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Tea Party Group Fighting Bill to Treat Puppies Humanely

This post first appeared on Balloon Juice. I’m seriously at a loss for words:
Dog bites man or man bites dog?A conservative group in Missouri is picking up the backing of the Tea Party and Joe The Plumber in its quest to stop the Humane Society and other animal rights groups from passing “radical” anti-puppy mill legislation. The measure, which can be read in full here, is called Proposition B or the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.” It aims to help eliminate the “3000 puppy mills” in Missouri that constitute “30% of all puppy mills in the U.S.,” according to Michael Markarian, the Chief Operating Officer of the Humane Society. “This measure would provide common sense standards for the care of dogs,” he told TPM, including sufficient food and clean water, vet care, regular exercise, and adequate rest between breeding cycles, among other things. Markarian said the measure only applies to “commercial dog breeding facilities” that have more than 10 breeding females who they use for “producing puppies for the pet trade.” Sounds pretty straightforward, no? Well, according to the Alliance For Truth, the main force behind the anti-Prop B movement, there is something much more nefarious afoot (er, apaw) in the Humane Society’s measure. The Alliance For Truth claims that the Humane Society of the United States has a “radical agenda” and is “misleading the public with its intentions on Prop B. The society seeks only to raise the cost of breeding dogs, making it ever-more difficult for middle-class American families to be dog-owners.”
Vote Republican, we’re against the trains running on time at all, we’ll let your house burn down, and we absolutely hate the idea of treating puppies humanely. What’s next? Which wingnut is going to come out in favor of nun rape and baby punching? Who will seriously issue a statement about skull fucking kittens? Tell me this is all a joke and they aren’t going to pick up seats in November…