Wacky Animal Laws of 2013Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on December 20, 2013
Earlier this week, the Animal Legal Defense Fund released its annual State Rankings report—the longest-running, most comprehensive report of its kind. The report tracks animal protection laws across the United States. Check out this ever-popular report to learn where your state ranks, and what states are the best and worst to be an animal abuser. Take action here to improve your state’s animal laws.
Some laws, however, just leave our animal law experts scratching their heads. Here are some of 2013’s wackiest laws involving animals. Did you know?
- In Alaska it is against the law to push a live moose out of an airplane mid-flight.
- If you live in Arizona, you aren’t allowed to let your donkey sleep in the bathtub (horses can’t be kept in bathtubs in South Carolina, just FYI).
- In the Golden State of California, animals can’t mate within 500 yards of a church or school (Just how is this law observed, enforced, and punished?).
- Colorado folk must have some strange habits, because it is illegal to drink and ride a horse.
- How’s this for profiling: in Connecticut, dogs with tattoos must be reported to the authorities.
- In Georgia, people can no longer give away goldfish at Bingo contests.
- In Idaho, there is to be no fishing! At least not while riding a camel.
- In Iowa there is to be no eating of the fire hydrants. Especially if you’re a horse.
- Maryland movie theaters do NOT allow people to bring lions.
- If only this were true for areas of the world that aren’t land-locked: it is against the law to hunt whales in Nebraska.
Wackiest of all, for 2013, Kentucky—a state perpetually at the bottom of our state rankings report—has determined that you simply cannot release a feral (i.e., wild) pig into the wild.
But what are the best new laws for 2013, according to ALDF? Here are a few highlights!
- In California, you can no longer use hound dogs to hunt bears and bobcats – which is bad for the bears and bobcats, and the dogs, and other wild animals caught in the middle.
- Cosmetics tested on animals may no longer be sold in Europe. India also instigated such a ban, the first country in South Asia to do so.
- Three states passed anti-Breed Specific Legislation (that targets pit bulls): Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Nevada.
- Oregon amended its anti-cruelty laws, including new requirements for animal rescues.
- North Dakota overhauled its anti-cruelty laws including adding its first felony cruelty provision.