Serving the Midwest
Our organization began with a small group of determined individuals, committed to providing a voice to pet animals in need. Since then, our organization has expanded to the Midwest region to build upon our legislative success in Kansas to advocate for better pet animal protection.
Currently, we focus our efforts in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.
End Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) in Iowa
Iowa has at least ninety municipalities or areas with breed-based restrictions or BSL, an exceedingly high number for a state the size of Iowa. BSL restricts dog ownership by breed, creating undue hardship for dogs and dog owners. These laws have high costs to our community animal shelters, local animal control, and the taxpayer, are difficult to enforce, and perpetuate an unnecessary homeless pet population. Iowa communities should have the local authority to own whichever dog breed they want, without worry.
Increased Public Transparency for Pet Shop Sales
It’s estimated that 90% of puppies found in pet store are purchased from a puppy mill. Pet stores who sell puppies from a breeder or animal broker are often linked to sourcing their puppies from a puppy mill where sick, injured, and mistreated adult dogs and puppies have been found again and again by federal and state inspectors. Iowa pet stores should be required to be more transparent about where their puppies being sold are from, their health, their care, and more.
The 2022 legislative session in Iowa will begin in January and run through April. Please read below to see what legislation we supported or opposed during the 2021 legislative session.
Prevent Greyhound Racing From Returning to Kansas
Greyhound racing is a dying sport – now illegal in more than 40 states. Increased public awareness has brought light to a cruel practice and the competition for other forms of gambling has led to greyhound racing being phased out across the nation. Although live greyhound racing ended in Kansas in 2008, the state has yet to ban greyhound racing outright, or decouple it from various forms of gambling, like sports wagering, that could require its return. Kansas should listen to the public’s growing disapproval, and prohibit the return of greyhound
racing to the state.
End Puppy Mills in Kansas
Statewide, there are 273 commercial dog breeding operations, many of them operating as a puppy mill that puts the profit of an animal above all else. The Kansas Pet Animal Act (KPAA) is outdated and cannot guarantee the health, safety, and welfare of pets being used, raised, and sold in Kansas, and it’s allowing puppy mills to thrive in Kansas. The Kansas legislature should update the thirty-three-year-old KPAA to better the requirements and protection for pet animals being used and sold from dog breeding operations and pet stores, and help put an end to puppy mills in the state.
End Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) in Missouri
BSL restricts dog ownership by breed, creating undue hardship for dogs and dog owners. BSL have high costs to our community animal shelters, local animal control, and the taxpayer, are difficult to enforce, and perpetuate an unnecessary homeless pet population. Missouri communities should have the local authority to own whichever dog breed they want, without worry.
Protect Pets Left in Hot Cars in Missouri
On a 85° day, the temperature inside a parked car can rocket to 100° in just eight minutes. An animal left unattended in a hot car can suffer irreparable organ damage and even death. This is an unavoidable tragedy happening far too often. The Missouri legislature should pass a statewide law to grant any person the legal right, with immunity (or protection) from liability, to rescue a vulnerable pet animal from a vehicle when the animal is in imminent danger.
The 2022 legislative session in Missouri will begin in January and run through May. Please read below to see what legislation we supported or opposed during the 2021 legislative session.
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