Hunters, gun rights group call for veto of animal cruelty board bill
MONTPELIER — Hunters and a gun rights group want Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) to veto a bill that creates an animal cruelty investigation board potentially staffed with members from anti-hunting organizations.
Gun Owners of Vermont is calling for a veto of H.533 over an amendment that was quietly attached and approved during the last day of the legislative session.
That amendment calls for the creation of a statewide Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board, an 11-member panel to investigate animal cruelty cases in Vermont.
The gun group opposes the bill because it passed without proper vetting by legislative committees, and because lobbyists for the Humane Society of the United States advocated staffing the board with members of animal welfare organizations.