Don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are many atrocities in the world, but I’ve always viewed people who are mean to and/or abuse animals to be some of the most vile and disgusting people on the planet. How anyone can purposely mistreat, abuse, or torture animals is nauseating. So it goes without saying that I’m strongly in favor of much stricter punishments for those who carry out heinous acts against animals — a stance I believe most decent human beings would agree with, as well.
Well, leave it to Republicans to turn a bill focused on increasing penalties on animal abusers into some pathetic partisan nonsense about abortion.
As reported by the Austin American-Statesmen:
Voting to add an abortion-related amendment Tuesday, the Texas House pulled the teeth from a bill intended to enhance criminal penalties for torturing and killing pets.
Senate Bill 762 sought to raise the penalty to a third-degree felony, which has a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, for the worst types of animal abuse.
Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, was outraged by the attempt to increase the punishment, saying abortion regulations recently approved by the House would make it only a state jail felony, with up to two years in jail, for abortion doctors who perform a “partial-birth” or a “dismemberment” abortion.
Texas Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) didn’t mince words when addressing Tinderholt, calling out his ignorance about criminal law.
“What we let happen on the floor here today is you let someone who doesn’t understand criminal law change criminal law,” Moody said. “You’re going to let someone change criminal law who has no clue how that works.”
To understand how awful and incompetent Tinderholt is, look no further than his failed efforts earlier this year to propose a bill that would have banned abortion. Then there’s always the complaint he filed two years ago against the Texas judge who allowed the state’s first gay marriage — after another judge overturned the state’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to marry. He argued the judge who allowed the marriage was violating the law, which doesn’t make any sense considering Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage had just been overturned. This all took place a few months before the Supreme Court ultimately ruled that bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional.
However, what made Tinderholt’s objection to the judge allowing the state’s first gay marriage to proceed worse than most of the usual Republican ignorance about gay marriage is that this hypocrite is on his fifth marriage!
Nothing like claiming you’re someone who is “defending of the sanctity of Biblical marriage”… while having four ex-wives.
This is what Republicans do. Instead of simply allowing this bill to pass so that people who bash animal’s heads in, drag them behind cars, or set them on fire face much stiffer penalties, this lowlife chose to turn this into some ridiculous partisan rant about abortion.