As election time quickly approaches in Missouri, most voters aren’t aware of the candidates varying stances on animal welfare issues. If your dog could vote, who would it vote for?
Jay Nixon (Democrat)
While voters aren’t too thrilled with Nixon’s actions concerning Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, Prop B (aka “Puppy Mill Initiative“) and the compromise, in terms of protecting the dogs in Missouri puppy mills, Nixon seems to be a clear choice over Dave Spence.
Dave Spence (Republican)
According to a recent article found in the Columbia Tribune, Dave Spence criticized Jay Nixon for waiting so long to get involved in Prop B and said that if he were governor, he would have publicly denounced the initiative before it even went to voters. Last year Spence’s campaign manager, Jared Craighead, criticized Governor Nixon for allocating an additional $1.1 million for enforcing Missouri’s laws in regards to the protection of puppy mill dogs. Spence has also indicted that he wants the Missouri Farm Bureau to run the Missouri Department of Agriculture if he wins the race.
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Jason Kander (Democrat)
Steadfast supporter of Prop B while serving in the Missouri Legislature. He also voted against all efforts to change Prop B.
Shane Schoeller (Republican)
Opponent of Prob B, Schoeller publicly criticized Robin Carnahan for approving Prop B language for the ballot and said that if he were Secretary of State at the time, he would not have done so. Schoeller worked on attempts at repealing Prop B and also voted “yes” on the final repeal bill, SB113.
Chris Koster (Democrat)
While being Attorney General, Chris Koster has been very pro-active at prosecuting puppy mills, even creating a special unit (Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit) within his office just to handle it. Koster has pledged to continue fighting puppy mills. Koster recently said,
“I’m sick of hearing people refer to our state as the puppy mill capital of the nation. These mills are notorious for viciously abusing their dogs. And these breeders are known for putting their own profit above proper dog care.”
Ed Martin (Republican)
Adamantly opposed Prop B when he ran against Russ Carnahan for 2010 Congress. According to Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Martin is visiting with commercial dog breeders and soliciting their support.
For more information on Prop B and the changes, you can view Bill SB113 by clicking here or Bill SB161 by clicking here.
Research for this story was obtained from Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, St. Louis Today, Ballotpedia.org and The Humane Society of the United States.