Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vote NO on Prop B

I heard a frightening statistic today. Currently, voters are sitting at a 70/30 mix on Prop B. That is 70 percent wish it to pass and only 30 percent wish it to fail. I am one of those 30 percent; in case the title of this blog wasn't obvious enough. That tells me that an overwhelming amount of people do not understand the consequences of Prop B, also known as "The Puppy Mill Bill." This bill is playing on peoples emotions while conveniently clouding over the facts.

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This proposition states it is for "domestic animals," livestock are domestic animals. The language is vague enough that if passed, all it would take is one little amendment to change "dogs" to "livestock" and good-bye animal ag in Missouri. This bill, if passed, will put licenced, legitimate breeders and farmers out of business and only leave unlicensed and substandard breeders that stay just under the radar in business. Tell me, how does that help animals? This proposition, if passed, will lessen the required care for animals compared to the current law and regulations. Tell me, how does that help animals? This proposition, if passed, will eventually put tens of thousands of people out of work and out of business; not to mention, the prices at the grocery store will sky rocket just as they are doing in California right now because of a similar proposition.

Prop B limits how many animals dog breeders can have which would limit their income. Is that fair or right? Is that even American? Would you stand for someone telling you that you are only allowed to earn $10,000 a year by law? Because if Prop B passes that is what will happen to legitimate dog breeders. Not all dog breeders are "puppy mills." This is a derogatory slang term that is in the same category as "factory farms." The term is used to conjure the mistreated animals you see on TV but those few that mistreat their animals are not the norm. In fact, we, as farmers and breeders, want those places to be put out of business. We want those people to suffer to the fullest extent of the law. We own large confinement barns that are classified as CAFOs but we do not run them like an assembly line. Nor do we mistreat our pigs like HSUS and other radical groups would lead you to believe. We are not a "factory farm," we are a family owned hog farm.

Those 70 percent of you that wish Prop B to pass, have you read it and compared it to the current law? If you haven't you should. Please, do your research before you step up to the voting box. Please, look at the facts instead of letting HSUS use your emotions against us all. Animals are already protected by state laws. Prop B is not about protecting puppies, it is about putting animal ag and breeders out of business.

For those of you that think that we should all be vegans and abolish animal ag, remember this is a free country. No one is forcing you to eat meat so do not force us to not eat meat. Also remember that over 500 products are made from pork alone. From plastics to make-up. Stay tuned for my Porky Products post on Tues., which is about pork byproducts and re-think where you stand on animal ag.

Prop B is only a stepping-stone toward a meat free society. Do the following quotes sound like something that would come from a person who loves and cares for animals?

“We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals.”-Wayne Pacelle, President, HSUS

“In fact, I don’t want to see another dog or cat born.”-Wayne Pacelle, President, HSUS

“Our goal is to get sport hunting in the same category as cock fighting and dog fighting. We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States.”-Wayne Pacelle, President, HSUS

If you love your pets, if you love to eat meat, if you hunt, or if you want to keep your constitutional rights
Vote NO on Prop B.
(click on "Animal Care Toolkit")

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