Missouri Farmers Care, the state’s leading coalition of agriculture advocates, is applauding Governor Nixon and the General Assembly for their bi-partisan efforts to fix Proposition B. Just hours after Governor Nixon signed SB 113 last week, a bill which provides much needed repairs for the dog breeding regulations, the legislature took up and passed Governor Nixon’s “Missouri Solution” proposal in SB 161. Together, the two bills will strengthen enforcement of animal cruelty laws in Missouri, enhance animal treatment standards at rescue shelters and protect farmers and ranchers from radical animal rights extremists.
“The voters of Missouri should be very proud of their government for working together to find a solution that will uphold the will of the people and protect the future of our state,” said Don Nikodim, Chair of Missouri Farmers Care. “Together, Senate Bill 113 and Senate Bill 161 will ensure that voters get what they demanded. Dogs and puppies are protected from abuse and neglect. And our farm families will be protected from efforts to sabotage animal agriculture by radical animal rights groups like PETA and HSUS.”
Governor Jay Nixon brought together a varied coalition of agriculture advocates, dog breeders and animal welfare experts to craft his Missouri Solution. Groups like the Missouri Humane Society, Missouri Alliance For Animal Legislation and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association joined Missouri Farmers Care in backing SB 161.
“This was truly an unprecedented joint effort by everyone involved,” Nikodim said. “But it would never have been possible without the efforts of leaders like Governor Nixon, Senator Mike Parson, Representative Tom Loehner, House Speaker Steve Tilley and Senate Pro Tem Rob Mayer. I want to make sure they know just how much Missouri’s farm families appreciate their hard work to protect our way of life.”
Despite the support of animal welfare experts and advocates in Missouri, national animal rights groups like HSUS, the activist organization that bank-rolled Proposition B, have refused to join the bi-partisan agreement.
“It’s no surprise that HSUS refuses to work towards a reasonable solution on this issue,” concluded Nikodim. “For them, this was never about actually protecting dogs and puppies. HSUS designed Prop B as a Trojan horse to deceive Missouri voters and attack our farm families. Thanks to Governor Nixon and the legislature, we have revealed the HSUS scheme and dealt their agenda a serious set-back. HSUS won’t fool us ever again.”