On November 2nd, Proposition B passed in Missouri in a 51.5% to 48.5% vote. Proposition B is a measure that would adopt new rules for dog-breeders, including instituting a cap on the number of dogs that can be used for breeding purposes, requiring resting periods between breeding, and requiring breeders to feed their animals daily and regularly.
Missouri has a reputation for being one of the top puppy producing states in the nation, resulting in many cases of abuse and neglect. According to the Humane Society of the United States, Missouri is home to an estimated 3,000 puppy mills breeding hundreds of thousands of puppies, far more than any other state in the country. So this is a huge win for the health and welfare of dogs in the state.
The “yes” vote achieved the following:
Amended Missouri law to require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles. The amendment further prohibits any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets. The amendment also creates a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations.
How this ties into pet insurance is simple – Puppy mills and the other unprofessional breeders use unethical breeding techniques that lead to many different health issues. These issues can show up very early in the pet’s life, early enough that they are present before a typcial 30-day pet insurance waiting period has ended, which can be even more heart-breaking to the owner. Ethical breeders breed healthy dogs that have healthy puppies, so genetic or environmental health issues early on are not much of an issue. (Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules, but I’m speaking generally.)
We are thrilled to see some standards brought to these unethical breeders. What are your thoughts on this proposition?
Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue.