• Legislation aims to change the definition of livestock

    Jefferson City, MO | March 6, 2014 - House Bill 2031 aims to change the definition of livestock to include elk and captive cervids. The bill was introduced by Representative Sandy Crawford of District 129 and has an initial hearing this Tuesday, March 11 at 8 a.m. in House Hearing Room 4 at the State Capital. Senator Lager District 12 introduced companion Senate Bill 964. A hearing for SB 964 has not yet been set.
    The bill reads "Livestock", cattle, calves, sheep, swine, ratite birds including but not limited to ostrich and emu, aquatic products as defined in section 277.024, llamas, alpaca, buffalo, elk and captive cervids documented as obtained from a legal source and not from the wild, goats, or horses, other equines, or rabbits raised in confinement for human consumption.

    The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) believes it is imperative to the future health of all wildlife, especially Missouri's wild white-tailed deer population, to keep control of elk and captive cervids with the Missouri Department of Conservation. The MDC will maintain the most stringent testing and regulations on captives to minimize opportunities for spreading of disease, including Chronic Wasting Disease, from captives to wild animals.

    CFM asks for your support in testifying against HB 2031 on Tuesday, March 11. If possible, please join us at the Capital at 8 a.m. and let your voice be heard. If you are unable to make the trip, please contact your representative immediately with a phone call, letter or email. To find contact information for your representative, visit http://www.house.mo.gov. Here is a draft letter for your use.
    Dear Representative (blank),
    I am strongly opposed to HB 2031. As you are aware, Chronic Wasting Disease has already been discovered in Missouri. In order to protect the wildlife of Missouri, especially our white-tailed deer, which over 500,000 Missourians hunt each year, we must do all we can to minimize opportunities for the spread of disease. I believe the Missouri Department of Conservation, with their excellent team of wildlife biologists, are far better qualified to manage elk and captive cervids than any other state agency.

    Please do not risk the future of Missouri's rich wildlife. I ask you to please vote "NO" to HB 2031.

    Your Constituent,




    For further information, contact the CFM office at (573) 634-2322

    Find more information at: http://www.NoMOCWD.org
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