Law urged to protect farmers when cows get loose

Monday, June 24, 2013 | 7:36 a.m. CDT; updated 3:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 24, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A cattle producers' group wants Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to sign legislation relaxing potential penalties when livestock get loose.

Livestock producers currently can be charged with misdemeanor animal neglect if they fail to provide adequate care or control that results in substantial harm to an animal.

A bill pending before Nixon would apply the animal neglect charge only to inadequate care — not poor control.

Instead, the bill creates a new offense of animal trespass, defined as knowingly failing to provide adequate control of animals for at least 12 hours. It would be an infraction on a first offense and a misdemeanor only for repeat offenders.

The Missouri Cattlemen's Association says the bill could spare producers from being made criminals when cows walk over a fence.

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Michael Williams June 24, 2013 | 8:26 a.m.

Kinda funny, actually.

You can be a criminal if your cow is out at 2 am......

but not your kids.

Eating the lawn must be a more serious offense than I thought.

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Ellis Smith June 24, 2013 | 9:13 a.m.

In the early 1950s there were a few Missouri Ozarks counties that were still "open range." There were highway signs declaring so. If you encountered a bovine jaywalker, the bovine had the right-of-way. This is still true in parts of New Mexico.

Tourists traveling by automobile in the Republic of Mexico (as well as Mexican citizens) are advised never to drive outside cities at night. One reason is the possibility of banditos, but a more common problem is collisions with wandering livestock (also a problem in Central America).

Not only will the motorist or motorist's insurance have to pay for damage to their vehicle but they may be hauled before local aurhorities and made to pay cash for the dead cow.(Driving during the daytime can be hairy enough.)

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