A friend alerted me to the fact that one of the thugs from Waupaca County who chased down and tortured five deer before killing them has managed to get all of the felony charges against him dropped.
Unsatisfied with the Journal's coverage (that appears to be a growing trend), I started to look around for more details, and found them at the Appleton Post Crescent:
Robby Kuenzi, 23, faced five felony charges of animal cruelty, but Judge John Hoffmann dismissed them Thursday after Kuenzi's attorney, Thomas Johnson, argued his client was actually hunting with his snowmobile in January. Johnson's argument was bolstered by the fact the state Department of Natural
Resourcescited Kuenzi for hunting out of season.
Cruelty to animal charges can't be levied against people who are hunting.
"The state says they were hunting," Johnson told The Post-Crescent on Friday. "And if they were, they can't be charged with cruelty charges."
Hoffmann left standing several misdemeanor charges and ordinance violations against Kuenzi.While I'm not a lawyer, I have two main reasons to call for an objection.
One, I do not consider running down with snowmobiles to be hunting. That is like saying the idiot kids that occasionally get arrested for clubbing raccoons or other animals at night for the thrill kill are hunting. Those that hunt at least can claim to have a purpose to their activity, i.e. getting food, eliminating a threat such as overpopulation, etc. These activities do not have a purpose except for the infliction of terror and pain on the animal.
Secondly, to say that hunting and cruelty to animals are completely separate notions is bogus. When I was a teenager, I had personally witnessed "a sportsman" who shot a deer, but did not kill it. Instead of expending a second round or using any other method to put the poor beast out of its misery, this dipshit sat on a stump, smoking a cigarette, watching the animal die a slow, painful, terror-filled death.
My grandfather, who was with me, confronted the man and asked what the hell he thought he was doing, letting the animal suffer. The "sportsman" said he did not want to waste the money on a second shell, nor did he want to ruin the hide with too many holes.
Grandpa immediately went home (which is now the northern castle), went back to the hunter, and put the deer down himself. Grandpa told the guy that the next time, he would come back with two shells, one for the animal, one to see how it worked as a rapidly injected suppository.
This story is only one example of how hunting and cruelty can occur at the same time.
My arguments may not satisfy a court of law, and they might not stand up against State Statutes, but then again, the law and justice don't always match up.