Missouri – Working Animal Protection Act

On Monday, January 28, 2018 I traveled to the Missouri State Capitol to testify before the Senate Agriculrure Committee, along with three other Cavalry Group members from Missouri who own animal enterprises which utilize working animals, all in support of our Working Animal Protection Act.

While en route to the Capitol I received a phone call from our member who owns a St. Louis-based horse-drawn carriage company who informed me that the St. Louis City Council Alderman, Joe Vaccaro was so upset to learn of our legislation to protect working animals that he decided to fast track the St. Louis City Board Bill 129 to ban horse drawn carriages in St. Louis City.

The next morning, Tuesday, January 29, 2018,  I was headed back to the Missouri State Capitol to testify before the House Agriculture Policy Committee in support of the House companion bill, HB 1907, only to learn that St. Louis City Alderman, Joe Vaccaro had already held a hearing in the St. Louis Traffic Committee that morning and that Board Bill 129 to ban horse carriages had passed 4-1. It still needed to go to a vote in the full City Council.

Our same group of testifiers appeared before the House Agriculture Policy Committee that afternoon and all testified in support of HB 1907.  HSUS, ASPCA, and Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation all appeared to testify in opposition. No surprise there.

Later that week, on Feb. 2nd, St. Louis City Alderman, Joe Vacarro was interviewed about his push for the carriage ban by St. Louis Fox 2 News’ Elliott Davis.  You don’t want to miss this video to witness the insanity of this situation. Elliott Davis with FOX 2 News gets the reporter award for not falling for the animal rights propaganda and seeing through the horse pucky with the Alderman’s bogus reasons to ban the St.. Louis Carriages.

Watch the interview HERE

SB 918 and HB 1907 is moving along and could be heard the Missouri House of Representatives as early as next week.

If you recall, the Working Animal Protection Act would amend the Missouri state agriculture statute, Section A. Chapter 262, prohibiting an outright ban by any political subdivision at the local level of any animal industry related to working animals.

With the exciting progress taking place with this legislation, I have been working with Cavalry Group members in several other states who are working with their State Representive or Senator to bring the Working Animal Protection Act to their legislature this year or in 2019. More information on that as it becomes confirmed and available to share!

Needless to say, we are very grateful and excited about this legislative progress to protect animal related businesses.

Many thanks to all of our Missouri members who have sent letters to your Representative and Senator in support of HB 1907 and SB 918.

If you have not yet done so, please click HERE to send your letters and to learn more about the HB 1907 and SB 918.

I must also add that working with Missouri State Senator Brian Munzlinger and Representative Bryan Spencer and their staff on this legislation and the efforts to move it forward has been a great experience.  I feel so honored to be working with them all through the process.

I will continue to keep you apprised of the progress of the Working Animal Protection Act.

Mindy Patterson


The Cavalry Group

State Bills continued…

CA ACR 106:  Resolution would “recognize the humane treatment of companion animals through the eradication of neglect and cruelty and the fostering of kindness and empathy … as core principles of the State of CA.”

FL HB 1305: Orca Protection Act. Prohibiting orcas from being held in capivity; prohibiting certain breeding, impregnation, or insemination related to activies and certain export, transport, movement, or sale activies; allowing an orca currently in captivity for entertainment purposes to remain in captivity under “certain conditions.”  1/9/18: first reading. 1/12/18: referred to Natural Resources & Public Lands Cmte.

IA SF 421: A very deceptive HSUS-driven bill claiming to prohibit the mistreatment of animals other than livestock and wild animals, providing reporting requirements, providing for criminal offenses, and including penalties. 1/11/18 referred to Senate Judiciary Cmte

IA HSB 608/ HG 2065: An act prohibiting the mistreatment of animals other than livestock and wild animals providing for the rescue of animals by local law enforcement agencies providing for criminal offences and court orders including penalties. Creates mandatory vet reporting and heightened and onerous penalties. In Judiciary Cmte

IA HF 2259: An Act providing for the regulation of animals other than livestock that are maintained by commercial establishments, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. Agriculture Cmte.

IL SB 2280: Restricts the retail sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits by pet shops; only animals from animal rescues/shelters/pounds may be sold.1/10/18: referred to Assignments.

IN HB 1386: Commercial dog breeders. Makes humane societies, people who breed hunting dogs for sport, and certain people who breed service dogs subject to the requirements imposed on commercial dog breeders. Reduces number of dogs from 20 to 8 to qualify as a breeder.

MA HB 418: Prohibits the use of elephants in traveling animal acts. Companion bill to MA SB 1898.

MA HB 2290: An Act changing the legal status of pets from personal property to companion animals. Carried over from 2017 session.

MA 441: Establishes a Livestock Care and Standards Board to address regulations or voluntary standards governing the care and well-being of cattle, swine, poultry, and other livestock (battery cage hen operations, swine gestation crates and veal crates).

MA SB 460: An Act to prevent ‘animal suffering’ by irresponsible breeding practices. Carried over from 2017 session.

MA SB 470: An Act banning the sale of dogs and cats in commercial pet stores. Carried over from 2017 session.

MA SB 490: To protect wild and exotic animals from cruel and inhumane treatement, and to protect the public from dangers inherent to traveling exhibitions and acts featuring wild and exotic animals. Carried over from 2017 session.

