Animal Groups Push For Ballot Measures in Missouri
Two Missouri-based animal groups are backing separate ballot measures in the state.
The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, along with the American Kennel Club, are calling on the public to voice its support for Missouri’s House Joint Resolution 86 before the state Legislature adjourns on May 14.
HJR 86 seeks to place a question on the November ballot that asks voters whether the state constitution should be amended to grant protection for the raising of domesticated animals and game birds in compliance with state and local laws. The amendment also states that no state law criminalizing or otherwise regulating the welfare or breeding of any domesticated animals or game birds would be valid unless it has been enacted by the general assembly or promulgated by a state agency through administrative rule.
The resolution passed the state House of Representatives in March and currently sits with the state Senate, where it has passed the Senate agriculture committee and the governmental accountability and fiscal oversight committee.
Meanwhile, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs reported that it has achieved a significant step in its efforts to increase dog breeding restrictions.
The group—a coalition made up of the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society of Missouri and the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation—seeks to place a question on the November ballot that asks voters to enact the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The act would cap the number of dogs bred at a facility at 50, require rest periods after breeding and establish care standards.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs said it has submitted more than 190,000 signatures to the state to get the measure on the ballot. They needed 130,000 signatures. State officials have until Aug. 3 to determine whether the measure qualifies for the ballot.
However, a lawsuit could halt the ballot initiative. The lawsuit, filed by Missouri Federation of Animal Owners president Karen Strange, challenges the approved ballot language, specifically the use of the term “puppy mill.” <HOME>
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