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. Helpushelpthem.org 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.