Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 267, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be 2 known as section 267.169, to read as follows:
267.169. 1. No pre mise s re gistration data, animal ide ntification data,
2 environmental data, or animal tracking data collected by any state agency from
3 participants under the federal Animal Disease Traceability Program, nor any data
4 collected for the purpose of animal health or environmental protection shall be subject to
5 disclosure under the Missouri sunshine law in chapter 610.
6 2. Any unauthorized release of information under subsection 1 of this section with
7 regard to a particular entity or person regardless of the type or quantity of information
8 released shall be a violation of this section. Any entity or person alleging a violation of this
9 section may bring a civil action against a state agency in a court of competent jurisdiction.
10 A court may order any appropriate relief including damages in an amount not to exceed
11 ten thousand dollars, payment of reasonable attorney's fees, costs, expenses, and any
12 injunctive relief the court deems necessary and proper.
|Missouri Legislative Alert!|
HB 79 would leave abused and neglected animals in the hands of their abusers; HB479 eliminates the ability to monitor animal welfare issues at dog breeding facilities
Abused animals need your help now!
House Bill 79 is yet another attempt to severely weaken Missouri’s anti-cruelty statutes. It would effectively eliminate disposition hearings for animals that have been abused and/or neglected.
Law enforcement in many rural counties would discourage impounding abused and neglected animals if they did not have access to a timely disposition process, especially if the county cannot afford to care for the animals on a long-term basis. This could possibly leave animals in the hands of their abusers until the case goes to trial and is resolved.
Missouri Senators need to hear from you!Tell them you do not want animals to remain with their abusers.
Tell them you want animal welfare issues at commercial dog breeding facilites to be monitored.
Protect helpless animals: Stop Missouri House Bill 79 and 479.
On behalf of the animals,
Humane Society of Missouri
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Hudson's original email to his senator
HB 79 has amended language that would severely weaken Missouri's anti-cruelty statutes and would effectively eliminate disposition hearings for animals that have been abused and/or neglected. HB 479 would eliminate the Sunshine Law on animal health and environmental issues.
As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to vote NO on HB 79 and HB 479.
Under HB 79, abused and neglected animals could be left in the hands of their abusers.
I support current Section 578.018 which allows state prosecutors to seek a disposition hearing for animals that have been cruelly treated and subsequently seized by law enforcement officials. I support the current statute which allows a judge to order such animals to be surrendered to a veterinarian, an animal control authority or animal shelter.
HB 479 would eliminate the ability to monitor animal welfare issues at commercial dog breeding facilities. Missourians have worked so hard to improve the standard of care for breeding dogs and stopping cruelty in Missouri's puppy mills: It is imperative that the ability to monitor animal welfare issues at commercial dog breeding facilities remains intact.
As your constituent, I ask you to please vigorously oppose HB 79 and any other legislation that seeks to modify Section 578.018. Please ensure animals will not remain in the control of those who have abused or neglected them.
As your constituent, I also urge you to oppose HB 479 and any other legislation that eliminates the ability to monitor animal welfare issues at commercial dog breeding facilities.