October 31, 2014

Help prevent animal cruelty by supporting humane breeding bill

Shelley Homan
Olathe
Do we live in the animal health corridor of the world?
Our state of Kansas currently ranks number 3 for the number of animal breeders with egregious records of repeated violations of animal welfare laws.
Our neighbors in Missouri hold the dubious title as number 1 on this list.  Aly Van Dyke’s recent reporting on this issue for the Topeka Capital-Journal called attention to the need to change Kansas laws to require that commercial breeders and shelters be licensed and inspected regularly to meet minimum welfare standards.  Senate Bill 392, which is currently under discussion in Topeka, can strengthen our animal welfare laws to put puppy mills out of business.  This bill updates the current Kansas Pet Animal Act, which was put into law with minimal animal welfare standards in 1989.  However, Senators are currently opposing the requirements in SB 292 for breeders to be inspected and obtain a  license.  Without proper care, many of the animals in the state’s “mills” end up in our shelters and rescues, which we all pay for both directly and indirectly with our tax dollars.  If we are to be the “Animal Health Corridor of the World” shouldn’t we require that our local animals be treated humanely?  Please urge your legislators to support the updates to the Kansas Pet Animal Act without diluting SB 392 and our ability to run a humane state.

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