First, Jasper was excited to hear the news about a new anti-puppy mill measure making the Missouri ballot for November 2010. But upon hearing more he just shook his head at some of the humans out there.
Currently in Missouri, known as the "puppy mill capital" of the United States where some 3,000 puppy mills are in operation, it is perfectly legal to have a dog as small as a beagle in a cage with a wire floor and be housed there for his/her entire life. Think about that for a moment! That's currently okay to do!!
The new law would also require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and veterinary care.
Jasper gasped at this provision. Why, he wonders, are humans not already doing the humane thing? How can it be that providing a dog with sufficient, food, clean water, housing and veterinary care is not already on the books?
To top off Jaspers frustration, the new initiative has found opposition among some in Missouri's agricultural community. Some ranchers fear the measure could be broadened to limit livestock or animal confinement operations.
Jasper grumbled to himself over that and jotted down some notes. 1) research dairy farms and 2) investigate the beef industry
Then he remembered Oprah's little beef with the beef industry.... he'd have to be careful....
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"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."
"I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on (the movie) Babe that by the
end of the film I
was a vegetarian."
~ James Cromwell