The Missouri Legislature is back in session and numerous bills affecting animals have already been filed. While there have been several bills filed to advance the welfare of animals, there has also been legislation introduced that is intended to significantly weaken our existing animal welfare laws.
The most egregious of these bills are Senate Bill 816 and HB 2111. These bills seek to eliminate the disposition process for abused and neglected animals. Our current disposition process has been very successful in removing animals from cruel puppy mills and abusive situations. This has caused great angst among the Missouri Pet Breeders Association, the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and other agricultural trade groups.
Unfortunately, these associations of animal users represent the interests of the worst dog breeders, farmers, and ranchers in their respective industries. Instead of working to rid itself of the bad actors, the associations strive to protect the worst of the worst in animal production and seek to protect those that abuse and neglect their animals from the consequences of their actions.
We will need your support and assistance, once again, as we work to defeat these harmful bills. We will also be calling on you to support those bills aimed at increasing penalties for animal abuse and for protecting animals via domestic protection orders.
As issues arise where we need your help,
we will be sending out
asking you to contact your state legislators.
The Alliance, with your help, will continue to be a forceful voice on behalf of the animals and you can be assured that we will be aggressively fighting for the animals at our state Capitol.
We look forward to your support once again as we strive to make 2020 a Happy and Humane New Year for the Animals!