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9 Bizarre Animal Laws

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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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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1:55PM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

12:17AM PST on Nov 5, 2014

Thank you!

1:44PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Thank you

9:33PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

More useless laws.

9:13PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Lol the Alaska law is hilarious!

7:46AM PDT on May 27, 2014

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.

11:07AM PDT on May 15, 2014

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.

5:57PM PDT on May 12, 2014

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?

6:45AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

And these lawmakers are PAID?????

1:17AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014


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