A group in Missouri had filed a motion to have a November ballot measure reworded, to remove the phrase “puppy mill.” But Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem rightfully upheld the original wording Friday.
The opponents of the bill who don’t like the use of the term “puppy mill” are suggesting it slams all breeders. This suggestion by the groups and individuals opposing the bill is actually the affront to the nation’s quality breeders. This bill and others like it are worded to set standards on the care and feeding of dogs housed in breeding facilities. Good breeders meet or exceed the minimum standards in the bill and thus will not be impacted by it.
Had the judge ruled on the other side of the table, opponents of the bill were going to try to use the ruling to stop the measure from appearing on the November ballot at all – as reported in an Association Press story posted on the Kansas City Star website. This would have denied the voters of Missouri their opportunity to vote.
This following sentence pulled from the story shows the lack of logic used by the opponents of better regulation on puppy mills –
“” Opponents contend the proposed rules would affect licensed dog breeders who already follow the rules and make it more expensive for people to buy dogs as pets. “”