Lawmakers pass bill on livestock killing

Lawmakers pass bill on livestock killing

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make it illegal to kill someone else's livestock.

While killing or hurting livestock is already illegal under other criminal statutes, Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, says he wanted a bill specifically about the killing of ranchers' cattle, sheep, horses or other animals that produce revenue.

House Bill 240, passed Thursday, provides for charges that can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the cost of the livestock. The bill now goes to the governor.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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