Dr. Gipson Ousted from USDAYour letters, e-mails and phone calls are truly making a difference!Due almost solely to the efforts of the Alliance and our supporters, Chester Gipson, USDA’s Deputy Administrator for Animal Care, the person responsible for the enforcement of the Anim
February 5, 2015 – A bill introduced early in the legislative session seeks to hold a person liable for voicing concerns about the safety of food from animals raised on factory farms. The language in this bill is similar to an existing law in Texas that resulted in Oprah Winfre
January, 2015 – Europeans suspend importation of horse meat from Mexico. The European Commission has placed a moratorium on the import of horse meat from Mexico due to health concerns. CLICK HERE to read more.
January 6, 2015 – Congress has once again denied the funds to conduct federal inspections of horse slaughter facilities thereby preventing horse slaughter plants from operating in the United States in 2015. CLICK HERE to read more.
January 6, 2015 – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently announced that it will no longer fund research on dogs procured from pounds, breeders, and other so-called random sources. The move is in response to a National Academy of Sciences Report. CLICK HERE to rea
January 6, 2015 – We had previously asked our supporters to contact Senator Claire McCaskill and ask her to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act which would help eliminate the cruel practice of “soring” horses. CLICK HERE to read more.
Sadly, the Right to Farm Amendment to our state constitution passed at the ballot box on Tuesday. Originally, political pundits predicted that the initiative would pass by an overwhelming majority, instead it squeaked by with such a small margin that there will, in all probability, b
October 10, 2014 – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 6 states, including Missouri, which sought to overturn California rules requiring more space for egg-laying hens. CLICK HERE to read more.
The FBI has announced that the Bureau will now start tracking incidences of animal abuse. A crime against an animal will now be recorded in an individual category and not simply be itemized as a miscellaneous crime. CLICK HERE to read more.
Posted August 26, 2014 - Columbia Missourian Reports on Success of Puppy Mill Law. In what is the first in-depth look at the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act (CCPA) since its passage in 2011, the Columbia Missourian, in a three-part series, reports on the dramatic difference this law ha
Posted August 26, 2014 - A six-year-old victory for dogs is finally being implemented by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Farm Bill, passed by Congress in 2008, contained an amendment prohibiting the importation of puppies less than 6 months of age for the purpose of r
Missouri’s Right to Farm Constitutional Amendment survives recount as reported by the Secretary of State’s office. CLICK HERE to read more.View the county-by-county results of the recount as they come in. The Secretary of State has set up a special webpage for this recou
Information about the Right-to-Farm initiative that will appear on the August 5 ballot as Amendment 1. The Alliance is asking you to Vote “NO”. Read below to find out why.CLICK HERE to view the Fox 2 interview with Alliance Executive Director, Bob Baker, on July 29, 2014
June 30, 2014 – Mislabeled as “Right to Farm”, this proposed constitutional amendment is not about the right to farm; such a right currently exists. Rather, this legislation, in its original form, was intended to repeal the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, which subst
June 23, 2014 – While we believe all dogs should be spayed or neutered, it is certainly a step in the right direction for those dogs that are most subject to abuse and neglect, and so often ending up in shelters, to receive such protection. Kansas City’s ordinance has reduced
Updated – We need Senator Claire McCaskill to co-sponsor the PAST Act/S.1406 to stop the cruel and inhumane practice of “soring” to horses. This legislation would prohibit all acts of soring as well as the use of any types of chains or action devices on the lower extremity of t
Posted June 2, 2014 – Congress took further action this week to protect horses from slaughter and to prevent the opening of the proposed horse slaughter plant in Gallatin, Missouri. The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the 2015 Agriculture Appropriation
Posted May 29, 2014 - Due to encouragement from the passage of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act in Missouri, animal advocates in Minnesota worked tirelessly to pass their own law to protect dogs confined in abusive and neglectful puppy mills. READ MORE>>
Posted March 20, 2014 - Imagine being pushed beyond the point of exhaustion: the bones in your legs straining to hold up the weight of your body, your bleeding lungs incapable of taking in enough air, and you’re forced to keep running despite it all. This is what life is like fo
Posted March 6, 2014 – Hens in California are living the good life. Many can now lay their eggs in oversize enclosures roomy enough to stand up, lie down — even extend their wings fully without touching another bird. READ MORE>>
