July 23, 2009
Snowsled Deer Slaughter Case Prompts New Legislation
By Dave Hurteau
From Wisconsin’s WBAY ABC 2 News:
A Waupaca County judge suspended the felony case against Nicholas Hermes, one of three men accused of running down deer with snowmobiles. . . .
Animal mistreatment charges were dropped against brothers Robby and Rory Kuenzi after two different judges ruled the men cannot be charged with both illegal hunting and animal mistreatment.
The state Department of Justice is appealing those decisions.
State lawmakers are also stepping in, angry that there's an apparent loophole in the laws.
A number of legislators are drafting bills to make it clear that intentionally killing wild animals with motor vehicles is an act of cruelty . . . .
Kaufert himself has drafted a bill making it clear wild animals do fall under the animal cruelty statutes. . . .
"The bottom line is this: I don't think there's anyone around who would say a snowmobile is a legitimate way to go deer hunting," Kaufert said.
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