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Legislators promote bills to protect wild animals from cruelty

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At least three Wisconsin legislators are promoting bills to include wildlife under the state's animal cruelty laws.

Rep. Dean Kaufert of R-Neenah was the first to say he wanted to close a loophole. That was after two Waupaca County men escaped felony cruelty charges for allegedly running down deer with their snowmobiles.

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Two judges said their activities could be considered hunting and hunters cannot be charged with animal cruelty.

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