Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Update-Senate Bill 113
The pressure has been applied and Governor Nixon has responded.
However, rather than vetoing SB 113, the governor claims to have brokered a deal between humane organizations and those who were behind the effort to modify and soften effects of any new regulations as approved by voters.
I haven't seen all the details, but it sounds as though breeders are still getting much of what they wanted. A few modifications regarding space and hands-on veterinary care have been returned to the original legislation. As a result of the changes, the bill must now go back to the legislature for approval.
This doesn't sound like much of a compromise to me. The message still seems very clear. Missouri will continue to be known as "The Puppy Mill State." Breeders will keep cranking out litter after litter of puppies while politicians beam with self-righteousness over correcting the allegedly misguided attempts of the public to demand real change.
Dogs are the losers in this political deal.
And so are Missouri voters.