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Tue., Nov. 20, 2012, 1:48 p.m.

Idaho Animal Cruelty Law Insufficient

Here is the Idaho Statesman editorial that will run Wednesday re: monkey killing at Boise Zoo:

It isn’t the early morning break-in at Zoo Boise that outraged a community and drew national attention.  It’s what happened after the break-in. When authorities searched the zoo for the intruders, they heard groaning — but could not tell if they were hearing the sound of a human or an animal. Outside a primate cage, they found a 35-pound Patas monkey that had suffered blows to the head and neck. The monkey died from the beating. But on Monday, when 22-year-old Michael Watkins of Weiser was arrested in connection with the killing, animal cruelty was not among the charges. Watkins instead faces two felony charges of burglary and grand theft. ... Why no animal cruelty charge? Because Idaho’s recently rewritten animal cruelty law is so embarrassingly weak that it borders on useless. More here. (Boise Police Department booking photo of Michael J. Watkins, 22, a suspect in bludgeoning death of monkey)

Question: Does this case underscore the ridiculousness of Idaho's weak animal cruelty laws?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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