please vote yes on prop b

Dear Missourians:

On November 2nd, you will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on Prop B, which is also known as The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. By voting YES on this proposition, you’ll be saving the lives of dogs.

If Prop B passes, breeders will only be able to keep 50 dogs in their facility. These 50 dogs, by law, will have:

• sufficient food and clean water
• necessary Veterinarian care with veterinary pet insurance for every dog.
• sufficient housing that will protect them from the elements
• sufficient space to turn and stretch and lie down without being cramped into a tiny ball
• regular exercise
• adequate rest between breeding cycles.

If I had to guess, I’d say any dog that you have has all of those things, right? And you don’t even really have to put an effort into making sure s/he has all of those things, because it’s just what you do when you have an animal, right? It’s not that hard.

I’ve had 33 dogs come in and out of my house over the past 1.5 years, several due to puppy mills. These dogs have never seen a dog toy. They’ve never eaten out of a bowl, because their owners just throw a handful of food at them each day. They’ve never felt grass on their feet, because they’re locked in wire cages 24 hours a day unless they’re being forced to breed.

Missouri is home to approximately 3000 puppy mills that pumping out hundreds of thousands of puppies. Many of these dogs never see a vet before they’re sold for exorbitant prices over the internet or in malls and pet stores. Many of these dogs wind up coming into a rescue organization (like the one we volunteer for) because the puppy mill owners have decided to close down and don’t know what to do with the hundreds of breeding machine dogs that have never been socialized.

In my opinion, 50 dogs is still WAY too much. But it’s a start.

Please visit your polls and vote yes on Prop B.



  1. My roommates dog is from a puppy mill (he was a runt so I think they may have been breeding him to get tinier puppies) and even after 2 years of pretty relentless training he’s still a mess. I don’t think he’ll ever be real comfortable around people he doesn’t know or when there’s a food bowl in front of him. He’s only just learning how to play with toys from being around other dogs & he’s really only played with other dogs (including mine) about 10 times since we got him.

    It’s endlessly sad and he’s one of the lucky ones. I wish people knew or cared enough to educate themselves on breeders & puppy mills when it’s time to pick a dog.

  2. jumi

    I’m getting mixed messages here (it’s like your mouth says no but your body says yes).

    I find it sad (and hilarious) that Joe the Plumber is apparently leading the charge against the evil Humane Society thugs who want to infringe on small business owner’s god given rights to be cruel to animals.

  3. This proposition is very misleading and I would like to correct some misconceptions. First, Missouri already has laws in place that require exactly what you mentioned above. In fact, the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) became law in 1992 and is more detailed in the care required than Prop B. Also, Prop B does nothing to stop the illegal or unregulated breeders, it only targets the licensed ones which are, in most cases, the ones that are doing their job correctly. The ACFA regulatory standards are defined under 2 CSR 30-9.010 through 2 CSR 30-9.030, a 23-page document that articulates everything from the number of times that animals must be fed (which is more than Prop B requires) and watered to materials that are acceptable for animal collars. I believe animals should be protected but more government is not the answer. Please, vote NO on Prop B. You can learn more at,, or read the ACFA’s 23-page report at

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