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Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

It should be a felony everywhere.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

If they do it on a farm, and it's illegal to film or record on farms in Utah, acts of animal abuse, how you gunna get evidence?

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

All animal abuse should be a felony.

Fitz
Murray, UT

It is interesting that this editorial calls for another felony to go on the books when the PRADA Board in a story today in this paper says we need to reduce the number of inmates. State Prison inmates are all felons. Do we really want to continue to increase the number of convicted felons. To make chicken fighting a felon is as inappropriate as was the last animal cruelty law. These 'crimes' should be no more than a misdemeanor. The bill that makes vandalism a in state parks is also calling for a felony, which is overkill as well.

We need to look at the current felony crimes on the books and we need to reduce many of them to misdemeanors, with some the misdemeanors reduced to infractions. We are creating felons, who then have troubles getting jobs and living normal lives when they get out of jail. Our justice system, especially considering the laws on the books, is broken and needs to be fixed. We need to quit creating felons when the issue at hand is really not that serious.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Fits. I could consider your argument if you would include an example or two of a specific type of crime now a felony that could/should be reduced to misdemeanor. Just wanting to reduce the number of felons in state prison without a reason other than "because" makes it hard for me to find agreement with your premise.

Unsaid or more appropriately not discussed in this story are ethnicity and cultural values present in this industry/criminal event. With our society becoming multicultural and multi-ethnic in its composition we are confronted with peoples with varying views of animal or animal-human contest i.e., cock or dog fighting or bull fighting.

Laws against this activity can be felonies or pleaded down to misdemeanors, also circumstances in mitigation or aggravation could bump up or down the charge. Confiscation of property used in the enterprise might be an alternative or included. Cars/trucks or real estate could be included.

As always the old adage "Don't do the crime if you don't have the time" to waste.

Linus
Bountiful, UT

Roosters fight each other every day on Utah's family farms. Roosters, as they mature, grow sharp spurs on the back of their legs, and they go airborne in an attempt to spur their rival rooster in the head or eye. Once, years ago, a rooster on our farm attacked my two-year-old son and pierced one of his ears with his spur and almost put out his eye. Following a mother's instinct, my wife beat that rooster to death with a stick.

How many members of my family could have been prosecuted for a felony. I am weary of Utah's legal over-reaction to animal abuse while human babies are mercilessly slaughtered without legal protection and with society's blind eye and tacit approval.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

I'm happy to see the Dessert News take a forcefull stand against cock fighting. I wish it would now oppose the law that makes it against the to record animal abuse on farms, ranches and stock yards. The news was silent when this law passed a few years ago. Perhaps the news will right this wrong by omission.

How is it our legislature which is best at managing money in the nation could have passed this cold hearted law? Do you need direction on high on every moral issue or you have no moral compass?

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Re Linus

Are you trying to make the case that since roosters fight naturally that this justifies putting razer blades in their feet and then encouraging them to fight to the death? I would imagine when they fight naturally that once a rooster has had enough it has the option of running away. How terrified a rooster must be when in a man caused fight this option is not available.

It is not out place to cause animals to suffer to satisfy our cruelty.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Linus:

I think we are talking about cock fighting where razors are put on the feet of the roosters and they fight to the death in front of unsavory types gambling on the outcome.

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