WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States, listed their top 12 state legislative achievements for 2009. This year some 121 new animal protection laws were enacted, up from 93 in 2008.
Watch out, they will be coming soon to a state near you. Watch out Missouri they've filed papers for a referendum next year.
Arkansas: Felony Cruelty and Cockfighting
Made cockfighting a felony in Arkansas, making Arkansas the 38th state with felony penalties for cockfighting. Before passage of this bill, there were five states where criminals could intentionally torture a companion animal and not face meaningful penalties.
California: Tail Docking
Prohibits this painful and unnecessary mutilation of dairy cows, and The HSUS hopes it will provide a model for other dairy-producing states.
Kansas: Felony Cockfighting
Weak penalties and fines are considered just a cost of doing business by cockfighters, who can earn tens of thousands of dollars in gambling wagers. In November, The HSUS assisted Kansas authorities in a raid of an alleged cockfighting operation. This raid was believed to be the first under the provisions of the new law.
Maine became the sixth state to prohibit confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates and the fourth to prohibit the confinement of calves in veal crates.
Michigan banned three of the most inhumane confinement systems used on factory farms — gestation crates for breeding pigs, veal crates for calves and battery cages for egg-laying hens.
Nevada had some of the weakest animal fighting laws in the country, as the only state that still allowed possession of dogs for fighting. Lawmakers banned the possession, keeping or training of dogs for fighting.
Nevada also passed one of the strongest anti-tethering laws in the country, becoming the 13th state with some restrictions on the 24-hour-a-day chaining of dogs. The state limited the number of hours a dog can be chained or tied each day, and prohibits short chains and choke collars.
New Jersey: Fur Labeling
All garments containing animal fur to be labeled with the species of animal and country of origin.
Oregon banned private possession of alligators, monkeys, lions, tigers and bears.
Oregon: Puppy Mills
Oregon passed some of the strongest puppy mill legislation in the country, establishing minimum care standards and put in place protections for consumers who may have purchased a dog with a disease or congenital defect.
Pennsylvania: Surgical Procedures
The bill bans tail docking after five days of age, debarking and surgical birth on dogs, unless performed under anesthesia by a veterinarian.
Washington: Puppy Mill
Prohibits possession of more than 50 breeding dogs at one facility and establishes welfare standards for people with more than ten breeding dogs, including space, exercise, housing facilities, access to food and water and vet care. This legislation also authorizes investigations at breeding facilities.
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