The plot thickens in Missouri, where a State House representative has ties to a dog-breeding business

This story is very interesting and is representative of how far our political landscape has degraded.

The St Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting Rep. Jason Smith – the majority whip in the Missouri House – is leading the attack against the anti-puppy mill measure Proposition B, which was approved by the state’s voters in November.

Smith has been arguing against Prop B in the House Agriculture Committee – and f0r major changes to it. Trouble is, he is not a member of the committee. But since he is the Majority Whip, he can participate as an “ex officio member.”

Why is he pushing his way into the committee discussion? And why is this so important to him? Well – it seems his mother, as reported by KRCG-TV, is a dog breeder. And on top of that, the article notes her kennel was cited as one of state’s worst puppy mills last year by the Humane Society of the United States.

And on top of that, according to the HSUS, the kennel has received repeated USDA violations, over more than a decade.

This screams of conflict of interests. How can the legislature allow this? I hope the House won’t allow it.

On the side supporting Prop B we have some very compassionate people who want to promote the humane treatment of animals. On the other side, we see this clear example of putting self-interests ahead of everything, even the will of the people.

So for his efforts at putting the family “business” ahead of animal welfare and ahead of the will of the people of his state, Smith gets the latest Pack of Putrid Punditry Award.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of those outside of MO. Smith is an abomination.

    Reply

    • Posted by Tom Grady on February 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Ahaa – “The Abomination Snow Man.”
      I hope this story spreads far and wide – inside and outside of Missouri.
      This is what the animal welfare movement is up against. I believe a great majority of people are animal lovers, but the propaganda from a few entities and from politicians like Smith is still tough to counter.

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  2. Posted by Christine Snyder on February 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I’m not surprised. Low life politicians! Missouri, keep the rest of the country posted on this.

    Reply

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