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missouri

18 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Missouri Governor, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Chris Chinn, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

It’s time to ban dog auctions

Missouri is the top state in the nation for puppy mills in 2018 according to the Humane Society of the United States. 23 of the worst 100 puppy mills in the country call Missouri home -- some of whom are repeat offenders. These puppy mills continue to produce dogs, although over 3,200 dogs are euthanized every day, according to the ASPCA. Why do puppy mills keep producing so many puppies? Dog auctions make it possible for puppy mill operators to quickly sell as much of their “inventory” as possible. They create a financial incentive to overproduce puppies for pet stores and online vendors across the country. An infamous Missouri breeder, who owned pet stores in New Jersey, was allowed to auction all of the animals held in his Missouri kennel after he was charged with 267 counts of animal abuse by the New Jersey SPCA. No one inspected the dogs sold at the auction for signs of abuse or illness. This lack of accountability is shameful and unacceptable. But it will continue as long as long as a financial incentive exists. We ask the Missouri Department of Agriculture to require state inspectors to inspect the health and monitor the stress of the dogs, before, during and after all dog auctions while working to ban dog auctions! Help us fight puppy mills by eliminating a key financial incentive -- the dog auction. Take the first step by signing this petition today urging our lawmakers to ban dog auctions now.

maxine reeker
125,097 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Missouri House of Representatives, Emanuel Cleaver

Help Find The Missing in Missouri, by mandating all cases be entered into NamUs.

Missouri residents, Please support a state level legislation to Help Find The Missing.  NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System was launched in 2007. It can be used by everyone from law enforcement to family members at no cost. NamUs provides a unified database for records and offers forensic services, investigative support and case management. Missouri missing person cases if entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) by law enforcement of jurisdiction then reside on Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse. Access to NCIC is only for criminal justice agencies whereas the clearinghouse is view-able by the public. The public, however, cannot input missing cases into the clearinghouse. Coroners and medical examiners are responsible for unidentified remains but there is no state clearinghouse. In a perfect world DNA, dental, and fingerprints are gathered and entered in appropriate databases but this is not happening. Families of the missing are forced to ambulance chase news reports of bodies found trying to leave no stone unturned. But, the current system has made for far too many stones, scattered everywhere. If someone goes missing and is found yet unidentified in another county, the chances of them falling through the cracks are far too great. NamUs can help bridge this gap. As of August 2018 there are 575 active missing adults from Missouri. Due to the disconnect, there is no listed number of unidentified remains but 108 are currently reported to NamUs. It only makes sense to have all unidentified and all missing persons in one government repository, NamUs. The perfect world exists for the families with NamUs but until all are utilizing this successful repository, the disconnects will continue. Families are being forced to suffer the trauma of unknown answers for months, years, and decades when in fact many of their loved ones have been found but the current system cannot make these matches and their reunification does not take place. Help Find the Missing Act has been passed in the following states: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Michigan. Let’s make Missouri the next to pass this necessary legislation to help end our silent disaster.

Case Ravel
177 supporters