Massachusetts Democrat files bill allowing hunters to be sued

Well, the trial lawyers, and animal rights dingbats would love this, normal people, with morals? Not so much

Via The Sportsmen’s Daily:

Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) recently introduced a bill that would allow private individuals to file a lawsuit for the “protection and humane treatment of animals.” This is of great concern for all sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners.

Animal cruelty is already a crime in Massachusetts just as it is across the country. Animal cruelty laws are enforced by experienced law enforcement officers, including local police forces and animal control officers, who are trained on what is and is not animal cruelty under the law and how to spot it.

Senate Bill 767 would end this proven system and instead give private citizens the ability to sue animal owners over what they perceive to be “animal cruelty” under the law.

“Under this bill, animal rights activists would be able to sue anyone – including sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners – whenever and wherever they think animal cruelty is being committed,” said Evan Heusinkveld, USSA’s Director of Government Affairs. “This could force sportsmen and women who have done nothing wrong to spend thousands of dollars to defend themselves against animal rights zealots looking to take them to court.”

For example, if an animal rights activist thinks common dog training practices—such as using a shock collar or tethering—are inhumane, they would now be able to sue the sporting dog owner or trainer claiming animal cruelty. Likewise, an activist that disapproves of certain farming practices could sue farmers for the practices they consider cruel. Even if a judge ultimately throws out the case, the animal’s owner will likely have had to spend a good deal of money and time fighting the bogus lawsuit.

“Enforcement of animal cruelty laws should be left in the hands of trained law enforcement officers and not be given to animal rights activists to harass law-abiding animal owners and private citizens,” said Heusinkveld.

Another Democrat sponsoring a bill that would certainly have unintended consequences. Another Democrat pushing a bill when there are already sufficient laws on the books. What a loathsome party the Democrats have become

3 thoughts on “Massachusetts Democrat files bill allowing hunters to be sued

  1. Got a solution to this. Let the PETA morons sue someone. After they lose, they are then responsible for ALL legal fees as well as appropriate punitive damages awarded to the successful defendant.

    1. Sounds good, except wouldn’t the defendant be liable for the money initially, unless some sort of hunter, dog owner, or farmer defense fund was set up or some lawyers would defer their fees until punitive damages were payed?

      1. Well, the best thing would be for this onerous legislation to get thrown out as well as the moron who proposed it.

        But if it does go through, then we must make it as painful as possible for the idiots that do sue and lose. Also, I’m pretty confident there are lawyers out there who would take up cases like this on a pro bono basis.

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