This is another of the tough to decide amendments which will be on Missouri's ballot this coming Tuesday. Commonly called "The Right To Farm" this amendment reads:
"Agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri."
The opposition to this amendment is well funded, vocal, and as far as I can tell, made up of many local and national animal rights groups. The opponents believe passing this bill will weaken already weak laws regarding puppy mills and open the door to other animal cruety practices.
So far it appears as though rural Missourians are for this and urban people are finding it a tough sell, however some smaller farmers are opposed while larger are for it. The discussions surrounding this amendment are heated and at some point before Tuesday we'll have to be able to see through the inflammed rhetoric and decide how to vote.