Looks Like Arkansas Will Finally Make Cruelty to Animals a Felony

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  1. KenH

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    Even the Arkansas Farm Bureau is supporting the bill this time. :thumbs:

    Bill to slap felony on animal cruelty

    BY CHARLIE FRAGO
    Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009

    Compromise and nearly a year of hard work have yielded a first offense felony animal-cruelty bill, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday, urging swift passage of a measure "everyone can support."

    Senate Bill 77, sponsored by Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, filed earlier in the day, has 58 cosponsors in the House and Senate, many of whom crowded into the Old Supreme Court room for a news conference.

    Twenty of the sponsors are senators, enough to pass the bill in the 35-member chamber, with the other 38 being House members, a few short of the 51 favorable votes needed for passage in the 100-member House.

    The bill's House co-sponsor, Rep. Pam Adcock, D-Little Rock, said before the meeting that Speaker Robbie Wills, D-Conway, supported the bill and she didn't expect any trouble getting it passed in the House. McDaniel said he has polled the House and Senate judiciary committees and has majorities favorable to the bill in both.

    Gov. Mike Beebe also supports the bill, McDaniel said.

    "No one had to give up their core values, but everyone had to compromise," McDaniel said.

    Madison and Adcock worked for a similar bill in 2007, which was defeated after the Arkansas Farm Bureau opposed it. The Farm Bureau supports this version.

    - rest at www.nwarktimes.com/adg/National/249507
     
  2. Jim1999

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    Good for them! I am all for animal protection everywhere. It is our responsibility.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  3. John Toppass

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    By protecting animals it allows us more choice in the cut of meat we serve at the table.
     
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    double post
     
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    At least cruelty to unborn babies is still legal.
     
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    Why do we have to raise a broken record in every single post? We are talking about dogs and cats and other pets.

    Try talking about the remedy rather than the fault we all seem to agree on. I truly hope sermons go better on Sundays!

    Cheers,

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  7. KenH

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    You are off topic, PL.
     
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    Why do we have to raise a broken record in every single post? We are talking about dogs and cats and other pets.

    It just goes to show the demented mind of many people. They will applaud the protection of animals to the point of making it a felony. Yet, will stand by in silence as millions of human babies are murdered in their mother's womb all in the name of choice. How pathetic can you get? And yes, I agree. It should be a felony in animal abuse cases just as it should be murder one for taking the life of another human being whether it is in or out of the womb.
     
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    It isn't raised in every single post. I rarely raise it in fact. Here, the issue of cruelty to unborn babies was raised in exactly one post in this thread when you posted. That is far from "every single post."

    According to many, unborn babies are just another kind of animal. So to raise a concern about them in a thread about abuse hardly seems inappropriate.

    When we consider that those who applaud a bill such as this (which is fine) and took great offense at hunting to the point of declaring that they would not vote for a governor who allowed aerial hunting of wolves but did vote for a Senator who allows the slaughter of unborn babies, it is entirely appropriate to point out the lack of values and perspective.

    On this weekend which has traditionally been called "Sanctity of Life Sunday" here in America because of the travesty of Roe over 30 years ago, it is a good time to raise again the issue and point out how unfortunate it is that babies aren't animals. If they were, they would probably get some protection.

    If you don't like it being brought up, free free not to read or comment. Some of us think human life is important. And when its relative value to animal life can be highlighted by laws such as this, it is a good thing.

    It is not off-topic, as someone claimed (perhaps hoping not to have to face the obvious problem created by contradictory positions). It is the topic. The life of animals is hardly more important than the life of babies. If you can't take the life of an animal without facing criminal charges, why should you be able to take the life of a baby?
     
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    Why horse and not cow, pig, or chicken?
     
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    Great points, PL. I guess some are only "one-issue" voters when it comes to animals, but not babies. Demented.
     
  12. KenH

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    I agree that abortion should be considered murder.
     

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