MISSOURI STATE: Support the Working Animal Protection Act (HB 1907/SB 918)
If passed, the Working Animal Protection Act would disallow an outright ban on any animal industry related to working animals.
The purpose and goal of the Working Animal Protection Act (HB 1907/SB 918) is to slow down the animal rights extremists' agenda and steamroller at the local level by preventing the banning of legitimate businesses utilizing working animals for the purpose of education, entertainment, and exhibition.
In the past few years, there has been an onslaught of local municipal ordinances banning exotic animal exhibits, elephants, the circus, and carriage businesses in nearly 70 municipalities across the nation. Click to view the list of enacted bans on exotic animal exhibits, educational animal exhibits, elephant rides, elephant exhibiting, and horse drawn carriages HERE
These local city council and county council bans have been promoted strictly by animal rights groups with their emotional propaganda issuing the false premise that anyone who raises, breeds, or works with animals - especially working animals - are abusing them.
The fact is, that those involved with working animals, animal exhibiting, circuses, carriage horses, etc., are licensed, inspected, and regulated businesses practicing time-tested animal husbandry to ensure the health and safety of both people and animals, but these practices have been redefined as "inhumane treatment" of animals by the radical animals rights groups with their emotion-based agenda.
These local bans destroy animal ownership, job opportunities, and revenue that animal exhibitors, carriage companies, and others bring to the state. They also deny families access to animal exhibits or opportunities to view or interact with animals just because a certain group “doesn’t like it.”
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