Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
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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.
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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.
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.
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