Are Proposition B Opponents Barking up Wrong Tree with Repeal?

Opponents of Proposition B in the legislature have already filed bills to repeal the measure.  Let there be no doubt about it, Proposition B is an intentionally vague, horrendously written piece of trash that was sold using emotions and little fact.  However, 51%+ did vote to enact it.  I believe the legislature’s real job is to fix the problems of Proposition B rather than flat out repeal it.  However, I suspect that outcome rests with how the reasonable proponents of Proposition B work with the opponents to fix those problems.

I would doubt that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will or should be invited to the table.  They designed the monstrosity that caused the problem.  They undoubtedly think you can fool Missourians more than you really can as demonstrated by the meteorite fall of the support for Proposition B! Once people realized that it really doesn’t do anything to prohibit what they think of as real “puppy mills,” they voted against it.

People came to realize that the true intention of the measure was to shut down legitimate businesses that were following the laws.  The “ah hah” moment for many was when they understood that true “puppy millers” were operating outside the law now.  It didn’t really take rocket scientists to figure out that there was nothing magic about Proposition B that would suddenly make these outlaws “see the light.”

HSUS and their hardcore supporters weren’t really targeting true puppy millers.  They want to see all dog breeders put out of business.  They continue to have a running gun battle demeaning those who see Proposition B for what it really was, a political ploy, not real policy.  On the other hand, it would be nice to keep them tied up fighting here in Missouri to spare others from their deceptions.

That is not to say that some of the supporters of Proposition B don’t have legitimate concerns about the well-being of the animals in question.  I am encouraged as I talk to some of these folks who understand that they need to work with those who would rather repeal the measure to find a middle ground.  A solution that actually protects, while creating the right balance for the legitimate businesses.

In the end, if the level-headed supporters of Proposition B work with the repeal proponents and stay disentangled with the radicals from HSUS, they can have a positive impact.

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4 Responses to “Are Proposition B Opponents Barking up Wrong Tree with Repeal?”

  1. ptbamdb says:

    Unfortunately there are no level-headed supporters of Prop B. Even though the radical animal rights activists know that the bill is faulty, they refuse any hint of change. The legislators must protect the legitimate dog breeders and make the drastic changes to Prop B needed to prevent the rampant loss of income/businesses, unemployment, loss of revenues, and major destruction of Missouri’s economy. Meanwhile, the illegal puppymills go unchecked and unaffected because there will be even less money to pursue them.

    • Carl Bearden says:

      I would disagree that there are no level headed supporters of Prop B as I have met some. The question will be, will their voices be the ones heard or will it be those of the radical animal rights activists. If it is the latter, then it is more likely Prop B gets repealed than not and rightfully so.

  2. Frank says:

    Wake up people
    This Prop B is so much trash and filled with lies.
    Dogs and all animals are already protected from all cruelty that this phony prop portrays.

    People who voted for this are probably those who voted for obama (barry soetoro) who is not legal to even campaign for president. Read the Constitution. He has a Kenya born father. He also was not born in the U S

    • Carl Bearden says:

      I’ve met a lot of solid folks who definitely didn’t vote for Obama who supported Prop B. I don’t agree with all their issues and didn’t agree that Prop B should be passed but there are some sincere folks out there who supported Prop B. The legislature should definitely address some horrendous and unsupportable if not unconstitutional provisions of the law.

      Prop B plummeted from a 70%+ support to almost failing. IMHO – The only reason it passed was that most people voted for it based on emotions and the false assertion that it would end so-called puppy mills. If left unchanged, it will mainly be illegal puppy mills remaining in operation not the legitimate businesses that are here today.