Bull baiting bill not appearing ready, Utah legislator proposes for killing horses instead

January 20, 2011

You couldn’t make this stuff up, and if you did, you should see a therapist.

As the Utah 2011 legislative session gets underway, state Rep. Curt Oda wasted no time in introducing a bill that reflects his legislative priority. He is not using his position as a legislator, however, to try to create jobs, improve schools, or protect children, for example. Instead, his bill, H.B. 210,  encourages the torture and killing of animals.

Oda wants to amend the state’s animal cruelty law, Section 76-9-301, to exempt “pests” and “feral” animals from the definition of animal. This means that to the extent they were protected, these animals would no longer be protected by the state’s animal cruelty law. Oda is reported to have told a local newspaper that “feral” animals and “pests” could be shot with a bow and arrow, for example, decapitated or clubbed to death.

Why kill horses with such brutality?  Dog fighting and cock fighting clearly wouldn’t fly?  Bear baiting won’t work — not enough bears?  Surely there are more humane ways to deal with “pest” animals.

Texas Democrats mobilize against Foolish Five Budget Cuts

January 20, 2011

I get e-mail, some of it that offers hope.  This one came from Boyd Richie, chair of the Texas Democratic Party:

Dear fellow Democrat,

Earlier this week, the State House version of the budget proposal was set out in black and white.  The cost of ten years of Republican rule: a $27 billion budget deficit.

Governor Rick Perry wants Texans to believe the massive budget shortfall is simply the result of the recession – but this is not true.  The tax package the Republican-controlled legislature passed in 2006 created a permanent structural deficit that led to the budget crisis facing our state, and now they refuse to take responsibility.

Texas Democrats stand up for the interests of our working families.  We demand a quality education for our children because we know this is the key to their ability to compete for the good jobs of tomorrow.  However, these budget cuts place public education and other issues critical to Texas’ future economic security under attack.  They are short-sighted, hostile to our state’s children and elderly and bound to weaken employment and economic growth:

“The Foolish Five” Proposed Cuts


  • 9,600 state jobs eliminated that could cause the loss of 14,400 more jobs.  Economist Ray Perryman explained that every lost public sector job creates a “multiplier effect”, resulting in an additional 1.5 jobs lost.


  • $1.15 BILLION reduction in Closing the Gap programs, designed to attract students to study in fields that help Texas’ economy. These cuts will negate over one million new jobs and $122 billion in personal income that economist Perryman calculated these programs would create by 2030.


  • $9.8 BILLION in cuts from our public schools
  • Elimination of Pre-K Early Start and Early Childhood School Ready program funding, meaning that nearly 200,000 kids will be kicked off these important school-readiness programs.


  • $1.57 BILLION cut in nursing home payments

As Democrats, our numbers are down but we are not out – and we will fight these cuts every day on behalf of our working families.


Boyd L. Richie
Boyd L. Richie
Texas Democratic Party

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