MA S 1898: Prohibits the use of elephants in traveling animal acts. Carried over from 2017 session.

MA HB 3561: An Act relative to the importation of animals for rescue, shelter, foster, adoption, or remote sale. Requires organizations apply for import registrations through the Department of Agricultural Resources. Carried over from 2017 session.

MD HB 618: An Act to ban the use of elephants in any traveling acts. According to the bill language, a “traveling animal act” includes a carnival, circus, display, exposition, fair, parade, public showing, race, or a ride “in which animals that have been transported to, from, or between locations are required to perform tricks, give rides, or participate as accompaniments for entertainment, amusement, or benefit of a live audience.” Was heard before the Judiciar Committee 2/8/18

MO SB 797/HB 1828: Requires individuals or organizations seeking to train peace officers in responding to animal neglect and abuse incident reports to submit all training materials relating to animal care to the State Veterinarian approval and certification. Engaging in the business of animal care training using training materials that have not been certified is an infraction for the first offense, and a Class D misdemeanor for the second or any subsequent offense. (same as MO HB 1828)  First reading 1/3/18

MO HB 1945: Modifies provisions relating to the confiscation of animals. 1/8/18: Read second time 1/24/18: referred to Agriculture Policy Cmte 1/30/18: hearing completed.

NE LB 893: Animals sold in pet shops must be obtained from an animal control facility, animal shelter, or animal rescue. Shops must maintain records of the source of each pet animal for at least one year after the date of sale to a purchaser.

NH HB 1385: To establish a committee to study animal welfare in New Hampshire. Introduced 1/3/18. Referred to House Environment and Ag Committee.

NJ A 430: Requires registration & reporting to prevent illegal trade of tigers.. Carried over from 2016.

NJ A 437: Revises criteria for determining a vicious/potenially dangerous dog. Referred to Ag & Natural Resources Committee 1/27/16. Carried over from 2016.

NJ A 1876: Responsible Dog Ownership Act; leashing and fencing requirements.

NJ 1923: “Nosey’s Law”; prohibits use of elephants and other wild/exotic animals in traveling animal acts. 1/9/18: Introduced, referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Cmte.

NJ S 180/ NJ A 1454: Prohibits certain pet dealers from selling dogs or cats obtained from certain breeders or brokers. 1/9/18 Introduced and referred to Senate Economic Growth Cmte.

NJ SB 1093: “Nosey’s Law”; prohibits use of wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts. Companion bill to NJ AB 1923. Exemptions for permanent institutions that are USDA licensed and accredited by AZA, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the American Sanctuary Association, or a similar organization; outreach programs for educational or conservation purposes conducted by an AZA-accredited facility; an institution of higher education exhibiting wild or exotic animals for research or education purposes; or outreach programs for educational or conservation purposes conducted by governmental entities. 1/25/18: Introduced and referred to Senate Economic Grown Cmte.

NY A 3517: Prohibits circuses from conducting performances in the state for two years when a circus has been found to be in violation/non-compliant with AWA. Carried over from 2017 session.

NY S 1283: Prohibits tethering, restraining, caging or penning of dogs or animals between 7:00 PM – 6:00 AM; pen or cage must be 4x the height/length of dog/animal. Carried over from 2017 session.

NY S 5426: Would prohibit circuses from conducting shows or other performances in the state for two years where a circus has been found to be in violation or non-compliance with the Animal Welfare Act of 1966. Carried over from 2017 session.

NY SB 7025: Relates to the regulation of the sale of animals by limiting the number of animals a breeder can breed or sell; and mandates pet dealers that are not breeders to sel animals obtained from certain animal crualty organizations.

PA SB 248: Bans the for-profit display of any animal that traveled in a mobile housing facility in the 15 days preceding the display. Carried over from 2017 session.

PA SB 816: Amends the 1982 Dog Law regarding dangerous dogs. Carried over from 2017 session.

VT SB 161: An act relating to alternatives to animal testing. First time read 1/3/18. Referred to Committee on Houseing, Economic Development, and General Affairs.

Federal Bills:

HR 4693: Puppy Protection Act of 2017. Amending the Animal Welfare Act adding onerous requirements for dogs in dealer facilities. HSUS-driven legislation. We will have our opposition campaign to send letters to Congress soon!

HR 1759: Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act. To amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances. Learn more and send a letter to your U.S. Rep. and Senators.

Click HERE

HR 1818: Big Cat Public Safety Act: Makes it unlawful (with certain exceptions) to import, export, transport, sell, breed, or possess lions, tigers, and other exotic cats. Learn more and send a letter to your U.S. Rep. and Senators. Click HERE

HR 3792: Animal Emergency Planning Act of 2017. Amends the Animal Welfare Act to require that covered persons develop and implement emergency contingency plans.  Learn more. Click Here

HR 113: Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE). This legislation would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act imposing fines and prison time for anyone who sells, transports, imports, or exports horses going to humane, regulated horse processing facilities. Learn more and send a letter to your U.S. Rep. and Senators. Click Here

LOCAL Bills: 

NY Suffolk County: Resolution No. 1138-2018: Modifies existing legislation to  eliminate brokers from selling dogs. Limiting pet dealers/retailers to the effect that they can only buy dogs from USDA licensed breeders that qualify under the statute; and hobby breeders. Introduced 2/6/18

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