Missouri state representative Ward Franz has introduced a bill, HB 1513, that would prevent future legislation granting rights to animals similar to those for humans. Specifically, the proposed bill states:
“The laws of this state shall not confer upon any animal a right, privilege, or legal status that is equivalent or that exceeds a right, privilege, or legal status as that which this state confers by law upon a human being. This provision shall not be construed as limiting laws that protect the welfare of animals in the state.”
In an interview on AgriTalk radio this week, Franz says the idea came about after he watched outside animal-rights organizations coming into the state trying to impose their will on Missouri’s people and businesses. In particular, he cites the case of “Proposition B,” the Missouri ballot initiative to regulate dog breeders that passed in November 2010 with aggressive support from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).