Direct democracy cares for canines

The Economist reports on Missouri puppy mills:

Animal-rights supporters claim that the laws governing these breeding sheds are vague, unenforceable and insufficient to maintain even the most rudimentary care. This is why they gathered more than 190,000 signatures in support of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act—an exercise in direct democracy that was passed on November 2nd to improve conditions in the state’s breeding facilities.

The groups created the ballot initiative after repeatedly failing to get bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly, explains Barbara Schmitz, director of the Missouri branch of the Humane Society.

Update: Here’s the link to the Jon Stewart Daily Show segment mentioned in the comments. And here’s the Comedy Network link for Canadians. Cesar Millan puts in a guest appearance. Did pit bull owner Jon Stewart talk him into it because they both have a special fondness for the much maligned breed?

4 thoughts on “Direct democracy cares for canines

  1. I tried to comment yesterday that this was featured on The Daily Show this past Thursday…not sure if my comment was rejected because I added a link (altho the form gives a space for ‘Website). If you’re interested in seeing a somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the controversy surrounding this – also featuring Cesar Millan no less – you’ll have to google. It’s on Olivia Munn’s site.

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