(KMOV) – Animal lovers say puppy mills are cruel and inhumane. Missouri has several puppy mills and this November, they’re coming under fire.
Supporters of Proposition B point out that Missouri is the capital of puppy mills with as many as one million puppies bred and sold every year across the country.
It’s a campaign that is now pitting animal rights activists with the dog breeding industry in Missouri.
The president of the Humane Society of the United States is on a tour of Missouri.
Animal rights groups have long come down hard on Missouri puppy mills, alleging cruelty and abuse. Rescuing animals has become a mission of the humane society, which has taken a tough stance on breeders.
Proposition B would force breeders to comply with strict guidelines for feeding and housing animals.
Breeders and their supporters are fighting back.
Mindy Patterson of the Chesterfield-based Alliance for Truth believes Proposition B will hurt legitimate breeders.
The Humane Society is not just trying to rally the troops. It’s also raising money, as much as one million dollars they hope to spend in an advertising campaign that kicks off in October.