I woke Friday morning to a text from my brother. The text said:
Two letters to editor - 1 smart and one dumbass re: Prop B.
I smiled to myself knowing the "smart" letter to the editor was clearly someone FOR Prop B even though legislators are currently trying to overturn it in the Missouri House and Senate. And, the "dumbass" letter was clearly someone trying to say breeders would be shut down if a kernel of food was found in a water bowl. Or maybe, that Prop B would mean the government was slowly taking over everything and watch out!! cause next thing you know the government will tell farmers how many cows they can have and then after time the government will tell us what kind of shoes to wear when we go out to eat!
Not a chance. Although there are many animal welfare advocates out there who can't wait until commercial slaughterhouses are put out of business, this has nothing to do with telling Farmer Joe in Harrisonville, how many cows he can have. In fact, Prop B is 100% about puppies - no other animal. So, enough of that argument you anti-Prop B people!
In his letter to the editor on Friday, February 4, Austin Black of Deepwater Missouri, said "limiting breeders to 50 dogs is like limiting the cars a dealer can sell."
Really, Austin? You mean, except that breeders of course feed, water, exercise and vet all of their 50+ dogs. Daily feedings, and exercise and vet care whenever needed. That's what you meant to say. Because, 50 cars on a lot are very comparable to 50 breeding female dogs, a handful of male dogs and hundreds of puppies.
Fifty cars on a lot maybe need to be washed once in awhile? I don't know. I can't imagine the huge amounts of care and attention that would go into that.
Fifty breeding females... let's think about that. Most commercial breeders/puppy mills don't give a rats ass about their dogs - they see $$$ when they look at them. Fifty breeding females plus let's say, ten males (that is extremely conservative) and, because these greedy barabaric human beings only care about money they absolutely breed the females every heat cycle. The average litter may be around eight puppies. That's 8x4 puppies per bitch per year = 32 puppies per ONE breeding female every year. Multiply that by 50, that would be....damn, that's 1600 puppies a YEAR not including the 50+ breeding females and the males... and you think a backyard barbarian can feed, water, exercise, clean and VET all those dogs every year??
And you're comparing a breeder to a car lot. Wow.
Under Prop B's regulations, a commercial breeder would be limited to 1600 puppies a year. And we think that is too restrictive? I feel nauseus.