Letters to Representatives Brattin, Parkinson, and Cross

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Most of the sponsors and co-sponsors for the several bills to modify or repeal Proposition B are from districts that, according to my spreadsheets, voted No on Proposition B. Folks should contact the representatives in these districts anyway, just to let them know about respecting the vote. My focus, though, has been on the representatives that come from districts that voted Yes on Proposition B.

I’m disappointed to see three such representatives in the newly released HB 281: Rick Brattin (124)Mark Parkinson (016), and Gary Cross (048). Representative Brattin’s district is in Cass County, Representative Parkinson’s is in St. Charles, and Representative Cross’s district is in Kansas City and Jackson—all areas solidly and overwhelming for Proposition B.

The following is an email that I wrote each. I suggest that you all do the same, as well as email or phone other representatives who are seeking to overturn the will of the people.

Representative Cross/Parkinson/Brattin,

I’m not from your district, but I am a Missouri voter. I was astonished to see you listed among the co-sponsors for HB 281, especially because your district county, Jackson/Cass/St. Charles, did have strong support for Proposition B. Note that the vote was not partisan, as both Democrats and Republicans voted for Proposition B.

I’m also not sure if you’re aware of how HB 281 looks to people like me, the average citizen of Missouri. At first glance, the bill provides an impression of being a modification, only. However, if you look at the edits, you can see that basically HB 281 is a repeal of Proposition B. It just doesn’t honestly say so.

For instance, most of the regulations now defer to the Department of Agriculture. However, the Department of Agriculture is the organization that defined the original ACFA regulations that have proven to be grossly inadequate. Considering how much criticism the department has had because of its cozy relationship with commercial dog breeders, you’re, in effect, giving the keys to the hen house back to the foxes.

Add all of the modifications together and you have a repeal of Proposition B, but the bill lacks the integrity of actually saying what it is doing. I find bills such as this to be duplicitous.

Of course you realize that there are problems in this state with licensed commercial dog breeders. The stories the inspection reports tell are horrendous. If you repeal Proposition B, there will be more stories in the future. What will be different, though, is that there will now be state representatives who must own part of the stories by condoning the continuing misery of dogs in Missouri.

Do the right thing and show how conservative Republicans are also compassionate Republicans who love dogs. Large scale commercial dog breeding is not truly an agricultural industry, and neither is it a growth industry. It’s also embarrassment to have a title such as “puppy mill capital of the US” attached to our state.

Please remove your support of HB 281, and work to uphold the vote of the people, in your district, and in the State.


Shelley Powers

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