Utah lawmakers fail to protect the horses. http://rtfitchauthor.com/2015/02/26/utah-lawmakers-back-off-horse-tripping-ban/
It all started with Representative Ken Ivory, who is identified in the above story as a horseman, introducing a bill that would have banned horse tripping. Apparently Ken lacks balls because he backed down to the pressure and changed the whole bill. Horse tripping is now allowed if the organizers register their event and then report back on any injuries. Because that is going to help the horses. Ken you are not a horseman, you are not even a good man. Any person who can look at this video and accept what is done to those horses is not a good person.
And to the people attending this event, who laughed and clapped and cheered, there is a really special place in hell for you that is particularly hot. Where the devil wanders around and randomly makes you run and then pulls your feet out from underneath you.
I do not understand how anyone who sits astride a horse can look at that event and say that is something I want to participate in. They are clearly someone who is incapable of any empathy and compassion and I put their mentality right up there with animal abusers who go on to abuse spouses, children and become serial murders.
That is why Ken you are not a horseman, not even close. You may ride horses and you may care for horses, but if you had the ability to stop that and you didn’t because someone gelded you, then you are not a horseman. I don’t want to hear the excuse that by banning horse tripping it is a slippery slope to banning all rodeo. Then maybe it all should be banned. If at any time an animal is abused in the name of “sport” than it shouldn’t be allowed.
Speaking of abuse your state does have abuse laws on the books Ken. I know your job is to make laws not enforce them but wouldn’t banning horse tripping just give a clearer image of what Utah thinks is acceptable and what is not. 13 other states have banned horse tripping and it seems their rodeos have not suffered. But you are a little chicken shit that couldn’t quite get it done, and you are the “horseman”. Texas had the cajones to ban it, and their rodeo is alive and well.
Looking at Utah’s abuse laws though is horrific, there are so many exceptions that why do they even have them. Maybe you should get on that too Ken? Utah has decided that:
(ii) “Animal” does not include:
(A) a live, nonhuman vertebrate creature, if:
(I) the conduct toward the creature, and the care provided to the creature, is in accordance with accepted animal husbandry practices; and
(II) the creature is:
(Aa) owned or kept by a zoological park that is accredited by, or a member of, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association;
(Bb) kept, owned, or used for the purpose of training hunting dogs or raptors; or
(Cc) temporarily in the state as part of a circus or traveling exhibitor licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture under 7 U.S.C. 2133;
(B) a live, nonhuman vertebrate creature that is owned, kept, or used for rodeo purposes, if the conduct toward the creature, and the care provided to the creature, is in accordance with accepted rodeo practices;
(C) livestock, if the conduct toward the creature, and the care provided to the creature, is in accordance with accepted animal husbandry practices or customary farming practices; or
So if Billy Bob can get Earl to say that beating the horse to train him is an “accepted animal husbandry practice” Then Billy Bob has a legal defense. Same as if he starves a horse to death or withholds water and the horse gets impacted. Oh it is an “accepted animal husbandry practice” nothing to see here. WHAT?! Why can’t you mandate what constitutes abuse like most states do. Why have you redefined what an “animal” is. What is wrong with Utah? No wonder they couldn’t get the balls together to pass a horse tripping ban. They don’t think anything is abuse if it is accepted. Should I go digging into your domestic violence laws too Utah? I mean it used to be acceptable to stone women to death. Is that still allowed in your state?
Since I have already compared Utah to Texas in the horse tripping sense then let’s compare your shitty laws to theirs:
§ 42.09. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly: (1) tortures an animal; (2) fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, care, or shelter for an animal in the person’s custody; (3) abandons unreasonably an animal in the person’s custody; (4) transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner; (5) kills, seriously injures, or administers poison to an animal, other than cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or goats, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner’s effective consent; (6) causes one animal to fight with another; (7) uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack; (8) trips a horse; (9) injures an animal, other than cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or goats, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner’s effective consent; or (10) seriously overworks an animal. (b) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the actor was engaged in bona fide experimentation for scientific research. (c) For purposes of this section: (1) “Abandon” includes abandoning an animal in the person’s custody without making reasonable arrangements for assumption of custody by another person. (2) “Animal” means a domesticated living creature and wild living creature previously captured. “Animal” does not include an uncaptured wild creature or a wild creature whose capture was accomplished by conduct at issue under this section. (3) “Cruel manner” includes a manner that causes or permits unjustified or unwarranted pain or suffering. (4) “Custody” includes responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of an animal subject to the person’s care and control, regardless of ownership of the animal. (5) “Necessary food, care, or shelter” includes food, care, or shelter provided to the extent required to maintain the animal in a state of good health. (6) “Trip” means to use an object to cause a horse to fall or lose its balance.
While there are some weird things in there, like is ok to posion, kill or injure another person’s animal as long as it is cattle, horses, sheep, swine or goats and the owner consents. Seriously who writes these things? And that people doing research are exempted. What they didn’t do is give abusers an out. They didn’t reclassify “animals” to allow for abuse.
Ken, the non-horseman, you need to get on this. You need to tell these abusers that this is not ok. That we are not going to treat animals in this fashion. You need to grow some balls and do the right thing. Unless you are particularly fond of hot places and your feet being pulled out from underneath you.