Cesar Millan Shines Spotlight on Missouri Puppy Mills
As part of NatGeo Wild's new Cesar Millan series "Dog Nation", Alliance executive director Bob Baker spent an afternoon with the famed Dog Whisperer and his son Andre while they were in St. Louis this past October. Word of the Alliance's accomplishments in closing down 1,200 puppy mills had reached Cesar Millan, who was prompted to include en entire episode on Missouri puppy mills for his new television series. The St. Louis episode aired on March 24, 2017 but you can catch it on NatGeo Wild on any of the below listed channels in Missouri. The Alliance is confident that Cesar and Andre's new show will help raise even greater awareness of the plight of dogs and puppy mills.
For more information and to read about Bob Baker's interview on the Dog Nation Blog, visit Dog Nation. You can also check out Nat Geo Wild.
President of MPBA Fined $6K for Violations of the Animal Welfare Act
This past March of 2017, the Missouri Pet Breeders Association (MPBA) which serves as the trade association and lobbying arm for the commercial dog breeding industry in Missouri, elected a new president: Kevin Beauchamp, operator of Beauchamp's Puppy World.
One month later, in April, Mr. Beauchamp was issued a cease and desist order, license suspension and fined $6,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for chronic violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
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The Problem With Puppy Mills
Hundreds of "breeders" have gone out of business thanks to changes in the laws governing commercial breeders - some 1,200 puppy mills, in fact. The Alliance helped broker the new law in 2011 (a compromise after the Legislature rejected Prop B) which is known as the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. The Canine Cruelty Prevention Act dramatically improved standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities and enhanced enforcement efforts by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Attorney General's Office. However, some problematic puppy mills continue to exist. For more info, click on image
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USDA Wants To Keep the Public in the Dark About Animal Abuse
We have achieved monumental progress for the animals over the past 27 years, especially towards ending puppy mill cruelty in Missouri. With the results of this past election, the work of the Alliance is needed now, more than ever, to protect animals in Missouri. In February 2017, the USDA announced it will no longer post inspection reports online for public viewing. This presents a serious obstacle to our efforts against puppy mills. For more info, click on image
USDA to Finally End Horse Soring
Soring is an inhumane practice whereby chemicals or caustic blistering agents are applied to the horse’s front legs or hooves. These painful substances cause excruciating pain to the horse and in response to such pain; the horse produces an exaggerated, unnatural high-stepping gait. While such a gait appears pleasing to show judges and uninformed spectators, it is a very agonizing experience for the horse.
In January of 2017, the USDA announced a final rule including changes to protect horses from the cruel practice of soring. These reform measures were long overdue, having been blocked for many years by Dr. Chester Gipson of the USDA, who was in charge of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and the federal Animal Welfare Act. The Alliance helped to bring about the removal of Gipson after which these reforms were possible.
Unfortunately, federal agencies have been advised to stop issuing regulations. Any recent rules not yet published have been temporarily suspended and are now subject to review by the new Administration. For more info, click on image
American Kennel Club - Profitable Business on the Backs of Puppy Mills?
Alliance Executive Director Bob Baker has called out the American Kennel Club on more than one occasion. But until the public is better informed about how the AKC's marketing efforts are aimed squarely for profit at the expense of our canine companions, business will continue as usual. And a lucrative business it is.
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