Missouri is consistently ranked one of the worst states for animal protection and welfare in the United States.

  • Missouri is the #1 state for puppy mill production.

  • Missouri is the #1 state for consumer complaints about breeders selling sick puppies.

  • Missouri is home to 28% (+950) of all USDA licensed breeders in the United States.

  • Missouri has over 800 puppy mills, with over 38,000 adult dogs trapped in the cycle of abuse.

  • On average, 1 out of every 3 puppies in the U.S. was born and bred in Missouri.

  • At least 18 pet stores sell puppies from a puppy mill.

  • Missouri is home to the largest dog broker in the country.

  • Missouri is home to the largest dog auction in the country.

  • Missouri exotic animal ownership and trade is dangerously unregulated.

  • Missouri is home to the largest exotic animal auction in the country.

  • Missouri is the #1 state for the number of minors and adults injured by captive bears and primates.

  • Missouri is considered to have the weakest rules and regulation overseeing Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) in the United States.

  • Missouri is 1 of only 6 states to have an ag-gag law, making it illegal for undercover investigations of puppy mills and factory farms.