Utah bill would permit shooting feral animals

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah legislator wants to change the state’s animal cruelty law to make it legal to shoot and kill feral animals.

Clearfield Republican Rep. Curt Oda says that feral animals shouldn’t be protected by a state law that makes animal cruelty a felony.

Under House Bill 210, the humane killing of feral animals, pests and rodents would be exempt from the animal cruelty law. Oda says that would include any method that kills the animal with minimal suffering. He says that includes shooting, clubbing or decapitating some animals.

Animal Advocacy Alliance of Utah’s executive director Anne Davis says that feral animals are intentionally protected by the current law.

Davis says there is no humane way for people to kill a feral animals. To control populations, the animals should be fixed.


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