Bill in Colorado detrimental to animal welfare voted down in committee

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.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. 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.”

    Priceless…

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  2. Good post, but I think you have missed the point of what Ol’ Cowboy Wes is up to. You have to remember he is part and parcel of a mindset that deeply resents anything seen as interference by the government – any government at any level in a rather skewed interpretation of ‘private property.’ It’s all tied in to the people opposed to the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Manuever Site. These people literally see the United States Army as ‘the common enemy’ – PCEOC spokesperson Jim Herrell said as much just the other day. They see the closing of the Fort Lyon facility as part of a plot on the part of Denver politicians to eliminate businesses in southeastern Colorado so as to – by extension – eliminate opposition to the opposition (yeah, I know, but it’s right there in the Lamar Ledger Online this week). They see military training flights as a continuation of that plot against them, which is why McKinley sponsored his own version of “Stop the WhopWhop”, another of his bills that was soundly slapped down in committee this week.

    Of course, all that rugged individualism doesn’t preclude our farming and ranching neighbors from digging deep into the government’s pockets for those USDA subsidies. That’s different, you see. That’s a ‘taking’ they can live with.

    Cowboy Wes’ ‘mission’ here is to pander to the paranoid constituency that elected him … barely elected him, as he won by only a few votes, nearly losing to a transplanted California lawyer ‘hobby rancher.’

    Hopefully next election we can show Ol’ Cowboy Wes the door.

    Some sources for the comments above:

    http://www.gazette.com/articles/brings-113170-year-closer.html
    http://www.lamarledger.com/ci_17444857
    http://lajuntablog.blogspot.com/2010/11/twit-in-general-assembly.html
    http://lajuntablog.blogspot.com/2011/02/cowboy-wes-gets-bitch-slapped.html

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    • Posted by Tom Grady on February 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Thank you for the added info on the story. Looks like it’s about everything but the welfare of the animals.

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