The Humane Society of the United States has helped push a proposal to appear on November ballots concerning puppy mills in Missouri. The proposal requires such necessities as sufficient food and clean water, necessary veterinary care, sufficient housing and space, regular exercise, and sufficient rest between breeding cycles. Any breeders not conforming to these requirements would face punishment by the proposed law.
Of course, like any good proposal, there is some debate on the topic. The Jasper County Farm Bureau believes that this bill goes too far for animal protection. Vice President of the Farm Bureau, Bradley Moll believes that the bill "hurts dogs more than it helps them."
The Carthage Humane Society, on the other hand, believes that this proposed law would just restate prior state regulations that currently go unenforced. Tish Bentlage, director of the Carthage Humane Society believes that "It’s a good initiative, it’s just trying to set forth standards."
Read more about the debate at CarthagePress.com