Missouri Senator dogs HSUS

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click image to zoomGeni Wren Missouri Farmers Care sent out an op-ed piece this week from Missouri state Sen. Michael Parson outlining anti-agriculture tactics of the Humane Society of the United States that have been modified or failed in Missouri.

Parson, a staunch advocate for agriculture, says, “We don't need out-of-state interests to guide our state laws.”

One of the issues Parson refers to specifically is Proposition B (the “puppy mill bill”) which passed in 2010 by 51.7% of the votes. Parson says Proposition B did not make any distinctions between good and bad producers and that many voters did not understand what they were voting for.  The law was recrafted, fixed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor.

"The Missouri Solution" created a new crime targeting unlicensed dog breeders, strengthened guidelines for producers and increased the number of inspections of licensed dog breeders in Missouri, while keeping the heart of the proposition intact, Parson says. “Simply put, the fix to Proposition B protects legitimate dog breeders, punishes the bad one, and protects farmers and ranchers.”

The second issue was the "Your Vote Counts" campaign (read more here) which Parson, a Republican representing the 28th District, says was HSUS's response to Proposition B.

“The campaign was another initiative petition drive aimed at making it more difficult for Missouri lawmakers to revamp or overturn laws created by voter-approved initiatives,” he says.

“If passed, this would have opened the door for millions of out-of-state dollars to be poured into Missouri and put dozens of special interest groups' initiative petitions on the ballots. Organizers of the "Your Vote Counts" campaign have recently suspended their efforts, meaning Missouri voters will most likely not have to vote on the question any time soon.”

These are great examples of the Missouri agriculture industry pulling together to protect its industry, and getting its leaders involved in the process. Kudos to the Missouri Farmers Care group what has been at the forefront of this pro-agriculture movement.

Read Parson's full opinion piece here. Find out more about Missouri Farmers Care here.

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Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  April, 04, 2012 at 01:03 PM

What a gaggle of dim-witted Neanderthal fools. My dogs are not livestock or agriculture or pawns in your twisted political agenda. One would surmise from all this idiocy that Missouri 'farmers' are looking for another revenue stream. Thugs. Stick to your swine and keep your nasty mitts off my pets.

Ruth Keezer    
Missouri  |  April, 04, 2012 at 03:53 PM

Terry Ward, Missouri would prefer that you keep your silly illogical comments in Pennsylvania. You have no call to slander our legislators. our laws, or our farmers. We happen to like our state the way it is (without the influence of HSUS/PETA/AR activists, you included). You can keep your little black dogs in PA, safe from MO laws, and keep your "nasty mitts" off our animal welfare.

St. Louis, MO  |  April, 04, 2012 at 11:11 PM

The "Missouri Solution" undermined the vote of the people and pretended to be "right". It was anything but "right". Parsons was one of the worst -- fawning all over big agribusiness while sneering at the folks on the street who pay taxes and pay his salary. I am disappointed that the Your Vote Count initiative has been pulled--especially I'm fairly sure after this next election, we'll see at least two other citizen initiatives tossed out the door by legislators who care more about contributions than about the people.

Ruth Keezer    
Missouri  |  April, 05, 2012 at 07:36 AM

Senator Parson was representing his constituency who voted solidly AGAINST Proposition B. 49 percent of informed Missourians realized that Prop B was HSUS’s cleverly disguised attempt to destroy the entire dog breeding industry and get a foot in the door to attack agriculture. If you don’t like YOUR legislator, quit whining and vote him/her out.

kansas  |  April, 05, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Yeah for Parsons and Terry Ward is a Troll. I.e. a professional slime-monger who slithers about the web spewing hate and slander to serve the "greater good". Trying to reason with professional useful idiots is a waste of time. Heaping scorn and ridicule is good, but just letting him expose himself as nasty, logic-free and mean-spirited hater also exposes what he and his supporters are actually made of. His screeching about his dogs is merely a means to an end and laughable.

Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  April, 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM


MISSOURI  |  April, 05, 2012 at 10:41 AM

@Terry Ward - If you truly want folks to keep their "nasty mitts off my pets" then you'd better stop supporting the H$U$ and PITA because they don't believe that a human has a right to OWN an animal....that includes doggies.

Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  April, 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM

Wha? Methinks you are off your meds.

OK  |  April, 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM

The HSUS's real goal is destroying America's animal agriculture industries and for those that aren't intelligent enough to figure it out that includes raising dogs to sell which is an animal agriculture industry. The founder of UN Agenda 21 Maurice Strong has openly called on the UN to "cause the collapse of America". He advocates using non-government organizations to implement the policies of UN Agenda 21 at the state and local level. Maurice Strong is a board member/advisor of the HSUS and the HSUS's role in Maurice Strong's goal and UN Agenda 21 is to attack, criminalize, drive up cost and regualtions and ultimately destroy all of America's animal agriculture industries and bring about their advisor's goal "to cause the collapse of America". HSUS supporters should really pull their heads out of Wayne Pacelle's butt and learn what this UN Agenda 21 supporting non-government organization's true agenda really is.


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