Posted January 29, 2014 – The Chinese Zodiac declares 2014 to be the Year of the Horse. Animal welfare groups in this area couldn’t agree more. It’s 2014 – and equity for equines is very much on their minds. The Humane Society is expressing concern about early
Posted January 15, 2014 – Congress reached an agreement on an omnibus budget bill that defunds inspections for horse slaughter. Its passage, in effect, ends the possibility of horse slaughter plants opening in the US until the budget is once again under consideration next fall. READ
Posted February 5, 2014 – Congress has halted the opening of horse slaughter plants in the United States, including the plant that was set to open here in Northwest Missouri (Gallatin). The recent congressional budget passed into law last week stripped funding for the federal i
Posted February 5, 2014 - In a fortunate turn of events, Michael Hendrickson, Circuit Judge in Webster County Missouri, recently affirmed that he erred when he ruled that the Attorney General’s office could not seek civil penalties against substandard puppy mills if such facilities co
Posted November 4, 2013 – A lawsuit by horse advocates to stop the opening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. was dismissed by a federal judge on Friday. This dismissal could permit the slaughtering of horses once again in this country. The last horse slaughterhouse closed
Posted December 9, 2013 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made it easier for the public to report suspected abuse or neglect at a puppy mill. The USDA has created a new online form for members of the public to submit their concerns about animals that are
Posted October 14, 2013 – Reputable dog breeders have, for years, argued that there is little money to be made from breeding dogs and insisted it should only be pursued as a hobby or to improve breed standards. This, of course, raises the question, “Why are there so many
Posted October 14, 2013 – Last year Congress re-appropriated funding for the inspection of horse slaughter plants leading to the real possibility that slaughter plants might re-open in the United States. This includes one facility right here in Northwest, Missouri (Gallatin) wh
Updated and posted October 14, 2013 – Canine Cruelty Prevention Act remains law of the land in Missouri. Due to the great success of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, it came as no surprise when late last year, a group representing 83 dog breeders in the state of Missouri, bro
Posted October 14, 2013 – Protection for large cats and fees on shelters remain in effect. The Missouri Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of Senate Bill 795 which was passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2010. Senate Bill 795 contained numerous provisions in
Posted August 6, 2013 – A judge has blocked a Missouri company from obtaining a permit for a horse slaughter facility, at least temporarily. Cole County Judge Daniel Green ordered the Department of Natural Resources wait to issue a wastewater permit to Rains Natural Meats, whic
Posted October 4, 2013 – Dogs early winners as 1,100 puppy mills shut down. Puppy millers are licking their wounds as over 1,100 commercial dog breeders and brokers in the state of Missouri have shut their doors over the past 4 years. READ MORE>>
August 14, 2013 - In response to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 795, which was passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2010, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that such law was indeed constitutional. The intent of the lawsuit was to eliminate the fees unfairl
Posted August 20, 2013 – At a recent seminar, hosted by the United States and Missouri Department of Agricultures, commercial dog breeders were given a stern reprimand for selling dogs that are infected with Canine Brucellosis to rescue groups. READ MORE>>
Posted July 23, 2013 – A group of dog breeders in Missouri has dropped its federal lawsuit seeking to euthanize tough anti-puppy mill regulations that have been in place since 2011. Why should animal lovers in Pennsylvania care? Thousands of puppies bred in Missouri – th
July 15, 2013 – San Diego joins Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Glendale, and several other cities in California and across the country in prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Responding to complaints about the sale of sick and ill animals in pet stores, more and m
Posted July 11, 2013St. Louis Post-Dispatch: FAIR:That may account for some of the hue and cry over the likelihood that federal regulators will soon approve horse slaughtering at Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, in northwest Missouri. Regulators recently issued permits for similar fa
Posted July 9, 2013 – While the St. Louis Post-Dispatch opines on the environmental dangers from a proposed giant hog farm in Arkansas where such operations have little regulations, this should serve as a wake-up call for us here in Missouri. READ MORE>>
July 3, 2013 – While USDA considers approving a horse slaughter plant for Missouri, the Kansas City Star and the federal Office of Inspector General reports that USDA can’t sufficiently regulate slaughter plants for cows and pigs. READ MORE>>
Posted July 2, 2013 – The mistake Kendra Hougland made was one of geography. Ms. Hougland, of Alton, recently found herself in Madison County Court facing a custody battle over Nina, her 4-year-old Java macaque monkey, after Nina went off and bit a 6-year-old boy at a festival.
