“Bad mens rea”? Mens rea mala? Is that even a thing? What would be “good mens rea”?
I think the point is that Dennis is referring to mens rea as a measurement of guilt, not as a measurement of intent. He’s thinking of mens rea such as Intent as being ‘bad’, and mens rea such as Accidental and Reckless as being ‘good’.
The answer to her question is pretty obvious: The federal government cares more about animals than people. Neither of them has hurt anyone, she didn’t even hurt the animals in question, but they’re both going to jail anyway.