New State Animal Welfare Legislation for 2016


The start of a new year also often means that new state laws go into effect. What are some new animal welfare laws going into effect in the United States in 2016? We’ve gathered just a few state legislative efforts that represent a victory for animals going into the year 2016. Has your state enacted any new laws to help animals?


Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker signed AB 308, designed to protect people who break into vehicles to rescue children or pets believed to be endangered by hot temperatures inside the car.


New York: Small pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils get protection under a new law that requires pet sellers to provide health and safety tips to customers purchasing small mammals. The tips will cover topics such as housing, sanitation, feeding, and veterinary care.


California: Proposition 2, also known as the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, went into effect. This law ensures that farm animals like egg-laying hens, veal calves, and pregnant pigs will be kept in more humane living conditions.


New Jersey: Governor Chris Christie signed A 3012 into law, which bans human sexual activity with animals, a form of animal cruelty not previously covered under state law.


Illinois: The state’s new Animal Welfare Owner ID law requires animal control facilities to check for microchips and other forms of ID to determine the owner of a found animal. If an owner is identified, the facility must wait 7 days after contacting the owner to take any action on an animal. Then the facility is required to check a second time to make sure information is correct.


Arizona: It is now illegal in the state of Arizona to keep monkeys, chimps, or any other primates as pets. This law is designed to protect the health and safety of both people and primates, as well as help stop the illicit primate trade in the U.S.





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