Bull baiting bill not appearing ready, Utah legislator proposes for killing horses instead

January 20, 2011

You couldn’t make this stuff up, and if you did, you should see a therapist.

As the Utah 2011 legislative session gets underway, state Rep. Curt Oda wasted no time in introducing a bill that reflects his legislative priority. He is not using his position as a legislator, however, to try to create jobs, improve schools, or protect children, for example. Instead, his bill, H.B. 210,  encourages the torture and killing of animals.

Oda wants to amend the state’s animal cruelty law, Section 76-9-301, to exempt “pests” and “feral” animals from the definition of animal. This means that to the extent they were protected, these animals would no longer be protected by the state’s animal cruelty law. Oda is reported to have told a local newspaper that “feral” animals and “pests” could be shot with a bow and arrow, for example, decapitated or clubbed to death.

Why kill horses with such brutality?  Dog fighting and cock fighting clearly wouldn’t fly?  Bear baiting won’t work — not enough bears?  Surely there are more humane ways to deal with “pest” animals.


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