TEA Party Rep. Theresa Manzella (R-Ravalli) is sponsoring a bill would eliminate the ability of law enforcement to use animal shelter staff to assist in the rescue and sheltering of animals in cases of alleged animal cruelty and abuse. (HB 179) Apparently she believes one reason the bill is needed is that animal shelter workers are likely terrorists.
“During the past several years special interest extremism as characterized Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front has emerged as a serious terrorist threat.
The FBI estimates that these organizations have committed at least 600 criminal acts in the United states since 1996. resulting in damages in excess of $42 million. Today, those people who have been convicted of their crimes, of the damages in estimation of
$42 million, they work for the Humane Society of the United States.
One in particular, his goal is the total abolition of animal agriculture. I ‘d like you to keep that in mind.”
You can hear her speech, delivered on the floor of the Montana House of Representatives on February 16, 2015, on Youtube here:
This ludicrous conspiracy mongering is a disservice to Montanans. It is beneath us, and does not belong in Montana’s lawmaking process.
Meanwhile Republicans in the Montana state senators managed to vote down a good bill by Sen. Tom Facey (D-Missoula) last week that would have required animal abusers to pay a bond for the animals’ care after they have been removed by law enforcement. They managed to kill the common sense measure without calling anyone terrorists. That bill was SB 115.