Pack Line Headlines: animal cruelty; puppy mills; legislation

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Idaho bill could increase cruelty to felony: A bill to make a third offense of “intentional and malicious animal cruelty” a felony is headed to the full Senate in Idaho, with some not-s0-great provisions.

One downside, as reported by the Spokesman-Review, is that all agricultural practices would be exempt.

But I really like this quote from the article: “” Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, asked, “If somebody’s capable of committing horrific acts against animals of whatever sort, why don’t we go straight to the felony?” “”

Bill in Utah seeks to halt undercover videos exposing animal cruelty: ‘How dare someone expose any on-going cruelty on factory farms.’ – This seems to be the translation on statements made by those seeking to outlaw the practice of shooting undercover video or photos on farms.

The Deseret News reports HB187 would make “agricultural operation interference” a crime – a class A misdemeanor on the first offense and a third-degree felony on the second offense.

Rep. John Mathis (R-Vernal), who is a veterinarian and part-time farmer, is quoted as saying, “It’s farmers, not animal rights activists, who know best what their animals need to be healthy and happy.”

Note to self: Come up with a term to best describe this sort of twisted statement. What should we call a statement that is totally devoid of logic or common sense or reality?

So people who run factory farms, where pigs are crammed into tiny cages, where turkeys are kicked around like footballs, where chickens have their beaks cut off before being crammed into tiny cages and where injured cows are pushed around with heavy equipment know best about what animals need to be healthy and happy?

As John Wayne would say – “Not hardly.”

The case for allowing undercover video to uncover animal cruelty

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Examiner.com published an article Friday by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris of the Animal Policy Examiner. The piece concerned the use of undercover video to expose and prosecute cases of animal abuse.

A Texas district attorney is quoted as saying that without the video shot by Mercy for Animals, his office would not have been able to prosecute employees at a factory farm in the beating death of diary calves in Hart, Texas.

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