Dateline Friday, 2-25-2011:Utah H.B. 210, ironically named "Animal Cruelty Amendments" was passed Friday with a 44/28 majority of votes. The final amendment added was to make the bill applicable only in areas where hunting is allowed, which helped qualm concerns that owned cats might be targeted for killing. According to the article in the Deseret News, "Before the vote, Minority Assistant Whip Brian King, D-Salt Lake, said he is concerned the bill provides a loophole for individuals who want to 'satisfy their own perverse sense' by killing animals for pleasure."
While I find this entire piece of legislation appalling, the most distasteful part of it is reports that a number of the legislators "meowed," while placing their votes. This is not a laughing matter for Utah cat lovers. I sincerely hope that they will give heavy consideration to keeping their cats indoors-only.