It's no wonder y'all are pissed off. You're history.

Kathy1949
Kathy1949

Hey - don't give them anymore ideas of how to abuse animals. Now we'll have to spend the next 20 years trying to ban chicken-fucking as a legal and profitable agricultural 'industry' in MO.

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