Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Missouri Animal Care
Question & Answer
Important Missouri Legislative Recap That All Of Us Watch That The HSUS & MAAL Work So Hard On......
2014 Legislative Recap
The Missouri General Assembly wrapped up its 2014 legislative session today at 6:00 pm. The following is a recap of the legislation we worked on this year and the final status of each bill. Because of your hard work we were able to stop several bills that would have moved Missouri backwards. Thank you to everyone who took part in this process by participating in Humane Lobby Day and taking action through our action alerts. We couldn’t do it without you!
HJR 55 & 59 and SJR 28- These overreaching and unnecessary bills are the “Right to Hunt” bills that would change our constitution to take power away from the Conservation Commission to regulate hunting and also prohibits ballot measures by the people of Missouri on wildlife and hunting issues. Final status: FAILED!
HB 1391- The “Right to Rodeo” bill is another unnecessary and overreaching piece of legislation that would protect rodeo practices, no matter how cruel and abusive. Final status: FAILED!
SB 727- A bill filed by Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal that would eliminate the state sales tax on goods sold at farmers markets. This bill promotes humane, sustainable farming, and helps create a level playing field for farmers who are good stewards of the land and animals. Final status: passed!
HB 1727- This bill would have prohibited the Department of Natural Resources from denying waste water permits based on the species of animal being processed. It was a pro-horse slaughter bill filed in direct response to DNR denying Rains Natural Meats a permit to slaughter horses last year. Final status: Though the sponsor of the bill attempted to amend this language on to several other bills, this bill FAILED!
HB 1728- This bill, filed by Representative Warren Love, would make it more difficult for county health boards to regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs, or factory farms). Final status: Love amended this language on to several bills but in the end, this bill FAILED!
HB 2094- This bill would have exempted government records that include information on animal health from Missouri’s Sunshine Law. This bill was a threat to public health, and also would have prevented the public from seeing inspection records on commercial dog breeding facilities. Final status: FAILED!
HB 2157- This bill made detrimental changes to Missouri’s animal cruelty laws and would have left animals in the hands of their abusers. Final status:FAILED!
SB 506- Senate Bill 506 was the only agriculture omnibus bill that passed in 2014. This bill has language that hurts family farmers, including a provision that makes it easier for our farmland to be sold to foreign corporations, and a provision that could implement a new tax on cattle. It also moves the classification of Missouri’s captive deer from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture, something both departments strongly opposed. This bill passed 26-0 in the Senate, and with 107 “yes” votes in the House. The bill will now go to Governor Nixon, and he has the ability to veto the bill. A veto override will take 109 votes in the House. It’s very disappointing that this bill passed, but we are pleased that we were able to remove HB 1727, HB 1728, and HB 2094 from the bill before it made its way through. Final status: passed.
- Find out where to report cruelty.
- When you know who to contact, provide a concise, written, factual statement of what you observed, giving dates and approximate times whenever possible.
- If at all feasible, try to photograph the abusive situation and date your pictures.
- It would also be helpful to get short, factual written statements from other witnesses.
- When you call to report animal cruelty, always make sure to keep a careful recordof exactly whom you contact, the date of the contacts and the content and outcome of your discussion.
- Never give away a document without making a copy for your file!
- Make it clear to the agent that you are very interested in pursuing the case, and that you are willing to lend whatever assistance you can.
- Follow up! If you don't receive a response from the officer assigned to your case within a reasonable length of time, don't be afraid to present your information to his or her supervisor and, if necessary, to local government officials, such as the county commissioner, and ask them to act.
- If you have witnessed the cruel act yourself, you can go to your local police commissioner and ask to swear out a warrant to summon the accused person to court.
- Remember that expert witnesses are sometimes necessary in animal cruelty cases. A veterinarian, for example, can sign a statement that it is his or her "expert opinion" that a dog suffers when hit with a chain, is deprived of food, etc. Expert opinions will very often make or break a case, so if you happen to know a sympathetic veterinarian, you may wish to seek his or her assistance and tell the officer that you have expert support lined up for your case.
Thank you for standing up for animals and reporting cruelty! To learn more, please visit the Reporting Cruelty FAQ.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
2014 HSUS List of 101 Problem Puppy Mills... Missouri 22 of Them !!! Believe me folks this is just scraping the surface
- These are the puppy mills that HSUS has identified as 2014 List of 101 Problem Puppy Mills in the UNITED STATES that are in Missouri. Please continue to read more post below and to read over carefully their violations reports and stories about them.
• Janelle Yates, Cloverleaf Kennel, Willow Springs, MO USDA # 43-A-5324
• Anna and Moses Zimmerman, Ana-Mos Kennel, Barnett, MO USDA # 43-A-5328
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
If A Dog Was The Teacher (and why they don't live as long as humans)
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker and were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.
I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker and offered to perform euthanasia for the beloved old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure as they felt that Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him.
Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why." Startled, we all turned to him.
What came out of his mouth stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.
He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them;
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride;
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy;
- Take naps;
- Stretch before rising;
- Run, romp, and play daily;
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you;
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do;
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass;
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree;
- When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body;
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk;
- Be loyal;
- Never pretend to be something you're not;
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it;
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good, so, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't - life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...
DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD…FEW PEOPLE GET THE PRIVILEGE.