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Bob Barker Urges Missouri Voters to Back the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act

Posted: 29 October 2010. Updated: 29 October 2010

Animal Defenders International pledges to help pass Proposition B

LOS ANGELES – Oct. 28, 2010 – Every year countless dogs are bred for sale in factory farm conditions on what are known as puppy mills. These poor animals often live in small cages in absolute squalor, with females repeatedly made to produce litters. Joining Bob Barker’s call to action on Election Day to back Proposition B, Missouri’s Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, Animal Defenders International (ADI) pledges support to help pass Proposition B, which will help prevent animal suffering by increasing protection for dogs in the state’s nearly 3,000 puppy mills.

Former TV presenter Bob Barker, an alumnus of Drury University, Missouri, is urging voters to support Proposition B and to end the suffering: “As a former resident of the Show Me State, I am asking you to show the entire nation that Missouri voters will no longer accept the dubious distinction of being known as the “puppy mill capital of the country.”

“Voting YES! on Prop B means that you want dogs to be treated humanely. A YES! vote on Prop B will outlaw cruel stacked wire cages where dogs are crammed together their entire lives. Dogs warehoused in unsanitary, stacked wire cages never touch the grass; they never run and play like your dogs; they never breathe clean air. Prop B would require large-scale dog breeders to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, improved housing and space, necessary veterinary care, regular exercise and rest between breeding cycles.

“Join me and dog lovers all over the state of Missouri. Vote YES! on Prop B. And as a reminder: help control the pet population; have your pet spayed or neutered! Thank you, Missouri voters!”

Animal Defenders International Vice President Tim Phillips said, “With approximately 3,000 commercial breeding operations throughout the state, which supply puppies for about 40 percent of U.S. pet stores, Missourians casting a yes vote have an opportunity to stop the misery and cruelty and save the lives of thousands of animals.

“It is ironic that it is people who want to share their lives with a dog and who will generally adore that animal for life, that are fueling this vile trade. It is exactly the same people who have an opportunity on November 2nd to vote to end the suffering.”

Specifically, the measure will require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each breeding dog under their care with the basics of humane animal care including:

  • Sufficient food and clean water;
  • Necessary veterinary care;
  • Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements;
  • Sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend their limbs;
  • Regular exercise; and
  • Adequate rest between breeding cycles.

On a Federal level, The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act, also known as the PUPS act, aims to close a loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act currently exploited by dog breeders who sell puppies directly to consumers. It would require any breeder who wishes to sell more than 50 dogs annually directly to the public – for instance, over the internet – to be licensed and inspected. Currently, only breeders who sell their dogs to commercial pet stores or brokers are required to be licensed under the Animal Welfare Act.

ADI urges people in Missouri to get in touch with Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B

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Animal Defenders International (ADI)

With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogotá, Animal Defenders International (ADI) is a major international campaigning group, lobbying to protect animals on issues such as animals in entertainment and their use in experiments; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarianism; factory farming; pollution and conservation. ADI involves itself in international animal rescues as well as educational work on animals, conservation and environment. Founded in 1990, ADI has become a major force for animal protection and has succeeded through its undercover investigations in securing legal protection for animals. ADI opposes violence or intimidation whether directed at humans or other animals.


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