Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
It should be a felony everywhere.
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?
All animal abuse should be a felony.
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
@ 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.
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
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?
Re LinusAre 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
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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