Right to Farm Measure

Published 08/04 2014 06:16PM

Updated 08/04 2014 08:03PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- "I'm very concerned because if this passes, it won't be puppy mills anymore. It will be puppy farms," said Mary Ann Schlau, Golden Paw Owner.

That's just one of the many concerns for those who are against the Right to Farm measure act. According to the Missouri Humane Society, the amendment would prohibit established laws in Missouri that restrict industrialized agriculture and factory farms, including the farming of dogs. Animal advocates are saying no to Amendment 1.

"We don't need factory farms in Missouri. Factory farms are inhumane. They can do anything they want under this amendment and we don't need that," said Schlau. 

A local breeding company disagrees. 

"A lot of farmers raise puppies as a secondary source of income in Missouri, and their right to do so should be protected," said Greg Brown, Hunte Corporation. 
Golden Paw Owner Mary Ann Schlau says the amendment is a little vague.

"When you have something legal and is so important to us as our Constitution here in Missouri, it shouldn't be vague and this is very, very vague. That's a red flag to me," said Schlau. 

Greg Brown from Hunte Corporations says the law will protect Missouri's farmers.   

"If a group was to come in and change our laws or pass laws that were detrimental to agriculture, it would be the catastrophic to Missouri's economy," said Brown. 

In 2010, Missouri passed Proposition B. This was a voter approved petition that limits the number of breeding dogs owned by a business. It also set new restrictions for vet care, feeding, and cage space. The Missouri Humane Society feel Amendment 1 may be a set back to that 2010 law if tomorrow's amendment is passed. 

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