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When the law is an ass and the law-makers are donkeys then judges have to be mules

September 24, 2013

A horse is a vicious species apparently.  I am not sure what the legal definition of a “naturally vicious species” might be, but if it includes a horse then the definition is an ass and any judge applying such a definition would be a mule. The law-makers who put such a definition in place would of course then be donkeys.

Connecticut Post: 

The owner of a horse farm on Wheelers Farms Road in Milford said he will be in Hartford on Tuesday when the state Supreme Court hears arguments about whether his horses — and all horses in Connecticut — should be classified as a “naturally vicious species.”

The court case dates to 2006, when one of Timothy Astriab’s horses at his Glendale Farms operation bit a toddler on the cheek. Astriab says he is not sure which of his half-dozen horses bit the child. 

“The horse is still here,” Astriab said Monday afternoon at the farm. “The parents couldn’t identify which horse did it.”

As Astriab describes it, the incident happened when a father, visiting the farm to buy plants, held his 1½-year-old son up to the horse, which was on the other side of a fence. The boy, at the urging of his parents, might have been attempting to feed the animal some grass, Astriab suggested.

“I wasn’t here at the time,” said Astriab, but the signs are clearly visible on his property: “Do not feed or pet the horses.” …..

…. Astriab said he posted the warning signs before the boy was bitten. But he said none of his horses could be considered vicious, adding that a ruling by the state Supreme Court that all horses are vicious “would open up a whole new ball game” of increased insurance costs for horse owners.

“We would be the only state in the nation that would define horses as vicious,” Astriab said, noting that horses have been working alongside humans for more than 5,000 years.

Horse owners and farmers have indicated they plan to mobilize Tuesday to get the state Supreme Court to overrule a lower court ruling that defined National Velvet, Flicka, Trigger and their ilk as vicious creatures.

And if a horse is to be considered vicious, how then would we classify humans? Especially humans addicted to horse meat!

But perhaps common sense will prevail at the Supreme Court even if it was noticeably absent in the lower court which determined the natural viciousness of horses.


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