New Animal Laws for 2011Posted by Stephanie Ulmer, Guest Blogger on January 15, 2011
Ringing in the New Year also meant the start of some new animal protection laws that took effect on January 1st. A few of them include:
Delaware–Uniform standards have been created for how animal shelters must care for animals under their supervision. The new standards dictate “how and when they must administer vaccinations and veterinary examinations, as well as outline all the steps that must be taken to attempt to find a good home for a pet before it can be euthanized.”
Hawaii–An animal cruelty statute has been enhanced, setting minimum standards of care for pet enclosures. An enclosure must now “have enough room to stand up, sit down, and turn around safely.” The law also requires a resting platform inside any wire-bottom cage, and it now requires, rather than just recommends, preventative veterinary care.
Illinois–A new law requires pet stores, animal shelters and animal control agencies to disclose an animal’s history before it is purchased or adopted. “The following information must be on or near an animal’s cage: retail price, including additional charges, breed, age, date of birth, sex and color of the dog or cat, details of vaccinations and health history, and the name, address and identification number of the breeder and details of any inoculation or medical treatment received while at the facility. Pet stores are required to disclose this information if it is requested by the consumer, but it is unclear when the information must be disclosed.” The law does allow greater flexibility for rescues and shelters, which deal more often with stray animals.
El Paso, Texas–A new city ordinance bans the sale of puppies and kittens for a profit if they are less than a year old. This new restriction effectively prohibits pet stores from selling young puppies and kittens. In addition, “animals younger than eight weeks cannot be given away except to the shelter or to an approved animal welfare organization. And animal welfare organizations must spay or neuter all animals older than four months before transferring them to someone else.” The new law was passed in an effort to reduce the number of animals killed each year at the city’s shelter.