Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) President Chuck Massengill says Missouri Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) contains language that would help cattle farmers and ranchers.
The bill was passed by the 97th General Assembly last month and was forwarded to Governor Jay Nixon May 22.
Massengill says it’s time for the governor to take action on the legislation.
Specifically, he said in a news release, the animal trespass, cattle rustling and career and technical education components of SB 9 are of particular interest to the association.
The animal trespass portion of SB 9 was sponsored by Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-39). Massengill, who is a veterinarian, says this portion provides a fix to the current animal abuse and neglect law.
“As the animal abuse and neglect law currently stands, a farmer can receive a hefty fine or even imprisonment because their livestock got out of their confines. It doesn’t matter if the animal is out for 12 hours or 10 minutes,” says Massengill.
“Animal abuse should not be taken lightly, but we need to ensure that the law does not make criminals out of farmers who had a couple cows walk over the fence.” More....