Mucked Up Justice: In Boulder Shooting an Elk Comes with Steeper Consequences than Raping a Woman

According to The Daily Mail, a police officer in Boulder, Colorado faces up to six years in prison for shooting an elk in the community:

A former Boulder police officer was convicted Tuesday of killing a bull elk that had become a treasured companion in an upscale neighborhood and whose death sparked marches, prayer vigils and at least one tribute song.

A jury found Sam Carter guilty of nine charges. He could face up to six years in prison after shooting the animal known as Big Boy last year as it grazed beneath a crabapple tree, The Daily Camera reported.

Boulder animal activist Jessica Sandler applauded the verdict.

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‘It is so rare for an animal to get any semblance of justice in our court system,’ she told the newspaper.

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