by Nick Smith
Rather than finding a way out of the budget crisis, the Arizona Legislature is busy tackling a far more immediate threat to the state: human-animal hybrids.
A couple of weeks ago, lawmakers debated the merits of SB 1307, which would ban the creation of hybrids (so those hoping for new blue-skinned Avatar bodies will have to go elsewhere).
The bill moved through the Committee on Public Safety and Human Services for further consideration in a 4-3 vote on Feb. 17.
Here’s our favorite human-hybrid definition (italics ours):
"A nonhuman life form engineered so that it contains a human brain or a brain derived wholly or predominantly from human neural tissues."
If it passes, the state will have a new entry in those books about weird laws that are still in effect: In Arizona it is illegal to put a human brain in a cow’s body.
Among the Tucson lawmakers saying no to goat-people: Rep. Frank Antenori, Rep, David Gowan, Sen. Al Melvin and Rep. David Stevens.