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Senate Passes First ID Felony Animal Cruelty Law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Senate has approved the state's first felony animal cruelty bill, putting Idaho in position to join 48 other states that impose tougher penalties on mistreating domestic and farm animals.

If the legislation is signed by the governor, only the Dakotas would lack such a law. Senate lawmakers voted 24-11 to approve the plan, which makes a third animal cruelty conviction a felony and also makes it a felony to organize cockfighting events accompanied by drugs and gambling.

The move has been pushed by animal rights groups who have threatened to put stiffer animal cruelty penalties before voters. Rogerson Sen. Bert Brackett backed the measure, saying it will protect against future attacks by animal rights groups.

The bill exempts normal animal production practices, earning its support from livestock producers.

 

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