Posted July 1, 2013 – In an unexpected move this past week, the USDA has decided to approve an application for a horse slaughter facility in the state of New Mexico and has indicated that it will soon do the same for a proposed horse slaughter plant in Gallatin, Daviess County,
Posted June 26, 2013 – The federal Farm Bill, which contained a harmful amendment affecting animal welfare by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), was soundly defeated. Additionally, a ban was passed on domestic horse slaughter that would prohibit the USDA from using funds to inspect horsemeat
Posted May 29, 2013 – According to a recent USDA report, Iowa now ranks second in the country in the number of commercial dog breeders. Only Missouri has more. In this Channel 13 investigation, we’re taking you inside the facilities and showing you some of the animals coming o
Posted May 21, 2013 – Dog by Dog is a documentary which aims to educate the public on the cruelties of puppy mills. Alliance Executive Director, Bob Baker, is featured in this trailer. Take a look! CLICK HERE>>
May 14, 2013 – It can cost $300 or more to adopt a rescue dog, but Maselli said the animals are checked out by a veterinarian, are spayed or neutered and have all their shots. “We don’t make anything. We just recoup our vet fees,” she said. READ MORE>>
May 14, 2013 – Some new research which looks at differences in the behavioral characteristics of dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores compared to those obtained from noncommercial breeders has produced some disturbing results. The research appears in the Journal of the Ameri
May 1, 2013 – The Office of Budget and Management recently posted the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The OMB is reporting that USDA is “requesting funding to enforce the Animal Welfare retail pet store rule, which closes a loophole of pets bein
April 11, 2013 – The St. Louis, Mo., woman, accused of being responsible for the near fatal dragging death of a pit bull mix puppy, was found guilty of misdemeanor animal abuse on Thursday. CLICK HERE to read full article.
Updated April 11, 2013 – Find out how your Missouri state legislators voted on pending animal welfare legislation. The Missouri Senate voted on an amendment to HJR 11 “to reject the attempt to deny ballot initiatives on animal welfare issues”. The amendment passed.
