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i, , 4 Pass the beans, beets, and broccoli" Will proposed ordinance dictate vegetarianism in Nye County? by Patti Babcock "You just turned the whole county into vegetarians," Ralph McCracken of Amargosa told county commissioners Tues- day morning during a public hearing for the proposed Animal Control Ordinance. "No, we've got to eat beef," was the rapid response from commission chairman and cattle rancher, Dick Carver. The proposed or- dinance in section 6.04.020-C gives this definition: "Animal" means every wild or domesticated living creature, except mem- bers of the human race," Further into the ordinance, section 6.04.400-A states: "It shall be unlawful for any person to over- drive, over-load, tor- ture, eat or unjustifi- ably injure, maim, mu- tilate or kill any animal whether belonging to him or herself or to another, and whether on or off the premises of the owner of said aal." Rachel Nicholson, pecial assistant to County Manager Les Bradshaw, said this does not apply to the livestock section which is unchanged from the current ordinance. She also said farm, ranch and agriculture is excepted in the ordinance. Nicholson did not say if the exempted sections address what people can eat. Neither did she say if 6.04.400 makes a person a criminal if they decide to have a member of the backyard chicken flock for Sunday dinner. Nor, did anyone ask if the provision makes hunting and fishing illegal. "No, we've got to eat beef," was the rapid response from commission chairman and cattle rancher, Dick Carver. Part B of 6.04.400 does say, "This sec- tion does not apply to actions of licensed pest and vermin control businesses." It doesn't say what happens to a person who wields his/ her own can of pesticide. McCracken expressed concern that the proposed ordinance really goes too far in the description of "animal." He also objected to lack of consideration for electronic animal constraints, and later pointed out that sec- tion 6.04.200-B would make it unlaw- ful for a horse to "poop" on a trail. Several others approached the po- dium to express con- cern about the regula- tions and the fear of losing our rural atmo- sphere." Clark Whe61er, a local advocate for ani- mals, said that the or- dinance was 90 percent to 95percent good. He was concerned that it did not go far enough in meeting state and federal guidelines. Wheeler said he had discussed the proposed ordinance with the district attorney and wished the com- missioners would get an opinion from the DA's office before proceeding with the ordi- nance. Nicholson countered criticism, stating the purpose of the ordinance was to repeal diverse animal control ordinances and to com- bine them in one ordinance for clarification and to give animal control officers clear di- rection. The commissioners voted unanimously to hold a second public hearing,at a location to be determined, July 15, 1997, at 10 a.m. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 19, 1997 7 T00tACK. INC. June 21st. "/27-7172 IMCA's, Street Stock, Kids go.kart races Jim Perkins leader in IMCA point standing ft. Jessica Ruell mght. Haley Boiling $8 Adults Race Starts at. 7:30pm. Pit gate opens at. 4:30pm. $6 Seniors Admission gate opens at 5:30pm$4 Juniors ) Audiology Group | Summit Family Health Center (Pahrump Station) II 1151 S. Highway 160- to avoid waiting call for appointment G S M A 1-800-406-2046 II While Hearing Aid Associates can't giv( you ears like these L not that you'd want them) We can do the next best thing!l_ Pahrump's P Loss Only or Wax Bui[dup? " \\;\ 'i  : Close to S n  V'deoscope of the ,: :-.. Wholesale Z/ what we see! . i  Dispensers O "-. FREE Heanng EvaluaUon 1 Ii[[ Call Now For L [ FREE'up on  : ,,"I i/,! Immediate U B .............  ... ....--.i ...................... [ ,Coupon r t L All in the EARl Custom Canal $498 ! Typelnstrument . $498 I FREE LExpedeoss Dnce .Must Bring Coupon i Aud|ology Group O & Repair Warranty Expires 6/28/97 " Serving Las Vegas - Pahrump - Boulder City ! 2110 E. Flamingo #100 1725 S. Rainbow : N Ovcrton - Mesquite Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV 800-406-2064 : 800-406-2064 j