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Stand-out and Stand-up Legislators

You can find out which legislators stood up for Missouri's animals by clicking on the image

American Kennel Club - Profitable Business on the Backs of Puppy Mills?

  • ​Did you know that the American Kennel Club (AKC) gives its registered breeders advance notification of AKC sponsored "inspections"? That's a shame - and a sham.
  • ​Did you know that the AKC consistently opposes all animal welfare legislation? That's hypocrisy.
  • Did you know that the AKC "dog shows" are subsidized by registration fees from puppy mills? That's terrible.

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.

You can catch up to what's going on with the AKC, Dog Shows and Puppy Mills, below:​​​​​​

Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation


How Much is That Doggy in the Window?

We love to celebrate our dogs - but there's no celebrating from where some of them come. The Alliance's Executive Director  discusses the ongoing fight against puppy mills with KTVO. To read about it, click on the image

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.

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

End of 2017 Legislative Session

It was often tense in Jefferson City throughout this very active season, but it finally came to a close. The Alliance fought hard to protect our animals. Read more about it by clicking on the image

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