colorado ballot issue: slaughter age for poultry and other livestock

colorado has an interest ballot issue for the next election. it is supposedly designed to “protect animals for unnecessary suffering and exploitation”. specifically, it involves revisions to statutes 18-9-201 (amending sections (2), (2.9), and (5), and adds section (3.5)) and revisions to 18-2-202 (adding section 1.9).

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statute 18-9-201: definitions

section 2 revisions include deleting the word ‘dumb’ and replacing it with ‘non-human’. makes sense to me. i never understood the use of the word ‘dumb’ in the first place since there are some pretty ‘dumb’ humans out there.

(2) “animal” means any living dumb non-human creature, including, but not limited to, a dog, a cat, a horse, livestock, a certified police working dog, a police working horse, and a service animal as those terms are defined, respectively, in subsections (2.3), (2.9), (2.4), and (4.7) of this section.

section 2.9 involves the addition of fish as a type of livestock. since fish are commercially farmed, i have no problem with that either.

(2.9) “livestock” means bovine, camelids, caprine, equine, ovine, porcine, fish and poultry.

section 3.5 is added to give the lifespan of livestock animals. i have a problem with the determinations of some of these lifespans. for example, it is highly unlikely that a broiler chicken could live for eight years. it would have died of a heart attack long before that or the excess weight will result in serious leg issues. they are not meant to live more than 8-10 weeks. they are a genetic hybrid cross and will likely never be able to reproduce. the males will be too big to mount the females to mate and the hens are unlikely to produce many eggs anyway. the same can be said for commercial meat turkeys. this information on lifespan estimates is important in relation to additions to section 18-9-202 which will be discussed later.

(3.5) “natural lifespan” for the following species shall be explicitly defined here based on statistical estimates: a cow lives to 20 years, a chicken lives to 8 years, a turkey lives to 10 years, a duck lives to 6 years, a pig lives to 15 years, a sheep lives to 15 years, a rabbit lives to 6 years.

section 5 deals with sex with animals and i won’t even discuss that.

(5) “sexual act with an animal” means an act between a person and an animal involving either direct physical contact between the genitals of one and the mouth, anus, or genitals of the other. sexual act with an animal also includes any intrusion or penetration, however slight, with an object or part of a person’s body into an animal’s anus or genitals. a sexual act with an animal may be proven without allegation or proof of penetration. nothing in this subsection (5) shall be construed to prohibit any person from dispensing care to an animal in the interest of improving that animal’s health accepted animal husbandry practices.

statute 18-9-201.5: scope of part 2

they remove ‘accepted animal husbandry practices .. for livestock’ as an exception to the new cruelty to animal laws.

(1) nothing in this part 2 shall affect accepted animal husbandry practices utilized by any person in the care of companion or livestock animals or in the extermination of undesirable pests as defined in beplayapp网页 7 and 10, and 43 of title 35, c.r.s.

statute 18-9-202: cruelty to animals – aggravated cruelty to animals

the newly added section dictates that people can only slaughter food animals after they have lived one-quarter of their natural lifespan. that would mean, based on the lifespans given in 18-9-201 section 3.5, chickens cannot be slaughter until they are at least two years old. that is a pretty tough chicken, regardless of the breed. similarly, turkeys would need to be at least 2.5 years old and ducks would need to be at least 1.5 years old (trying plucking that duck!). if you like pork, it would have to come from a pig that is at least 3.75 years old. same for sheep – they would have to be 3.75 years old, so no more lamb for sale. for beef, the cow would need to be five years old (that is a tough steak!). it is interesting that they added fish to the definition of livestock, but don’t give a natural lifespan that species.

(1.9) any person who slaughters livestock in accordance with accepted agricultural animal husbandry practices does not violate the provisions of subsection (1) of this section so long as the animal has lived one quarter of their natural lifespan based on species, breed, and type of animal and the animal is slaughtered in such a way that the animal does not needlessly suffer.

the next law is to be called wilbur’s law. i guess that is from wilbur in the charlotte’s web story.

(4) the short title of this section is “punky’s wilbur’s law”.

the low would take effect on april 1, 2023. i wouldn’t want to purchase any meat produced in colorado after that date! but i guess that is what the animal rights people want – to shut down meat production in the state. so much for animal welfare considerations though.

section 4. effective date: this act takes effect april 1 st 2023, and applies to offenses committed on or after said date.

3 replies to “colorado ballot issue: slaughter age for poultry and other livestock”

  1. hello:
    thanks for calling attention to the colorado treatment of animals initiative ballot issue. wow! i have many friends who probably would have supported this initiative because they “love animals”. unfortunately most people are no longer familiar with standard livestock beplay官网全站苹果 and meat production practices. too many people have no idea where their food comes from or how it got there. fortunately, the initiative did not make it to the voters. about three weeks after you posted this article, the colorado supreme court ruled that this initiative violated colorado’s single-subject rule. since the proposed initiative tried to cover too many topics (bestiality as well as slaughter age), it was struck down. please see for details.

    however, i am confident that the proponents of the initiative will try again, especially since it was struck down on a technicality. their website ( is still active, and makes no mention of the fact that the initiative was struck down. the website does not discuss slaughter age at all and simply emphasizes that the proposed initiative would extend to livestock the same treatment standards already afforded pets. (i doubt that there are any existing laws in colorado dictating at what age one may euthanize their pet.)

  2. the low would take effect on april 1, 2023. i wouldn’t want to purchase any meat produced in colorado after that date!
    but i guess that is what the animal rights people want – to shut down meat production in the state. so much for animal welfare considerations though.

  3. these people are ridiculous. if they were truly for “animal rights” as they claim to be, they would consider that many of the animals raised for their meat are not bred to live the long life of their “pasture pet” counterparts. they would understand that (for instance) a cornish cross meat bird or a meat turkey, forced to live more than 1/4 of their heritage breed counterparts will suffer for their entire life…not by the hands of their handler, but due to the fact that their weight will crush their bones, and their circulatory system will not be able to keep up with their growth and the extra work that must be done to keep the animal alive. these are rich urbanites who take these actions to feel morally superior to all who surround them, they have no actual concern for animals, they just want to force everyone to live like them, because they truly believe they are superior to all others. i feel sad for them.

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