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Missouri Committee to Consider Constitutional Rights for Animal Owners on 2/15

(Monday, February 14, 2011)

The Missouri House Rural Development Committee is expected to consider a resolution on Tuesday, February 15, that would protect animal owners from undue economic burdens and regulations. If passed by the General Assembly, it would appear on the November 2012 ballot.

All Missouri dog owners and breeders are encouraged to contact the committee and ask them to support House Joint Resolution 17.

Summary:

House Joint Resolution 17 would place language in the Missouri State Constitution stating, in part, that citizens have a right “to raise animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners.”

It further requires, among other provisions, that any laws governing the welfare of any animal must be based on “generally accepted scientific principles” and enacted by either the General Assembly or a state department or agency.

The AKC strongly supports this bill, which would protect the health and welfare of animals, as well as the rights of those who own and raise them in a responsible manner.

How You Can Help:

  • Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, February 15, and express your support for HJR 17. The hearing details are as follows:

    House Rural Development Committee
    Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
    Time: 8:00 a.m.
    Location: Missouri State Capitol
    House Hearing Room 7

  • Contact the members of the House Rural Development Committee and ask them to support HJR 17. Click here for the committee's web page, with a list of the members. Click on the individual names to view their contact information.

For more information, contact the AKC's Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.