02 November 2010

MUTTS cartoonist urges Missourians to vote yes on Prop B


Today is Election Day, and one of the most important propositions on the ballot in Missouri will not be voted for by the constituents it affects the most. Why not? Because they are dogs.

A vote in favor of Proposition B would stop abuses at large-scale puppy mills, the dog-version of factory farms in which the animals are kept in small, filthy cages piled high without adequate food, water, warmth, exercise, human affection, or veterinary care.

The proposition would amend Missouri law to require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog with sufficient food, clean water, housing, necessary veterinary care, regular exercise, and adequate rest between breeding cycles. The measure would also prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets and create a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations.

Proposition B is supported by Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics from across the state, as well as a number of animal welfare organizations, notably the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The proposition also has an ally in cartoonist Patrick McDonnell, who has featured a dog rescued from a Missouri puppy mill in a weeklong series of MUTTS™ cartoon strips, urging readers to take action to save puppy mill dogs. MUTTS is featured in more than 700 newspapers across the country, including several in Missouri.

“Missouri is famously known as the ‘Show-Me’ state,” said McDonnell. “By voting YES! on Prop B, and encouraging their friends and family to do the same, my Missouri readers can show the world that the way we treat our animals matters. This expression of kindness will go a long way to making the cruel puppy mill industry a thing of the past.”

“Patrick McDonnell has delighted millions of readers worldwide with the simple messages of common-sense wisdom, compassion and understanding that Earl and Mooch share with each other and with the other characters that inhabit the world of MUTTS,” said Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/ YES! on Prop B. “[We are] delighted that McDonnell is reminding his Missouri audience that they can show that same kind of compassion through the ballot box.”

Since the strip’s launch in 1994, McDonnell has devoted several MUTTS strips each year to animal welfare issues, especially the adoption of pets from animal shelters. An avid advocate for all animals, McDonnell also serves as a board member of The Humane Society of the United States and in his strip has addressed the issues of seal slaughter in Canada, whale hunting, and saving endangered tigers.

To see one of McDonnell’s strips on Proposition B, click here.



Jaya Bhumitra | Facebook
Jaya has eight years of experience in public affairs and communications, and degrees in business and psychology. She is a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator with Compassion Over Killing in L.A. and an avid runner.

Photo credit: Patrick McDonnell / HSUS

14 comments:

  1. Honesty in MO11/2/10, 7:07 PM

    I am trying to figure out where the information that most Vets across the state of Missouri support Proposition B. The fact is..most DO NOT! This is why they had to find a Vet from Texas who would be in thier ads. This Bill is very misleading to most and make it sound like it is trying to shut down Puppy Mills. The fact is, the only ones who will be affected by this if it passes are licensed, regulated and legitimate breeders who do care about thier animals. Puppy Mills never followed the laws and guidelines that have been in place for a very long time...they will not start now. There is nothing in this bill to put additional manpower or funding into finding and shutting down the actual Puppy Mills...but is only designed to shut down legitimate breeders who are already inspected, licensed and following the guidelines of our State and also the US. These laws are already in place and for the general public to think they are shutting down puppy mills and helping to avoid animal cruelty...think again. Shutting down honest, caring breeders is NOT the answer.

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  2. It is sad to think that laws actually have to be made to ensure that people treat these sweet animals with dignity. Are humans that cruel that they have to be forced to feed a dog properly, allow the dog to get exercise, and give the dog veterinary care when it's hurt? Sadly, the answer is yes :( And if it wasn't bad enough that dog breeders treat these poor dogs so horrendously, some people could care less, because they want their purebred dog to have brown spots on its fur and short legs. So sad.

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  3. Glad it failed

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  4. so who's willing to take in the 7000+ dogs?

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  5. This is awesome. Thank you!

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  6. Thank you for caring about dogs and being their voice.

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  7. @Honesty in MO -- Just because puppy mill owners have not been regulated previously does not mean that they shouldn't be now. It's always a good time to try to curb cruelty.

    Also, there is no such thing as a breeder who cares about animals. It's a contradiction. People who care about animals adopt the millions of animals getting euthanized in shelters each year. They don't compound the problem.

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  9. @Honesty in Mo, Rather than telling people who does and does not support Prop B would you, in specific language from the bill, show me what provision(s) in Prop. B you find objectionable? I see many people railing against it, but no of them point out what it is about the bill that they find themselves opposed to.

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  10. Stating that "Proposition B is supported by Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics from across the state" doesn't make it the truth. You may want to actually check the stance of MVMA before printing their views.

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  11. LOL good one, just saw the photo credit HSUS. Now there is an organization that truly pulls the wool over the eyes of it's supporters.

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  12. http://www.mvma.us/puppies direct evidence your "opinion" of veterinary support is false.

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  13. @Honesty in MO -- I agree with JBhumitra.. who's to say that one inspection is enough? Would one inspection at a restaurant be enough for you? I doubt it. Just because breeders pass inspection once, doesn't mean they shouldn't be checked up on every once & a while. This is about making sure these dogs are getting the proper care they deserve. Period. You say that they'd shut down breeders that are "licensed and following the guidelines of our State and also the US" but if that's the case.. they shouldn't have any reason to be concerned. This bill isn't going to hurt anyone except the terrible people causing harm to innocent puppies.

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  14. Legacy Small Dog/Sr. Small dog Rescue11/3/10, 2:00 AM

    There are responsible breeders...they spend much $$ on testing heart, thryoid, eyes, hips ect. As a rescue person, I hate to see more dogs produced but would also would hate to see "breeds" go by the wayside...they are our history, companions & fellow workers. There are many who just enjoy their dogs & feel they are "family". Let's target our focus on the breeding only for profit, those who feel these dogs are things not living beings. So happy to see the passage of Prop B

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