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As much as some people want to make this issue about the HSUS and just about everything under the sun, the fact is that it is about puppy mills. Nothing more, nothing less. Prop B applies to dogs and dogs only - there is nothing in the language of the proposition to suggest that it be applied to any other domesticated animal.
If the far-fetched claims about Prop B being the first step in phasing out all animal agriculture sound familiar, it's because they're the same claims used in 1998 to oppose a ban on cockfighting. They weren't true in 1998, and they're not true now.
Fifteen states recently passed strong laws cracking down on abusive puppy mills, including major agricultural states, giving dogs basic humane standards of care such as food, water, veterinary care, exercise and shelter.
Furthermore, there is a misconception that only unlicensed breeders are to blame for cruelty and poor conditions in puppy mills. However, there are many breeders who retain licenses (either from the state, the USDA, or both) in spite of numerous citations and failure to provide even the most basic humane conditions for their breeding dogs. The recently released report by the HSUS, Missouri's Dirty Dozen, highlights twelve such breeders. The report can be found at http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2010/10/missouri_dirty_dozen_100610.html
Read the act for yourself at yesonpropb.com, where you will also be able to find answers to common questions, and vote YES on Prop B.
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