If there is a silver lining to current media attention on the criminality of dogfighting, it has to be the attention that people themselves are putting on dogfighting in general. The fruits of this attention may begin to pay off in Idaho.
There are only two states where dogfighting is not a felony; Idaho and Wyoming. And, until recently, it looked as if it would remain that way, even though Idaho Representative Tom Trail had been trying to make dogfighting a felony in Idaho for three years. He was ready to give up the fight, each time the bill dying in committee.
But since the media has been zeroed in on Michael Vick and his dogfighting enterprise, people everywhere (including Idaho) are picking the bill back up, but this time with a lot more support. Idaho Governor Butch Otter is backing the idea, and Representative Trail has heard it from his constituency loud and clear: “I’d say nine-tenths of my e-mail, phone calls and mail all revolve around this issue.”
Of course, if there is to be a silver lining, the story can’t be forgotten now that Mr. Vick has plead guilty. The media at large may have a short attention span, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to join them. Keep your eye on the ball, Idaho.
Idaho readers are welcome to update us on progress in the comments. Wyoming, too. There’s no reason there should be a state in the union where it isn’t a felony to participate in this barbaric non-sport.
Source: Spokesman Review
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