Responses coming in on Missouri’s Prop B result

The Kansas City Star ran a story late Tuesday night about the positive vote on Proposition B in Missouri – the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.

The comments, as always, offer some interesting reading.

I keep reading one really off-the-wall point of argument (among many) coming from some opposed to Prop B. They suggest because the dogs will be offered access to the outdoors, mother dogs will be giving birth in subfreezing conditions, as opposed to the warmer, interior portion of their enclosures.

A) – Good breeders will not allow this to happen and will be prepared for the birth of the puppies under their care.

and B) – What do they think wolves do in the wild when giving birth? They are den animals.

This puppies-being-born-in-the-cold argument was just silly-speak and was put out in a desperate effort to sway voters. But most Missouri voters didn’t fall for it, thankfully.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Well, a majority of intelligent voters didn’t fall for it.

    Prop B opponents chose to prey on the fear and ignorance of rural Missourians rather than appeal to their intelligence. They were nearly successful.

    Many of the rural voters who opposed protecting puppies did so because they were persuaded that the Humane Society of the US is an insane horde of rampaging vegans out to destroy agriculture and the American way of life. Prop B, naturally, is the “first step towards outlawing animal agriculture”, they claim, without explaining how a law covering puppies will somehow magically transform into a totalitarian ban on all animal ownership.

    It’s sad that an idea as benign and beneficial as protecting puppies from cruelty should be labeled a sinister plot, or that an organization that achieves so many positive goals should be labeled as “extremist” or “radical”.

    Like so many other animal protection laws before it, Prop B is proof that protecting animals from cruelty is NOT an extreme or radical concept. It’s very much in the mainstream.

    Hopefully in five years, rural Missourians will look around, realize that nobody has come to take their livestock, and that meat is still readily available at the local market, and they will understand just how foolish the scaremongering and hysteria surrounding Prop B was.


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