Critters Political

Governor Nixon followed the money

KSDK has a story today on Governor Nixon proposing a budget extension of 1.1 million in funding for the Department of Agriculture. This amount should be enough to ensure there is sufficient personnel to fully regulate the dog breeding industry.

The proposed budget amendment would apply whether SB 113 passes, or Proposition B is left alone.

It’s the first time someone in the Missouri government has come out and stated, truthfully, that SB 113 does not provide sufficient money for enforcement. The amount looks to be enough to really ramp the department up to a desperately needed level of personnel—not like the faux funding in SB 113.

I hope that some of the money is used to put better systems put in place that allow for greater accountability. I’m quite alarmed at how difficult it is to access inspection reports, or even the data behind the Bark Alert page’s numbers. Receiving responses from the Department of Agriculture that the material we need is archived and will be difficult to access is no longer acceptable in the year 2011.

Regardless, this is a good move. It’s an honest move, with honest numbers. Now, let’s get rid of SB 113 and then we can finally get rid of that damn title of Puppy Mill Capital of the US.


HJR 3 is less than perfect

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

HJR 3 was perfected today. I listened to the debate on the bill’s perfection via the House audio stream. It will probably come up for a vote this week or next.

What this bill does is put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in November, 2012. If voted on, HJR 3 would effectively eliminate the rights of the voters of Missouri to vote on any agricultural animal legislation.

Of course, the same people that bring us HJR 3 are the same people who have told the voters of this state that we don’t matter; that we’re stupid, and ill-informed; that urban voters have no right to vote on any rural legislation; that our votes don’t count.

What they’ll do to pass this law is, well, lie to the people of this state. They’ll play on the fears of eggs costing $10.00 a dozen, or little kiddies starving in the streets because no one can afford to buy any food.

All of this is hogwash, of course. The reps said that if laws were enacted to make lives less cruel for chickens, egg farmers would go out of business, driving the cost of eggs up. Yet in California, which did enact moderate laws to ensure a better environment for the chickens, the egg industry is thriving. If the costs for eggs is higher there, so is the cost for hamburger, bread, bananas, coffee, and potatoes. Unless you think that HSUS is pushing for more humane treatment of potatoes, the higher cost of eggs is most likely more attributable to the fact that chicken feed is no longer, urh, chicken feed—the price of both corn and soy beans has increased.