Petition Closed
Petitioning Deputy Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture Jim Miller

Demand the Resignation of Colorado’s Anti-Animal Rights Animal Protection Chief


Scot Dutcher, chief of the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Animal Protection Bureau, has been doing a lot of tweeting on company -- i.e., taxpayers' -- time.

His Twitter bio reads, "Anti-animal rights, pro animal welfare. Support animal use in ag, exhibition, sporting, and med research." The thousands of tweets he's posted include "eat more polar bears" and "success over animal rights is the best revenge," along with others comparing the inability to shoot owned animals to the inability to destroy inanimate objects, and criticism of the felony charge for a woman who taped a dog to her refrigerator.

Dutcher is Colorado's lead investigator in the state's animal neglect and cruelty cases - including puppy mills, farm animal abuse, dogfighting and, yes, heinous acts like taping a dog to a fridge. Someone in his position should be condoning, not condemning, animal rights advocates.  

Tell Dutcher's boss, Deputy Commissioner Jim Miller, to replace Dutcher with an animal protection chief who's an animal lover, not an animal-rights fighter.

Photo credit: fabio rex

Letter to
Deputy Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture Jim Miller
I urge you to demand Scot Dutcher’s immediate resignation.

It is unprofessional and troubling that the chief of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Animal Protection Bureau has spent a great deal of his work time on Twitter, referring to himself as “anti-animal rights” and posting thousands of hostile tweets (such as “success over animal rights is the best revenge”) on state computers, on taxpayers’ time.

As Colorado’s lead investigator in the state’s animal neglect and cruelty cases, the person in Dutcher’s position needs to be condoning, not condemning, animal rights advocates. This job must belong to someone who is focused on animal welfare, not social networking.

Please replace Dutcher with an animal lover, not an animal rights fighter.