Under Governor Greitens’ Executive Order 17-03, every regulation in Missouri’s State Code will be under review between now and July 2018.
That includes regulations on how Missouri’s commercial dog breeders are licensed and inspected. The citizens of this state went to the ballot box in 2010 and voted in favor of stricter regulations on puppy mills. In 2011, the legislature decided to ignore the voice of the people and gut those statutes, leaving current commercial dog breeder standards in Missouri weaker than most citizens would like, though better than nothing.
It is crucial that commercial pet breeders, brokers and transporters continue to be inspected yearly and upon complaint, and that they are held to the existing standards. Each standard of care in current law is important and must be either retained or strengthened.
These standards are more than fair to regulated breeders, as many of them had extended phase-in periods. Weakening these standards is a huge step in the wrong direction, and a betrayal to our animals and citizens.
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Colleen Olson, Lees Summit