Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

                 

Protect. Advocate. Legislate.

​ Amendment for Penalty Increase

If you've visited our Legislative Process page, you've got a basic idea of how legislation works in the state of Missouri. In addition to educating the public, hosting and participating in tabling events, sending out Action Alerts, tracking bills, monitoring enforcement, fundraising, and working on general animal welfare legislation, the Alliance has a team of lobbyists working in Jefferson City on behalf of animal welfare - but the process can be challenging and time-consuming. There are many, many bills that get introduced only to "die" in a committee. Others are introduced and make it to the Floor where they are filibustered, passed, or defeated. Some items get buried in an omnibus bill, which makes our work even more exacting.


The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation is wholly committed to introducing and/or supporting legislation that ADVANCES ANIMAL WELFARE and we are just as equally committed to opposing legislation if it does not, or if it weakens, existing laws. Learn about some of our victories for animals, here: 

 Pet Friendly License Plate

 Large Carnivore Act

Alliance Position:  SUPPORTED                     

Result:  PASSED


The Alliance helped establish a Missouri pet-friendly license plate in which the proceeds are used by the Missouri State Humane Association for spaying and neutering dogs and cats when adopted from statewide animal shelters and animal control facilities. (2002)

​ Proposition A: Cockfighting, Bear Baiting & Other

 Canine Cruelty Prevention Act

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED                

Result: PASSED 


Prior to the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, the standards for care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities were largely unregulated. The Alliance played a critical role in the passage of the Canine Cruelty Act, which dramatically improved standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities, and enhanced enforcement efforts by the Department of Agriculture and Attorney General's Office -which led to the closure of over 1,200 puppy mills in Missouri. According to statistics from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, there are now 50,000 fewer breeding dogs confined to a lifetime of misery in a puppy mill, and over 300,000 fewer puppies being churned out every year in Missouri mills. (2011)

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED              

Result:  PASSED


The Alliance lobbied to increase the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony, for certain animal abuse violations. The result was an amendment to the existing law, supporting this. (1995)

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED                 ​

Result: OFFICIALS REMOVED


Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Alliance, two individuals in the USDA were ousted in 2016: Dr. Chester Gipson, former Deputy Administrator for Animal Care under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Julian Prager, Dr. Gipson's hired "Canine Advisor". The removal of both these individuals dramatically increased enforcement efforts of both the federal Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act by USDA. (2016)

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED              

Result:  PASSED


The Alliance played a leading role in a successful ballot initiative campaign for the passage of Proposition A which banned cockfighting, bear baiting and other fighting/baiting ventures in Missouri. This legislation also provided for the enactment of felony penalties for dog fighting. (1998)

 Enforcement of Federal Animal Welfare Laws

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED                      

Result:  PASSED


Through its lobbying efforts, the Alliance helped establish the Large Carnivore Act which requires the humane treatment of large cats such as lions and tigers, and even bears. It also provides protection for the public and creates a comprehensive set of standards for owning large carnivores. This legislation was in response to Missouri's status as home to the largest auction of exotic animals in the country. (2010)

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED                

Result:  PASSED


The Alliance played a leading role in the passage of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA), which requires the licensing, inspection and promulgation of standards of care for dogs and cats housed in commercial pet breeding facilities, pet stores, kennels, and animal shelters. (1992)

​ Provisions and Definitions Strengthened

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED                  

Result:  PASSED


The Alliance supported passage of a law that makes it a felony to kill police or search-and-rescue dogs. (1999)

Legislative Victories

 Felony to Kill Police, Search & Rescue K9s

Alliance Position:  SUPPORTED               

Result:  PASSED


The Alliance lobbied to amend animal abuse laws to include ALL animals, not just mammals. This restored protection to chickens and other birds that were previously excluded from the statutes protecting animals. (2001)

 Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA)

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED              

Result:  PASSED


The Alliance lobbied to strengthen provisions and definitions within existing laws in reference to animal neglect and suffering. (1997)

 Animal Abuse Laws Amended/Inclusive