Cattle harassers beware. The Utah Legislature is getting closer to making it a crime, subject to jail time, to harass livestock.
HB217 won approval 4-0 in the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee on Thursday and now heads to the full Senate. It already won House approval.
Rep. Scott Chew, R-Jensen, said he drafted the bill after a group of youth harassed livestock in his county last summer and walked away with no charges. Not only were several calves killed, but video of the act was posted on social media.