Saturday, February 09, 2008

Another dog shot to death - Sen. Allen Christensen shrugs

This post is a little harsher than most, but this Henry's Law travesty really has our blood boiling. KSL is reporting that, for the second time in two days, someone's dog has been shot to death. Our GOP legislators don't care, of course. Under SB117, this act wouldn't qualify as a felony, unless the nutjob happened to have been convicted of another animal cruelty offense in the past five years.

The Amicus has an important post about this offensive bill -- which actually lowers protections from existing law -- and what we should do. also has updates.

Maybe the bill's sponsor, Allen Christensen (R-Ogden), should read his own website. It says: "The Utah Legislature needs level-headed, honest, compassionate leaders who listen to the people they represents [sic]." Most Utahns want meaningful consequences when some sicko puts his girlfriend's dog in an oven, or stabs a neighbor's pet through a fence, or shoots a puppy in its own yard.

Christensen, by the way, is a pediatric dentist. If he really thinks that animal torture is no big deal, please keep him away from our children -- and our pets.


twclay said...

Perhaps it's not that he dislikes animals. Perhaps it's because he dislikes the proposed legislation?

No one that I know (including many Republicans in our legislature) has a problem with convicting that nut-job who put Henry in the oven of a felony. THAT isn't the problem.

The problem is the definition of "torture" and "cruelty to animals" is very vaguely defined. The standard "what-if" scenarios are too possible, and that bothers many of us.

Help Us said...

It isn't that the definitions are vague. Rather, it is that the farmers are worried they will be forced into humane practices. I was at the special session. I stood with Christensen, Gibson and Davis. I specifically heard that argument made to Davis. California has led the way in fighting animal abuse and torture; Gibson and Christensen are trying to stop Utah from following.

"What if" scenarios do not apply. Logic follows that if you enable a prosecutor the option to employ a felony when considering punishment, he or she will make a decision. We are not talking mandatory minimums...we are saying quit giving the prosecutors empty tool bags!

Anonymous said...

sen christensen should be voted out of office. anyone without a heart does not deserve to be in office.

Anonymous said...

he was my dentist and i liked him so what if he doesnt feel the same way as you do about dogs.. he can do that

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Anonymous said...

This is the same a$$hole who proposed a tobacco tax that doomed SLC institution Jeanie's Smoke Shop. Here was his comment:

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, was the chief Senate sponsor of the tobacco tax bill. "I have sympathy for anybody who has a business anyplace who is impacted by government," he said. "But I'm sorry, I don't have as much sympathy for someone in the tobacco business."

Christensen says he didn't realize the inventory tax would affect retailers. "I was under the impression that it was going to be paid at the wholesale level," he said.

But Charlie Roberts of the Utah Tax Commission says retailers are clearly covered by the law. "It's inherent in the law, it's clear. The Legislature discussed in detail the inventory tax as part of this bill."

Christensen says lawmakers often hand off the idea for a bill to legislative researchers.

"It was a simply a matter of I hadn't read the bill just recently and understood it," Christensen said.

Klc said, "Senator Christian is kind of a puppet for the health department, and he doesn't know what he's doing."

"I can think of a lot worse things to be a puppet for than the health department of the state," Christensen said in response. "They are charged with watching out for the health and welfare of this state."