Update—March 15, 2023: The state's dangerous bill, H.B. 995, has been amended into H.B. 630 and passed the Missouri House of Representatives, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. This bill would have disasterous consequences for dogs and far-reaching negative impacts on animal welfare throughout the state. There's still time to stop it, but your voice is needed TODAY! Please contact your state senator and urge them to oppose H.B. 630.
The newly amended bill (H.B. 630) seeks to strip local governments of their power to regulate the sale of animals in pet stores. If passed, it would enable cruel commercial dog breeders to continue profiting in your community and disregard local elected officials who have made progress on behalf of constituents like you!
For 10 consecutive years, Missouri has been home to the most puppy mills in the country. If this bill becomes law, it will be even harder to fix Missouri’s puppy mill problem.
Most puppies sold in stores come from puppy mills—horrible facilities where dogs are often kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. A few states and hundreds of local governments across the nation have enacted laws to keep cruelly bred puppies out of their stores, but puppy mills are fighting back. Their lobbyists are pressuring state legislatures to pass dangerous bills like this one, which block cities and counties from prohibiting the retail sale of puppies in their communities, protecting the interests of the puppy mill industry.
What You Can Do
Today, use the brief form below to send a pre-drafted message to your state senator urging them to oppose this bill!