U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #50 (Bottom Tier)
  • + Legal mechanism for pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • - Very limited felony provisions for first time cruelty to animals (only fighting and malicious injury to “livestock”)
  • - Felony provisions available only for cruelty against select animals and fighting select animals
  • - No statutory authority to allow protective orders to include animals
  • - No mandatory forfeiture of animals upon conviction, and permissive forfeiture only available for select animals

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