|Purred: Tue May 29, '07 7:55pm PST |
|Here are the most recent updates:
Update, 5/21/07: The legislative session ended before HB 46 could be passed.
Update, 4/20/07: HB 46 passed its first Senate committee vote earlier this week. Its next hearing is not yet scheduled.
Update, 4/16/07: HB 46 is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at 1:30 P.M. in the Senate Lounge before the Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources Committee.
Update, 3/08/07: Unfortunately, HB passed Missouri’s House in the first week of March. It now moves to the Senate for consideration. Please act now and tell your senator that you oppose this inhumane legislation.
If passed, HB 46 will prohibit farm animals (including horses) weighing more than 50 pounds from being impounded unless the Department of Agriculture’s District State Veterinarian has examined the animal and found it to be in imminent danger of death.
Under current Missouri law, authorities may remove animals of any size from abusive situations. HB 46 will, in effect, exempt large farm animals from current cruelty laws. Even a court warrant ordering an animal’s impoundment will be rendered powerless.
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