Target: Jay Nixon, Governor of Missouri
Goal: Applaud the increase in fines for those found guilty of running puppy mills
In the time after the state of Missouri passed a law that intended to finally crack down on the state’s puppy mills, the number of fines and prosecutions against those involved in running the puppy mill business have increased and resulted in the rescue of nearly 1,300 dogs. Before the passage of this state law, breeders were rarely prosecuted or fined for their violations and were only expected to attend time-consuming administrative hearings as punishment. Although Missouri has had the unfortunate reputation of being known as the puppy mill capital of America, it is gradually changing for the better as the implementation and effectiveness of this state law is finally making an impact on the world of puppy mills.
Dogs who have to live in puppy mills often suffer in unsanitary conditions and are susceptible to a variety of diseases and infections. Luckily, the state law passed by Missouri requires breeders to add more space to their operations, provide constant access to outdoor areas and improved regulations regarding food, water, and breeding. Breeders who violate the law could face up to $1,000 in fines per violation and the possibility of being charged with canine cruelty.
As awful as the conditions of puppy mills were in the past, Missouri has shown great progress in resolving puppy mill violations and changing it’s unfortunate reputation. This state law has been very effective in catching violators and giving them the proper punishment they deserve. Sign this petition and applaud the increase of fines for and prosecutions of puppy mill violations.
Dear Governor Jay Nixon,
I am happy to hear about the 1,300 dogs that have been saved as a result of one of the state of Missouri’s animal welfare laws. Since this law was passed, there has been an increase in fines and prosecutions against those involved in the puppy mill business who have violated the animal welfare law.
Before the law was passed, many dogs in puppy mills had to experience life in unsanitary conditions and were potentially exposed to a variety of diseases and infections. Breeders are now required to increase the space of their operations, provide constant access to outdoor areas, and improve regulations regarding food, water, and breeding.
This animal welfare law has had a positive impact on the state of Missouri and has allowed it to progress towards a better future in regard to puppy mills. I would like to thank you for everything you have done to make this possible.
[Your Name Here]
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