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Ugh. When I first heard about the Utah State Legislature’s House Bill 210, I checked the calendar to see if it was already April 1st.

Utah Rep. Curt Oda (R-Clearfield) wants to amend the states 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 states animal cruelty law.

This bill would make it legal to murder feral animals including feral cats and stray dogs. Not only would it be legal to shoot them, but other “humane” methods, including clubbing them to death or decapitating them would be legal as well.

Yes, you read that right. Shooting is singled out as an acceptable method in his bill, but Oda said other means that would be allowed include using a bow and arrow, clubbing or decapitation. According to Oda, no-kill methods, such as relocation or trap, neuter and release, are less efficient and more expensive.

The bill specifically allows “the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal.” Any member of the public may kill an animal they believe to be feral, be it a true feral cat or simply a family pet who enjoys time outdoors.

So those rifle-toting neighborhood cranks are going to have to switch from poisoning the neighborhood pets to clubbing them to death. Extra points if you do it in front of the pet’s 3-year-old owner. What a giant step forward this is in the fight to eradicate animal cruelty, Representative Oda.

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Here was The Colbert Report’s take on this insanity:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Mr. Smith Goes to the State Legislature Then Later Possibly Washington – Curtis Oda
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