Missouri Farmers Care, a new agriculture advocacy coalition, supports Governor Nixon's proposal to amend the state budget and include $1.1 million aimed at increasing oversight of dog breeding operations in Missouri. The governor's proposal is a strong endorsement of Senate Bill 113, enhancing dog facility regulation enforcement.
"Governor Nixon is sending the right message by focusing on enforcement," said Dr. Alan Wessler, a Missouri veterinarian and member of Missouri Farmers Care. "Proposition B did nothing to improve the enforcement of dog-breeding regulations. SB 113 is vital, because without enforcement measures, regulations are meaningless." Much of the criticism aimed at Proposition B has focused on the initiative's failure to address the problem of non-licensed breeders.
"The real tragedy about Proposition B is that the initiative failed to actually address the real threat to the health and safety of Missouri's dogs and puppies," Dr. Wessler noted, "Without SB 113, the governor's proposal will be worthless, because we will lose the increased enforcement authority provided to the attorney general, along with the increased standards of care for dogs."
Members of Missouri Farmers Care include: Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, MFA Incorporated, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Inc., Missouri Dairy Association, MO Federation of Animal Owners, Missouri Egg Council, Inc., Missouri Agribusiness Association, FCS Financial, Missouri Dairy Growth Council, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, Cargill, Missouri Rural Electric Cooperatives, and Missouri Pet Breeders.
To learn more about this issue, or to contact Missouri Farmers Care, please visit www.MoFarmersCare.com.