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.
2) 2011 House Bill 1243 (Concerning crimes against animals belonging to another person) by admin on January 1, 2001