April 11, 2013 - SENATE REJECTS ATTEMPT TO DENY BALLOT INITIATIVES ON ANIMAL WELFAREYour Calls and Emails are Making a Difference In a stunning turn of events, the Missouri Senate fought back an attempt to take away the right of citizens to vote on animal welfare issues which was con
Posted April 8, 2013 – The Post-Dispatch editorial addresses HJR 11, the back-door repeal of Missouri’s puppy mill law, and its negative impact on future animal welfare issues. Please note, the editorial erroneously refers to the bill as HJR 17. The correct bill number i
March 4, 2013 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture recently confirmed to the Alliance that its proposed regulations to revise the definition of a “retail pet store” should be in place by year-end. The new definition would close a loophole that has threatened the hea
March 4, 2013 – Those that have read the recent New York Times expose of the American Kennel Club (AKC) will certainly not be surprised to learn that the AKC is opposing the PUPS Act as well as USDA’s new regulation on Internet puppy mills as the AKC historically opposes a
February 9, 2013 – Margaret and James Hamilton were a dog power couple, seemingly the perfect people for raising and selling purebreds. Margaret was a breeder and a dog show judge who owned prizewinning Chihuahuas. Some of her litters were registered with the American Kennel Clu
February 8, 2013 – Last week a federal judge in Austin, Texas denied a motion brought by angry dog breeders to block the state’s new puppy mill law, which will require licensing and inspections for certain breeders.“Texas is one of the top ten puppy mill states in the country
January 16, 2013 – Make no bones about it, this state loves its dogs — or at least loves to own them. The American Veterinary Medical Association has just released its Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Missouri is fourth in the nation in dog ownership, with 45.9 perc
January 11, 2013 – Animal lovers in Missouri not only are making a statement, they are making a difference. An ongoing grant program to enhance spaying and neutering of pets was promoted Tuesday by Missouri Director of Agricultural Jon Hagler during a visit to the Jefferson Cit
January 8, 2013 – Senator Kurt Schaefer (R), Columbia, and State Representative Noel Torpey (R), Independence, intend to introduce legislation which will exempt animal shelters and rescues from license fees. These charitable entities have been exempt from paying a license fee in
January 7, 2013 – The new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, which improves standards of care for dogs confined in puppy mills, is facing strong criticism from dog breeders. At a recent hearing before the Interim Commission of Agriculture Innovation and Economic Recovery, a represen
October 31, 2013 – The Los Angeles City Council voted NO to puppy mill cruelty. It did so by passing an ordinance prohibiting the sale of dogs in pet stores in the City of Los Angeles. The only exceptions are for dogs obtained from a municipal animal shelter, non-profit rescue
September 28, 2012 – People who abuse animals often go on to commit crimes against people, officials say, which is why the police department is dedicating an officer to investigate animal abuse cases full time. READ MORE>>
September 11, 2012 – The OpSPOT Spay/Neuter Waggin’ will be at the America’s Central Port in Granite City on a monthly basis offering low-cost spay and neuter for pets. Dogs (up to 55 pounds) and cats can be spayed or neutered for $10.00. Appointments are required.
August 1, 2012 – Pigs, cows, and sheep are coming soon to your local pet store if you listen to some agricultural interests. Believe it or not, some farm groups are alleging that USDA’s plan to redefine the term “retail pet stores” could adversely affect farmers. The Animal Agri
August 16, 2012 – Peter Laufer, Professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon, raises a valid question about Missouri’s responsibility for the chimp that was bred and born in this state and later attacked and devastated its victim by ripping off her face and hands. While
August 3, 2012 – Abstract of study: First quantitative evidence reveals that puppy mills are injurious to the mental health and welfare of dogs. Canine commercial breeding establishments (CBEs) are kennel facilities where puppies are produced in large numbers for commercial sa
August 3, 2012 – Lambriar Kennels, one of the largest dog brokers in the country, blames the poor economy, increased rules and regulations, and animal welfare activists for closing its doors. Many puppies brokered through this facility over the years were purchased from Missour
July 19, 2012 – Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster recently pledged to close down abusive puppy mills. Koster stated, “I’m sick of hearing people refer to our state as the puppy mill capital of the nation. These mills are notorious for viciously abusing th
The Attorney General’s Office is committed to the protection of the health and welfare of dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in the state of Missouri. For too long, Missouri has suffered from a poor reputation as a haven for “puppy mills.” Our goal is to change that reputati
April 27, 2012 – Remember the puppy mill debate? Only last year, it raged. Everyone seemed angry. Voters had approved a tough set of dog-breeding regulations, called Prop B, to take effect in 2011. But breeders cried foul. They said Prop B went too far, that it would kill the st
March 20, 2012 – Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Agriculture has begun the permitting process for owners of large carnivores, such as lions, tigers and cheetahs. Under Missouri’s Large Carnivore Act owners must have a permit issued by the state agriculture depar
September 21, 2010 – Sherry Flad, an adoption counselor at the Humane Society of Missouri, carries a scared female boxer into the facility for examination. The animal was one of 116 dogs that were rescued from two commercial dog breeding facilities. (J.B. Forbes [email protected]