WSPA supports campaign to protect dogs in Missouri

Oct 21, 2010

October 2010

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) supports the “YES! on Prop. B” campaign, an initiative endorsed by a coalition of numerous individuals and organizations that urges Missouri citizens to vote “YES” on ballot proposition B (Prop. B) and protect dogs throughout the state. Prop. B, also known as the “Puppy Mill Initiative,” will appear on Missouri’s ballot on Nov. 2.

If passed, the measure would end the inhumane treatment and needless suffering of tens of thousands of dogs in Missouri’s 3,000 puppy mills, by establishing humane care standards and regulating inhumane, large-scale breeding facilities. Currently, dogs in Missouri’s puppy mills receive little to no medical care, live in filthy conditions without exercise and socialization, are confined to tiny wire cages their entire lives, are bred constantly and are inhumanely culled or abandoned once they can no longer be bred.

Specifically, the measure would do the following:

Provide basic, humane care to breeding dogs. Prop. B would require high-volume dog breeding facilities to provide sufficient food and clean water, proper veterinary care, regular exercise, and adequate rest between breeding cycles. It would also call for suitable housing that protects animals from extreme weather conditions and provides enough space for them to turn, stretch, lie down and fully extend their limbs.

Cap the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility. Prop. B would help ensure that large-scale commercial breeding operations do not prioritize profit over the dogs’ well-being by limiting the number of breeding dogs they house. This would also prevent facilities from becoming overcrowded and ensure that the individual needs of each animal can be sufficiently met.

Prevent inhumane culling of dogs. Due to years of constant breeding, the uteruses of many breeding dogs literally “prolapse” or fall out of place and protrude from their bodies, causing them extreme pain and suffering. When these animals can no longer be used for breeding, they no longer provide a profit and are often cruelly killed. Prop. B would only allow humane euthanasia to be performed by a licensed veterinarian and would ensure that sick and injured animals get the veterinary care they need.

We need your help to spread the word about Prop. B and urge Missouri citizens to vote “YES” on Prop. B on Nov. 2.
To learn more, visit YES! On Prop. B

Thank you for protecting dogs in Missouri!

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