Will Kentucky Become Number One in Bovine Bestiality Prevention?
Each year at the opening of the Kentucky General Assembly someone from the more conservative school presents legislation related to the prevention of animal abuse. Now that his party commands a voting majority it is only time before his proposal becomes law in the Commonwealth? One can only guess why this Representative sees a need for his bill? But, what of prevention of abuse for our children, for providing support for the professional Social Workers who risk, and sometimes lose, their lives in their efforts to protect abused children? The Boni Fredrick Bill, named for the Social Worker, who made the ultimate sacrifice has been signed but not adequately funded. To make matters worse, the party now commanding the House of Representatives saw it fitting to dismiss the previous House Health and Welfare Committee Chair Representative, Tom Burch, from his thirty year position, and removed him from the committee entirely. Certainly, no one in the House was more experienced these area, and yet he faced this disgraceful ouster. Apparently, the opposition party does not tolerate a voice for supporters of those who need expanded Medicaid services, or the Affordable Care Act? Hundreds of thousands will be excluded from needed health care.
Back to House Bill 143. It covers only a ban on sexual assault of pet dogs and cats, all other animals are excluded. Meanwhile, farmers prevent bulls from effective reproduction, and subject cows to artificial insemination. House Bill 132 would make the torture of dogs and cats a felony.
I am a pet owner, not a vegetarian, and by all means abhor bestiality and abuse of all animals. BUT, can't our Representatives establish some priorities in protecting the lives of two legged animals, and those professionals dedicated to removing the scourge of abuse in all its forms from the Commonwealth? Or is Kentucky on the road of becoming the number one state in the prevention of bovine bestiality?