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01 November 2010 @ 08:25 am
Missouri's Prop B  
A month or so back, I first heard about Proposition B in Missouri, a battery of new regulations upon dog breeders in the "Puppy Mill Capital" of the US. The players on the local news were debating it's pros and cons were laughable, as the woman arguing against it came off as bitter witch that would eat puppies, and the other a holier than thou hippie that was more concerned with her hair and clearly too wrapped up in the animal rights agenda to make a real case for the animals and consumer.

In a facility with sometimes hundreds of dogs breeding for profit, what sort of viable product can they possibly produce? Most have spent their lives in a cramped cage, a cog in a money churning wheel. Mentally and physically destroyed. And out of this wretched existence, they must give life to a child will be stable, loving and loyal, something their parents never knew or could teach them. As a result, puppies that go into the market are weak, diseased, traumatized or lacking in the knowledge of how to be a dog. Some die within weeks, causing the families that end up receiving them the grief of loss as well as a financial burden of veterinary cost and even legal action to recoup losses from the purchase of a sick puppy. It is a horrible situation all around, and the argument against this is that it would cause the breeders grief and hardship trying to meet code:
-50 breeding dogs
- Banning use of wire floor cages due to the damaging effect on a dog's feet.
- Banning stacking cages.
- Adequate food, clean water and shelter for dogs.
- Veterinary care for all animals
- Regular exercise
-  A respite between breeding cycles.

These are all unreasonable demands? From a business standpoint, it makes for a better product. To not only let the dogs live like dogs, but to let them live like dogs that are part of a family.
Missouri is one of those places where animals, for the most part, are perceived to be both status symbols and commodities. Hearing someone saying their dog had puppies and they don't want them is one thing, but to suggest they take them to the shelter rather than killing them gave me a look as if I was going against the norm. People simply get rid of the things you don't want the way they want to. Puppy Mills in Missouri reflect a lot of sentiment of how property is perceived here. New regulations are seen as an invasion of not only privacy, but of livelihood. The big cities and suburbs where the mindset is more progressive, will likely vote yes on the measure. Where i am however, will not sit idly by and agree to surrender property rights to government regulation. They enjoy the bitter tea, even if it stinks of blood.

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