The Humane Society yesterday released its Humane State Ranking
, a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a
wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty
and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses, and farm animals.
Missouri tied with several other states as No. 43 in the ranking, designating the Show-Me State as one of the worst places for animals in the United States.
Missouri scored low marks for its relatively lax laws when it comes to dog and cock fighting (unlike some other states, Missouri doesn't make attending those fights a felony) as well as its hunting and farming regulations. Missouri allows leg hold traps and snares for fur hunters and does not prohibit the force-feeding of farm animals and inhumane slaughter of those creatures.
See a chart on how Missouri compares to other states here
California ranked highest in the Humane Society's poll of laws to protect animals. Related content: "Humane Society: Missouri Among the Worst States for Exotic Pets"