Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Prop B passes: Missouri likes puppies after all

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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Missouri

voters showed some puppy love for Prop B.

​It

was an hour into the Proposition B watch party at the 75th

Street Brewery, and two dozen puppyphiles were

crammed

upstairs, carousing and eating veggie burgers. One woman with a plush dog pinned to her shirt flitted from table to table asking for Prop B

predictions.

If you correctly guessed the reported yes/no percentages on the hour, you won a

green squeaky

chew toy.

Proposition

B, known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, would pass hours

later by

only a small margin. But those at the party felt secure enough in a win

to

celebrate early.

The passing of Proposition B means huge headaches for big breeding corporations and the cat-lady equivalents for dogs. Breeders, who now won't be able to own more than 50 breeding dogs at a time, will have to swap cramped cages for more spacious ones where tiny

paws won't

get caught in wire floors. Dogs will have the right to medication that isn't expired,

food and water free of rodent feces, a facility without "trenches of dead puppies," and lodging that isn't inside of an overheated truck.

We wish we were making those violations up. Obviously for Missouri,

the puppy mill capital of the world, Prop B is a huge paw print forward.

Amy

Cox, who works for the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, has

been

trying to get legislation like Prop B passed

for 18 years -- so she knows the effects from tonight's victory won't be immediate.

"All

breeders will have a year to comply with the law," she said. "A lot will

shut

down and not comply, and agencies across the nation are prepared to take

in

dogs."

The

closing of puppy mills will leave some dogs homeless. "In some cases,

we'll see

dogs being killed, but we're prepared for that," Cox said. "Three years

from

now, we'll see a huge, huge difference in Missouri.

I think we'll look back and see that tonight, we made history."

Finally, Missouri dogs have had their day.

(For those of you who voted for Prop B, here is what you voted against: check out the scary undercover videos of Missouri's Hunte Corporation, the country's largest breeding facility.)

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