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Urge Missouri Lawmakers to PASS Working Animal Protection Act (WAPA)

HB647 will be heard Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:00 AM in Hearing Room 1 before the House Rural Community Development Committee.

Protect Jobs • Protect Traditions • Protect Animal Ownership in Missouri and beyond! HB647 amends the Missouri state agriculture statute, Section A. Chapter 262, prohibiting an outright ban by any political subdivision at the local level of any LEGAL business utilizing working animals in education, transportation, exhibition, and entertainment. This legislation DOES NOT take away local control. It simply states that these legal businesses utilizing working animals cannot be banned, outright or have regulations imposed that would lead to a ban.

If passed, the Working Animal Protection Act  would disallow an outright ban on any legal animal enterprise related to working animals. The purpose and goal of HB 647  is to slow down the animal rights extremists' agenda and steamroller by preventing an outright ban of legitimate, legal  businesses utilizing working animals for the purpose of  education, entertainment, exhibition and entertainment.

In the past several years, there has been an onslaught of local municipal ordinances banning exotic animal exhibits, elephants, the circus, and carriage businesses in over 55 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. 

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, 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.”

So, essentially, HB647 is a measure to protect legal businesses from being banned outright. HB647 is a small business protection bill. 

Please click the link and send your letters to SUPPORT HB647, The Working Animal Protection Act to protect JOBS, TRADITIONS, and ANIMAL OWNERSHIP.

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