In what can only be described as “typical Idaho Legislative behavior,” we take note of the recent actions of the Idaho Legislature regarding humane treatment of animals.
Under pressure from humane society advocates, a bill making animal cruelty a felony for repeat offenders is sailing through the lawmaking process. As it stands, it looks like it takes a third offense to make it a felony.
But, just so you don’t get the idea these learned lawmakers are sissy boys who have forgotten their Western Heritage, they have also introduced another bill that would allow cattle and sheep ranchers
to use LIVE BAIT to attract wolves so they can shoot them dead. They can also use night vision goggles, airplanes, and parachutes.
Here is how Jeff Siddoway, a sheep ranching legislator explained things at a recent committee meeting where he introduced the bill.
Using his wife’s dog, “Sophie,” as an example, (no self respecting rancher would own a dog named Sophie) Siddoway said he would tie the pup on a 20-30 foot chain and then set up nearby with a rifle in a blind.
Using a recording of howling wolves he said, “You try to get Sophie to chime in with the wolves. If they come down, you just start shooting.”
Under the provisions of the law ranchers can also use the Easter Bunny, Bambi, pet kittens, and fuzzy lambs as bait. The bill doesn’t specify what type of “live bait” can be used, but there are some who might suggest legislators qualify–especially if they are on a 20 foot chain.
WEDNESDAY February 29 Update–
SOPHIE IS SAFE FOR NOW
Rep. Siddoway pulled his bill Tuesday, sparing Sophie any trauma or humiliation, according to the Daily Paper’s ROCKY BARKER.
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