U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #48 (Bottom Tier)
  • + Court may order pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • - Has an ag-gag law
  • - No felony provisions for first time cruelty to animals (only fighting)
  • - Inadequate definitions/standards of basic care
  • - No provisions for veterinarians or other select non-animal-related agencies/professionals to report suspected animal abuse

Select Provisions

Adequate definitions/standards of basic care
Increased penalties for repeat abusers and/or animal hoarders
Court may restrict ownership of animals after a conviction
Mandatory forfeiture of animals upon conviction
Courts may order pre-conviction forfeiture of abused animals

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2018 Rank


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