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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?

Crash Claims Ex-Monkey Smuggler

A woman who smuggled a monkey from Thailand to Spokane in 2007 died late Tuesday or early Wednesday when her pickup truck went off the road four miles south of Northport. Gypsy R. Lawson, 31, of Northport, was driving south on state Route 25 possibly around midnight, when her 1986 Nissan pickup went off the road to the right in a left-hand curve, the Washington State Patrol reported. The pickup rolled over and hit some trees. The crash was not discovered until morning. Lawson, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Lawson and her mother were convicted by a federal jury in December 2008 of smuggling an exotic monkey into the United States. Lawson hid the young rhesus macaque monkey under her blouse and pretended to be pregnant while passing through U.S. customs after visiting Thailand in November 2007 with her mother, Fran Ogren of Northport/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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