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Missouri Alert: Bill Limiting Legal Status of Animals to be Heard Monday (4/30)

(Friday, April 27, 2012)

AKC Government Relations has just learned that House Bill 1513 will be considered by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Monday, April 30.

This bill, already passed by the Missouri House of Representatives, would protect the rights of animal owners by prohibiting state laws from conferring “upon any animal a right, privilege or legal status that is equivalent or that exceeds a right, privilege or legal status” that the state confers upon humans.

The measure further states that this exclusion of rights for animals does not limit laws that protect the welfare of animals in Missouri.

Responsible dog owners and breeders in Missouri are encouraged to contact the members of this committee and attend the hearing to express your support for HB 1513. Scroll down for committee contact information.

Summary:

The text of House Bill 1513 is as follows:

The laws of this state shall not confer upon any animal a right, privilege, or legal status that is equivalent or that exceeds a right, privilege, or legal status as that which this state confers by law upon a human being. This provision shall not be construed as limiting laws that protect the welfare of animals in the state.

The AKC believes that conferring rights or legal privileges upon animals that are equivalent to those of humans would reduce the legal status and value of dogs as property, and thereby restrict the rights of owners, veterinarians and government agencies to protect and care for dogs. It may also subject them to frivolous and expensive litigation.

How You Can Help:

Contact the members of the Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee prior to the hearing on Monday, April 30, and respectfully ask them to support House Bill 1513. While no specific time is mentioned, the hearing will be held in the evening after floor proceedings.

The committee contact information is as follows:

Senator Jack Goodman, Chairman
Phone: (573) 751-2234
Fax: (573) 526-9808
E-mail Form

Senator Eric Schmitt, Vice-Chairman
Phone:  (573) 751-2853
E-mail:  eschmitt@senate.mo.gov

Senator Bob Dixon
Phone: (573) 751-2583
Fax: (573) 526-1305
E-mail Form

Senator Will Kraus
Phone: (573) 751-1464
E-mail Form

Senator Brian Munzlinger
Phone: (573) 751-7985
Fax: (573) 522-3722
E-mail Form

Senator Jolie Justis
Phone: (573) 751-2788
Fax: (573) 751-9776
E-mail Form

Senator Joseph Keaveny
Phone: (573) 751-3599
Toll-Free: 866-783-1534
Fax: (573) 751-0266
E-mail Form

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