Animal advocates in southern Utah have stumped up a $7k reward to find out who is shooting at cats and dogs in the area. The area is Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona places were you’ll find the crumbling remains of the polygamous, fundamentalist Mormon community.
This isolated community, living in a bygone age, is crumbling. They are living in shipping containers among the dramatic backdrop of blue skies and copper-red mountains. Apparently they shoot at cats and dogs. Bearing in mind what appears to be abject poverty, I wonder if they are shooting cats for food; a cat eating polygamous community. Cat meat is alive and dead in Utah.
The modern world has intruded into this out of date world and it appears to have destroyed it with welfare fraud, child sex abuse and the imprisonment of the community leaders’ resulting in this dire state of affairs.
To be clear polygamous marriages are those where the man has several wives (‘sister wives’). The Mormons call it ‘plural marriage’ – a nice euphemism. The wives keep their hair long so it can used to anoint and wash their husband’s feet in the afterlife. It is definitely backward and it has undertones of the status of women in Saudi Arabia or indeed Muslim women in general.
The key issue for me and this website is that allegedly someone, or persons unknown, from the Mormon community is shooting at cats and dogs. Is it for fun or for food? Either way it is criminal in my book and the animal advocates of the area want it stopped.
Animal rescue clinic director Kelli Stokes has received reports of these shootings. Her organization is RSQ Dogs. They have been offering the reward in June. A cat and dog have been shot. They survived and are recovering.
The $7k is made up of $2 from the community and $5k from HSUS.
Seattle Times online. The Seattle Times did not refer to the Mormons but generically to a ‘polygamous community’. My research is clear: fundamentalist Mormons inhabit Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.