Missouri animal ag inspection bill

February 20, 2020

A proposed bill in Missouri would limit who can conduct on-farm inspections of animal ag operations within the state. According to an article in the News Tribune, the primary sponsor, state Representative Kent Haden, a former regulatory veterinarian, indicates the intention of the bill is to protect farmers from animal activist groups who attempt to illegally gain entry and to protect veterinarians conducting inspections for the state. The bill’s official state summary hints at a broader goal, “Prohibits the inspection of certain grounds or facilities in Missouri to enforce the laws of a state other than Missouri.” The submitted bill is currently not on the Missouri House calendar, but did pass the House in 2019, only to be stopped in the Senate due to a threat of a filibuster.