13 October 2010

Tony La Russa adds his voice to the campaign to end puppy mill cruelty

In support of Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B (the committee supporting the states vote to stop puppy mill cruelty), Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and co-founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation, as well as Dr. Connie Medling, staff veterinarian for the Humane Society of Missouri have been featured on the second wave of media advertising.

Proposition B aims to change the law to require large scale dog breeders to provide each dog with enough food, clean water, housing and space; all necessary professional health care and regular exercise and rest between breeding cycles. It will also not allow any breeder to have more than 50 dogs used for the purpose of breeding for pet sales, and make "puppy mill cruelty" a misdemeanor crime.

"Thousands of dogs are crammed into small and filthy cages at these large scale puppy mills. No responsible pet owner would ever treat an animal like that. It's cruel, it's inhumane, and we need to change it," said  La Russa.

"I took an oath to protect animal welfare and relieve animal suffering," said Dr. Medling, who has treated dogs rescues from puppy mills. "That's why I support Proposition B, which will help stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common sense standards for the care of dogs."

The proposition is being supported by a wealth of Missouri's veterinarians and animal welfare organizations, businesses, elected officials, religious leaders as well as responsible dog breeders.

Watch the video below or visit YESonPropB's YouTube channel.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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