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Colorado: House Ag panel kills bill on livestock abuse probes

The Colorado House Ag Committee Monday, Feb. 21, voted 12-1 to kill HB 1063, aimed at protecting ranchers from investigations by representatives of animal rights groups like the Humane Society, which is contracted by several state counties to investigate thousands of animal welfare cases annually.

Sponsored by Rep. Wes McKinley, the bill would have prevented anyone other than state or local governments from investigating alleged abuse cases involving livestock. Cases involving companion animals like dogs and cats would not be impacted by his bill, McKinley said.

He had expressed concern over Coloradans who reported being unfairly treated by animal welfare groups. He said he knows a woman cited for animal cruelty because a horse had mud on its feet. “One person got cited because they said her cow was 50 pounds underweight.”

However, several animal welfare groups testified against the bill at a Monday hearing.

The Colorado House Ag Committee Monday, Feb. 21, voted 12-1 to kill HB 1063, aimed at protecting ranchers from investigations by representatives of animal rights groups like the Humane Society, which is contracted by several state counties to investigate thousands of animal welfare cases annually.

Sponsored by Rep. Wes McKinley, the bill would have prevented anyone other than state or local governments from investigating alleged abuse cases involving livestock. Cases involving companion animals like dogs and cats would not be impacted by his bill, McKinley said.

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He had expressed concern over Coloradans who reported being unfairly treated by animal welfare groups. He said he knows a woman cited for animal cruelty because a horse had mud on its feet. “One person got cited because they said her cow was 50 pounds underweight.”

However, several animal welfare groups testified against the bill at a Monday hearing.

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