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PUPPY MILL POWER
Part 1 of THE REINWALD REPORT
MISSOURI KNOWN FOR PUPPY MILLS & HUNTE CORP.
Missouri millers make law as Reinwald tracks state and federal funding to
Hunte Corporation - but being careful not to get caught photographing!
April 2002 | TheDogPress.com
Deanna Reinwald, Field Reporter
This whole puppy mill thing has expanded way past
Missouri. The Indianapolis
Star reports that Dr. Kenton Beard reviewed complaints from customers who
bought sick puppies from Pass Pets and then he said that their complaints were
unfounded. Interestingly enough, Dr. Kenton Beard is the veterinarian for Hunte Corporation, the largest puppy-miller in the
United States. Now that's power!
states are known for sunshine; others for oranges. Missouri is known for its puppy mills.
Let the elected officials be warned that the residents of Missouri are tired
of this derogatory label and we are going to do whatever it takes to get
rid of not just Hunte Corporation, but the rest of the puppy millers as well.
I will continue to work on this puppy mill from several sides: physically finding
puppy mill locations and insisting that they are shut down; economic
sanctions - boycotting pet stores who sell puppy mill
dogs; pressuring our representatives to get these mills shut down - if
they support the millers, they won't be re-elected.
now, we are battling HB 1794--a Missouri bill that made it through the
first and second readings and is now in the Perfection Committee of the
House. At second reading,
they added an addendum making it a (are you ready for this?) felony to
photograph or videotape a commercial dog breeding facility.
I fired off a pretty poignant email to the 5 sponsors of the bill. I
suggested that a bill such as this very likely had financial backing from
someone like the Hunte Corporation. Only one
responded, with a one-line email that said "I could care less what you think."
for the legislators, one of my daughters is taking a college government
class with a teacher who is very involved in the state legislature,
spending every Tuesday in Jeff City, going to hearings.
daughter Erin took the bill to her teacher and it has now become their
project. She will be going to Jeff City to discuss the situation
with legislators and we are involved in a letter writing
campaign to each and every House Representative and Senator.
The ONLY reason to add a clause
forbidding documentation of a "puppy mill" is to protect the
puppy millers. If they don't have anything to hide, then it shouldn't be
against the law to photograph them.
Hoping to shut down the puppy mills is probably an idealistic goal because
in Missouri dog breeding is BIG business.
However, more realistically, we can push for legislation (and
enforcement of that legislation) to require breeders to give the animals
more medical care, socialization, and better living conditions.
We can also hold the puppy millers more
financially responsible for some of the medical problems that the puppies
have. If instead of allowing them to just supply an equally sick replacement
should be given a stiff fine. That will improve conditions,
breeding practices and overall health of both breeding animals and
Our state just
gave financial backing to The Hunte Corporation (I know I didn't vote for
THAT!) and the sheer economic power that The Hunte Corporation has on its
geographic area and the state government is amazing.
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