Proposed Utah Bill Legalizes Clubbing, Shooting of Feral Animals

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Utah animal lovers are encouraged to keep pets secured and close to home. Republican Representative Curt Oda (R-Clearfield) has sponsored a new bill (H.B. 210) that would legalize “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.” The proposed legislation also allows for the use of a bow and arrow, shooting, clubbing or decapitating animals believed to be feral. Oda considers humane options (such as trapping and relocation) too costly and inefficient.

Opponents are quick to point out the obvious.

“The public is not trained to determine what a feral animal is,” said Utah Humane Society executive director Gene Baierschmidt. “By appearance it may not be feral. For a cat, if it’s not nice, it may just be an old cat.” Baierschmidt’s concern is that animals at large could be subject to wide scale, indiscriminate killings. “There’s going to be situations where people could be killing people’s pets and not even realizing it,” he said. “It just gives a lot of leeway and opens the door for a lot of abuse to take place.”

Clearfield City Police Department is actively investigating several threats that have been directed at Oda in reference to his sponsorship of H.B. 210. The threats have been received through e-mail communication with Representative Oda in the last few days, according to a press release from Clearfield Police Sergeant Kyle Jeffries.

Those opposed to the new legislation are encouraged to sign a petition at change.org.

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15 thoughts on “Proposed Utah Bill Legalizes Clubbing, Shooting of Feral Animals”

  1. This is one of the sickest things I have heard in a while. Sharing and signing the petition, people please don’t let this pass!

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  2. Oh the horror! Killing perfectly good companion animals! WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?!?!?!

    This is going to bring out the worst in people I can just see it now! There is no way for the average person to be able to determine whether an animal is feral or not. But the worst part is that feral dogs and cats can still be integrated into society with a small effort. I rehabilitated three feral Doberman puppies and they turned out just fine!!

    Ignorance is NOT bliss! We must wake up and demand better policy from our elected officials. This screams LAZY POLITICIANS to me!

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  3. For crying out loud, why not try to get a handle on reducing the number of newborn or other more humane methods of reducing the canine population. Man’s best friend doesn’t have it’s friendship returned does it?

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  4. That is just open season on house pets! Just insane! Scratch Utah off my list of places to visit or move to.

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  5. I’ve never visited Utah…and you can bet your bottom dollar that I never will if they pass such a law. Talk about taking a step backwards into the dark ages! This law will just make for open season on any and all pets.

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  6. Well put! I couldn’t believe this when I read it. “Reasonable belief” is so broad and subject to interpretation. How the heck do these people get elected?

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