On Monday, the Colorado House Agriculture Committee voted 12-1 to close the book on House Bill 1063. This bill and its sponsor wanted to prevent non-profit organizations such as the Humane Society from investigating cases of animal cruelty.
Rep. Wes McKinley (D-Walsh) was quoted by the KDVR.com as saying – “I don’t like the idea of special interest groups enforcing things they don’t know anything about.”
So the first-ever, brand new Pack of Putrid Punditry Award goes to McKinley. I know where he’s trying to go, but it’s a big swing and a miss. Actually, groups like the Humane Society and the ASPCA are highly qualified to investigate animal cruelty.
I’d rather have someone who is an expert in checking for signs of insect and rat infestation and germs inspecting the restaurants I frequent – not so much someone who is merely an excellent cook.
KDVR does report that McKinley says his bill did not include investigations for abuse of dogs and cats. But horses would still be at risk. The real mission of this bill was to leave investigations of cruelty up to budget-strapped local and state governments. McKinley knows this will cut down on the number of cases uncovered and investigated.