Beastly bingo: Bills allowing wolf killing, defining dangerous dogs and establishing felony animal cruelty offense introduced

Idaho is one of three states without a felony animal cruelty statute, but the livestock industry has so far rebuffed efforts to toughen the law. In 2010, a felony cruelty bill passed the Senate 34-1 but died in a House Committee.

Thursday, a bill sponsored by the Idaho Cattle Association and Idaho Wool Growers Association was introduced in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Stan Boyd, a lobbyist representing the groups, said the bill would allow prosecutors to charge a felony should a person commit three misdemeanor offenses in 15 years. Cruelty is defined as intentional infliction of pain, physical suffering or death.

Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said her group has not yet seen the bill, which was introduced on a voice vote. Kauffman said she's concerned the measure may be too weak. The other two states without felony animal cruelty laws are North Dakota and South Dakota.

A hearing will be held later on the new bill.

Two other animal bills were also introduced by the panel Thursday, with hearings to be scheduled later.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Jeff Siddoway, a Republican sheep rancher from Terreton, authored the bill that would make it easier for a rancher to kill wolves after an attack on his flock.

Siddoway began by declaring a conflict of interest, citing losses of $30,000 to $50,000 in the last three years to wolf kills of his sheep.

"This bill is a direct result of those losses," Siddoway said. He said the $100,000 available to compensate ranchers paid 32 cents on the dollar for claims last year because claims exceeded the fund's ability to pay.

Siddoway's bill would give ranchers 36 hours to hunt wolves after a livestock kill.

"You can basically go after them by any means available," Siddoway said. "And when I say 'get 'em' I mean kill 'em."

The bill would allow aerial hunting, use of any weapon, including artificial light night scopes on rifles. Live bait also would be permitted to lure wolves to traps. In Siddoway's case, the bait would be several of his sheep, corralled behind a temporary fence. Others might use dogs as bait, he said.

"It's not a cruelty deal, so I hope we don't get drug into that," Siddoway joked. "You'd what to keep that dog nice and fat and happy so he would bark and draw those wolves in."

Siddoway said finding and killing wolves is no easy thing. "I've been hunting wolves very hard for three years and I haven't got one. I haven't even seen one."

The third measure, by Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, would define a dangerous dog. The Senate passed a similar bill last year, but the House sought changes. Corder said he worked with the House in the interim.

Wyoma Clouss of the Idaho Dog Coalition supports the dangerous dog bill. "It defines them by their behavior, not by what they look like."

1328802549 Beastly bingo: Bills allowing wolf killing, defining dangerous dogs and establishing felony animal cruelty offense introduced Idaho Statesman Copyright 2014 Idaho Statesman . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Dangerous Dog

It will be illegal to own a weiner dog.
The most dangerous wolves in this country walk on two legs.

I thought they called them

Cougars! :D

I wonder if the animal cruelty law would apply to...

slaughterhouses and commercial chicken farms/egg-laying operations...

Depends

It all depends on who gets their foot in the door. If the wrong activists have the power, you can kiss rodeo goodby.

Has rodeo disappeared in any of the other states?

I'm pretty sure Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, etc. still have pretty active rodeo circuits.

Animal cruelty

This doesn't sound like a strong enough bill. The cruelty to animals law is a necessity. We have had many examples why this year & people are fed up with it; thus the thousands of signatures on the petitions for such a law. The legislatures could easily check on the other 47 states' laws to see what would work for everyone. This is one bill the people are demanding of their REPRESENTATIVES.

No, it's definitely not strong enough

Committing 3 misdemeanors before it's a felony? That's a joke. But what can you expect from legislation written by lobbyists? Hopefully it dies and the referendum proposed by http://idaho1of3.org/ gets on the ballot.

Gee Jeff,

I lost half of my chicken flock due to foxes last summer, could you please pass a bill for me? Also, when the $100,000 funding becomes available again for compensation, can you tell me how I can get my .32 cents on the dollar? tia

SSS!

That's all!

There's an invention to solve that fox problem

It's called "fencing". Keeps chickens in, keeps predators out. Google it, but don't be confused by the guys going at each other with swords. That's different.

You're brilliant!

Why not patent your idea, or better yet, have your fellow legislator dunces pass a law requiring fencing around the statehouse to keep you and them in.
I bet fencing would even work for Siddoway and the sheep industry. But then again, fencing in all of that taxpayer, public ground would be expensive.

Can't have it both ways

http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000513

Can't have rodeo AND animal cruelty laws. The jails can't hold everyone from the Snake River Stampede.

Dale Keys
Boise

Exaggeration does not become you

Since when do they only have rodeos in the three states without animal cruelty laws. Your statement only defeats your position.

take a breath, and relax

I think you may have missed the point entirely. Did you even read the article he linked?

http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000513

Wolf kills

I suppose anyone can make up statistics about elk, sheep, cattle etc. but the people whose job it is to keep an eye on those things say that wolves are not impacting hunting or livestock by any significant amount. If you want to plant your ranching butts out in an area where there is wildlife, then, dummies, be prepared to lose a few. As for you redneck jerks who ride around on ATV's and herd deer and want to be able to shoot from your vehicles, I hope your vehicles stall in the path of a grizzly! Leave the wolves alone! What's up with killing something for fun? Neanderthals!

Simple

That is mans make-up. The ultimate thrill killer.

Neanderthals

the wooves ate them too

Why

do people make silly assumptions and legislators make ignorant remarks about animal cruelty "keeping the dogs fat and happy to draw wolves in".And everyone thinks the initiative is about changing ID's lifestyle. How ridicules; why don't you read what it actually says at www.idaho1of3.org under the heading important. ALL NORMAL, LEGAL PRACTICES USED IN AG SETTINGS, dog training, rodeos, hunting, etc. are ALL protected and exempt!! (ID Code 25-3514) This has to do with people who torture animals, starve them to death, beat them, let them freeze to death, etc. when there is a reasonable rememdy to prevent such cruelty. Why does every other western state have felonies but ID has to be a bunch of scared, paranoid babies worried that someone is out to change their lifestyle; nothing could be further from the truth!

Unless...

Unless your lifestyle happens to be torturing kittens...then...watch out.

Siddoway

Jeez I hope this fool didn't breed. He is a disgrace to the human race. Double talk all around. Cruelty laws to lock people up who don't have an ounce of compassion is long overdue. Siddoway--I better not catch you on my property, I might think your a wolf :0

JobeMaha

Doubt that Senator Siddoway will ever set foot on your property. He owns more land than god and it is no trespassing (except for rich "hunters" who shoot domestic elk up against a fence).

Siddoway info

If you want more info about Senator Siddoway, google Juniper Mountain Ranch and Siddoway Sheep Company