9 Bizarre Animal Laws

Legislators are known to create all sorts of mind-bending laws, but here are a few that will truly leave you scratching your head. These animal laws make one wonder what prompted the need for such legislation in the first place? For example, what drove Maryland to outlaw bringing pet lions into movie theaters? (Personally, I would have taken that bill a little further and outlawed pet lions altogether.)

Passing laws takes lots of time and energy. I know, because as a clean air advocate for Utah Moms for Clean Air, I actually help shepherd bills through the legislative process. So it’s a wonder to me why the following legislation originated and how they are still on the books today.

Keep the following rules in mind if you ever plan to visit these states:


  • In Idaho, you may not fish… while riding a camel.
  • In Connecticut, dogs with tattoos must be reported to authorities.
  • In Iowa, horses are not allowed to nibble/chew on fire hydrants.
  • In California, animals cannot mate within 500 yards of a church or school.
  • In Arizona, it is against the law to let your donkey sleep in a bathtub.
  • In Maryland, it is now against the law to bring your pet lion to the theater with you.
  • In Alaska, it is against the law to push a live moose out of a flying plane.



  • In Nebraska, it is against the law to hunt whales.
  • In Kentucky, you cannot release a feral pig into the wild.


A big thank you to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for annually collecting the wackiest new laws regarding animals.

Visit Care2′s Animal Welfare petitions to learn and take action on more serious animal legislation.

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Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brown8 months ago

thanks for sharing :)

Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Ammaabout a year ago

Thank you!

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Marie W.
Marie W.about a year ago

More useless laws.

Valerie B.
ValAWAYNOFWDPLZ B.about a year ago

Lol the Alaska law is hilarious!

Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonaldabout a year ago

As a native Californian, I have on several occasions witnessed cats and dogs willfully breaking the law by engaging in sexual relations too close to schools and churches, Why, one scofflaw pair of pups I saw was actually fornicating on the front lawn of a church!

I have no doubt that this scarred the kiddies in sunday school for life... or something.

Kamia T.
Kamia T.1 years ago

Actually the Connecticut and Kentucky laws do make sense. There's even a movement prohibiting the tattooing of your animals US wide, because some idiot started doing that, and releasing feral pigs just allows them to take over and destroy the habitats of native animals. The rest probably had some basis in "reason" at one time, or because some idiot was doing something crazy long ago.

Johanna Kidd
Johanna Kidd1 years ago

Its amazing how many silly laws there are, not just pertaining to animals either! It does make one wonder about the mentality behind them, right?

Karen Garnett
karen Garnett1 years ago

And these lawmakers are PAID?????

Lucas Kolasa
Lucas Kolasa1 years ago