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2011 House Bill 1243: Concerning crimes against animals belonging to another person
  1. Introduced by Rep. Joel Kretz, (Wauconda) (R) on January 17, 2011, creates a class C felony for intentionally killing or harming another’s livestock. This act allows the owner of livestock damaged by such conduct to file a civil lawsuit and collect triple the amount of damages if prevailing. This act also adds livestock to the class of animals protected under current animal cruelty laws.
    • Referred to the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee on January 17, 2011.
      • Substitute offered in the House on February 10, 2011, elminates the malicious killing or harming of wildlife from the underlying bill. The definition of "livestock" includes bison in addition to the other animals listed. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 10, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 15, 2011.
  2. Passed 97 to 0 in the House on February 26, 2011, to create the crime of maliciously killing or causing substantial bodily harm to livestock belonging to another person. Establishes a civil cause of action for damages for owners of livestock killed or harmed by another person.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 1, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 1, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 31, 2011.
  4. Passed 49 to 0 in the Senate on April 5, 2011, creates the crime of maliciously killing or causing substantial bodily harm to livestock belonging to another person. Establishes a civil cause of action for damages for owners of livestock killed or harmed by another person.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 14, 2011, creates the crime of maliciously killing or causing substantial bodily harm to livestock belonging to another person. Establishes a civil cause of action for damages for owners of livestock killed or harmed by another person.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 1243 (Concerning crimes against animals belonging to another person)  by Paul S. on January 18, 2011 

 While the wording appears subtle, it is a dangerous slope. This bill would open the door to giving legal status to animals. It should also EXCLUDE livestock off the owners property and causing damage or creating a danger. If the intent is to up the ante on animal abuse it needs to be reworded. It also create yet ANOTHER felony in a legal system overloaded with felonies for unsociable acts.



2011 House Bill 1243 (Concerning crimes against animals belonging to another person)  by admin on January 1, 2001 
Introduced in the House on January 17, 2011

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