This November 2, Election Day, Missourians will likely vote on a citizen initiative to prevent suffering for tens of thousands of dogs languishing in cruel puppy mills. These high-volume commercial factories breed dogs under harsh conditions with inadequate shelter and care.
Tragically, approximately 40 percent of all pet store puppies nationwide come from Missouri, where nearly 200,000 breeding dogs produce up to a million puppies a year.
Unbelievably, large-scale puppy mills in Missouri are allowed to keep dogs in small wire cages, stacked on top of each other, for their entire lives. They often don't get exercise, sunlight, companionship, or human interaction -- they live in filth and excrement and suffer discomfort and injuries from standing on wire for years on end.
Today, I invite you to help save these puppy mill dogs by signing a simple pledge. When you sign, you’ll join Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, the coalition backing the Missouri ballot initiative, and which includes The Humane Society of the United States. Then, you will receive alerts from the campaign on how to help. You don’t have to live in Missouri to help, because this campaign can lead to reforms at commercial breeding facilities nationwide.
This ballot measure will turn around Missouri's reputation as the inhumane puppy mill capital of the world, and will require that dogs receive basic standards of humane care, such as food, water, space, and exercise. Reform in Missouri would follow on the heels of more than a dozen states that have cracked down on puppy mills recently, including Iowa and Oklahoma. By continuing the fight for dogs and voting to phase out the worst puppy mill abuses in Missouri, what happens on November 2 will help lead to nationwide reform.
We'll be giving it our all to make sure this initiative passes -- but we need your help to win. Together, we will ensure that Missouri’s dogs are treated with compassion. Please take the pledge and be a part of this historic campaign.
Thank you for helping Missouri’s dogs, and for all you do for animals.
Wayne Pacelle President & CEO The Humane Society of the United States
Paid for by The HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, President, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.
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