Great Election News from Arizona & Missouri!Posted by Stephan Otto, ALDF's Director of Legislative Affairs on November 3rd, 2010
ALDF is happy to report of exciting election developments
In Arizona, voters soundly rejected Proposition 109 which would have given the Arizona legislature exclusive authority over wildlife issues, denying voters the right to set wildlife policy. Had it passed, not even the Arizona Game and Fish Commission would have been able to make decisions relating to wildlife without the explicit consent of politicians. Proposition 109 could have opened the door to cruel and extreme wildlife-killing practices and led to an overturning of the earlier law passed by voters to restrict cruel traps and poisons on public lands. Fortunately, for the wildlife of Arizona, the measure was defeated.
In Missouri, often infamously referred to as the “puppy mill capital of the nation,” voters passed Proposition B – the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. This landmark law will require large-scale dog breeders to provide all dogs under their care with sufficient food, clean water, improved housing and space, necessary veterinary care, regular exercise and rest between breeding cycles. In addition, it limits the number of dogs allowed in a breeding operation and elevates violations to criminal offenses.
Hats off to Arizona and Missouri and to all of our supporters who responded to ALDF’s legislative alerts on these measures! Your voices on behalf of the animals were heard.