Wild Life Of A Little Monster

Others are scared of me because of all the fun I have. Considered a vigilante by my Eponine.

Crime And Punishment

Pleased to announce that the Kansas legislature passed a bill making "egregious acts of animal cruelty" a felony. The bill has been sent to Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her signature.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, Kansas was in a class of nine states that has not provided police and prosecutors with an option to use felony level penalties for the most egregious acts of intentional animal cruelty. Those other states are Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.

Be clear that I live in Missouri, not Kansas. Our metro area is on both sides of the state line (there's actually two, a Kansas City in Missouri and a Kansas City in Kansas, but the "city" generally is Missouri). In 1990 I worked in a Kansas City suburb in Kansas, which is where my Eponine was when she picked me. Thus, she was probably a Kansan by birth. This legislation likely would have been an important issue to her. She was a political cat. Much more conservative than me, though.

The bill is nicknamed "Scruffy's Law" and had gone nowhere for years. But the recent very sad loss of Magnum renewed interest in the legislation.

There was debate on the matter, with approval not guaranteed. Check out dogsinthenews.com for a story earlier this month and a picture of the "good guy" championing the matter. Maybe a pic of Gov. Sebelius will be added soon.

3 Comments:

At April 04, 2006 8:01 PM, Blogger The Meezers said...

it's about time that these other states catch up and prosecute these horrible people who torture animals. the furry ones and I will say our prayers that the bill passes. - Meezers Mom

 
At April 05, 2006 8:18 AM, Blogger Laurence said...

All too familiar with the differences between Kansas and Missouri side. "God's Country" was where my parents lived ove rin Overland Park.

But I must admit, Jack Fiorella makes one hell of a BBQ.

 
At April 06, 2006 11:29 PM, Blogger Eponine's Cowboy said...

Meezer's Mom-I'll do my best to remember to update you when I hear about the bill's signature.

Laurence-Did you ever live in Overland Park? Eponine actually found me in OP, so it can't be all bad. But OP is for sure very OP. I suppose every metro area has a similar suburb.

I am certain I read one of the original places recently closed. I think it was Smokestack. The Fiorella's Jackstack is where I go most often. If you saw my belly, is obvious I can throw down some of that BBQ!

 

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