Laws for Paws e-Newsletter
APRIL 2020
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE TO RETURN TO CAPITOL
After taking several weeks off due to COVID-19, the Missouri Legislature plans to reconvene on Monday, April 27. It is still undecided what the Legislature will focus on when they return to the Capitol. It is rumored that the House and Senate will only work to pass a budget and possibly a few priority bills.

The Alliance will be closely monitoring the Legislature to ensure that the animals are fully protected in the 2020 session. We are most concerned about HB 1752 which would prohibit municipalities and counties from banning cruel animal events and from enforcing local animal protection laws. This legislation has already passed the House of Representatives. HB 1752

Equally disturbing is HB 2111. This legislation would allow abused and neglected animals to remain in the hands of their abusers until a criminal trial. This bill was “perfected” and is awaiting a final vote on the floor of the House. HB 2111

We will keep you advised if and when your help is needed in contacting your state senators on these harmful pieces of legislation. While we wait out the session, please take all needed precautions and stay well.
Animals in Perpetual Quarantine
Missourians are heading into our third week of state ordered confinement as we shelter-in during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are going stir-crazy, trapped within the confines of our homes, some alone, just as many with family. Either way, we feel trapped; this feeling is anathema to us. We grab every opportunity available to peek out from our domestic prisons, emerging to take walks, breathe in fresh air, feel the sun on our faces, enjoy an early morning jog…all these things we take for granted because we know that all too soon we must return to our quarantine.

And wait. 
For most of us, the knowledge that this is but a small sacrifice for the greater good, is what sustains us. And it is after all, temporary.
But for the puppy mill dogs it is permanent shelter in place.
And one can't help but think of all the dogs trapped within the confines of metal cages; the poor animals who never really get to feel the grass beneath their feet - not even the warmth of human touch. These puppy mill dogs are sentenced to an entire lifetime of quarantine by the people who breed them often callously for profit, reducing these creatures to commodities. Our quarantine, no doubt, helps us understand a little bit better how they must feel, day in, day out...trapped. 

Long after our COVID-19 quarantine is lifted and we are able to move about freely, these dogs will still remain trapped in their prisons, sentenced to a seemingly endless cycle of breeding for profit. We must work together to educate our friends and family to never buy a dog from a pet store, or over the Internet, or from a breeder whose kennel and breeding dogs are not fully visually vetted. And we must take every opportunity available to educate our public officials of the need for better standards of care and effective enforcement of current laws and regulations in order to make life more humane for dogs who are under permanent quarantine in puppy mills. 
We will post upcoming event information on our website as
more information becomes available.
Stay safe and well!
HELPING ANIMALS!

If you find yourself in a situation where you question the treatment of an animal, or the conditions, or maybe you're wondering about helping wildlife or assisting in a rescue, or you have witnessed something that needs to be reported - go to our website because chances are you will find a number and/or a link that can help address it.

A Great Way to Support the Alliance
With so many people shopping online these days, you can now support the Alliance each time you make a purchase on Amazon. Click here or on the icon. Once you've identified "Missouri Alliance for Animals" as your charitable organization of choice, a portion of your purchase will be donated by Amazon to the Alliance each time you shop on Amazon! What a great way to contribute!
Schnucks eScrip Card

Another great way to support
the Alliance!
Did you know that every time you shop at Schnucks, they'll donate a percentage of your purchase to the Alliance? It's an awesome way to support the Alliance's mission and it doesn't cost you a thing! We'll even register your eScrip card for you so you don't have to!

Simply email us at admin@maal.org with "Schnucks eScrip" in the Subject line, no message required - and we'll send your registered Schnucks eScrip card to you within 7 days.

Once you receive it, you can start using it (we've already registered it for you!) - put it on your key fob to remind the cashier to scan it at check-out!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!