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Monday, October 11, 2010

New Voices Hit the Airwaves for Missouri’s Prop B

The campaign for YES! on Prop B to crack down on puppy mill cruelty in Missouri today launched its second week of TV and radio advertising, with new ads featuring Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and co-founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), and Dr. Connie Medling, staff veterinarian for the Humane Society of Missouri.

La Russa and Medling speak to Missouri voters about the 3,000 puppy mills in Missouri, where dogs are crammed into small and filthy cages, denied veterinary care, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and given no exercise or human affection. As La Russa says in the ad, “No responsible pet owner would ever treat an animal like that. It’s cruel, it’s inhumane, and we need to change it.”

The ads show the breadth of support for Prop B, which has been endorsed by Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics from across the state; animal welfare charities and organizations, including the HSMO, ARF, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Central Missouri Humane Society, Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, Wayside Waifs, the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, HSLF and The Humane Society of the United States; prominent Missouri figures such as Tony La Russa and Linda Bond; as well as responsible dog breeders, elected officials, religious leaders and Missouri businesses.

Prop B's opponents—operating under the misnamed Alliance for Truth and consisting of puppy millers, agribusiness, and others who don’t like our effective action to protect animals—have trotted out a litany of absurd and false arguments. Last week, they rolled out Ohio’s Joe the Plumber, who offered an incomprehensible screed.

The ad featuring Tony LaRussa can be viewed here, and the one with Dr. Medling is available here. I hope you will watch them and help spread the word to Missouri citizens to vote YES! on Prop B on election day.

Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer.

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