U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #38 (Bottom Tier)
  • + Mandatory post-conviction possession ban
  • - No prohibition on sexual assault of an animal
  • - No felony provisions for animal neglect or abandonment
  • - Felony animal fighting only covers limited species
  • - Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty

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