Thursday, 17 January 2013

Animal protection bills planned in Utah Legislature

Animal safety » Trio of bills originated with Humane Society concerns.

Dogs and roosters will have an ally in state Sen. Gene Davis this upcoming legislative session as the Democrats’ newly chosen minority leader introduces bills aimed at toughening cockfighting laws and tightening restrictions on dog tethering and puppy sales.

The Humane Society of Utah asked Davis to sponsor the trio of measures after learning Utah is one of only 15 states that doesn’t prosecute cockfighting as a felony.

Humane Society Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt said surrounding states have already made it a felony and participants in cockfighting come to Utah because they know the penalties are more lax.

Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, and Baierschmidt said the practice of strapping razors to roosters’ legs so they can slash each other to death is "barbaric" and also said it encourages illegal gambling.


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