Animal Cruelty Bill Passes Through House


The Idaho House voted to advance landmark legislation this morning, which, if approved by the Senate and Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, would see animal cruelty as a felony in Idaho.

House Bill 650 would make organized cockfighting a first-offense felony if illegal drugs or gambling are involved, and a second-offense felony if razor-sharp gaffs or chemical enhancements are used. Additionally, the measure would make torturing animals a third-offense felony.

Currently, Idaho law sees the crimes as misdemeanors. According to the Idaho Humane Society, the Gem State ranks 50th in animal protection rankings.

Today's vote was 64-4 in favor of the legislation.

The bill now heads to the Idaho Senate for consideration.