In California, as reported at http://www.homegrown.org/group/backyardlivestock/forum/topics/goat-share
“They just passed SB917 & AB1117 is on the Governor’s desk. AB1117- will allow for animals to be seized & destroyed prior to getting a warrant. LEO, ACO or Humane Officers are given the powers to be judge, jury, & Executioner. The person charged will not be able to be near any animals for 5-10 years. Fines & liens are placed on the animal owner, or who ever is standing near by.
“Now that SB917 / has passed[, p]retty much anything to do with animals is a risk of being charged with animal cruelty. For example it will be a act of animal cruelty to meet & greet a buyer on the roadside.
“These laws are a direct assault to the farming industry. They were passed as puppy & kitten laws by lawmakers. The problem is they are not exempting livestock. ….
“Please pay attention to what is on the books in each state. For there is a movement to end all animal ownership by special interest groups.
“This bill would provide, in addition and with specified exceptions, that it shall be a crime, punishable as specified, for any person to willfully sell or give away as part of a commercial transaction, a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk, or to display or offer for sale, or display or offer to give away as part of a commercial transaction, a live animal if the act of selling or giving away the live animal is to occur on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk. The bill would provide that a notice describing the charge and the penalty for a violation of this bill may be issued by a peace officer, animal control officer, or humane officer. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”
The comments on the bill cut to the reality of the bill’s threat.
“Last November I had the great privilege of transporting 5 of the rarest rabbit breeds in the world to knowledgeable breeders working to save these precious, dying breeds from extinction (some of which only 300 animals are believed to exist in the WORLD). SB 917 makes switch off at meeting points during transport relays for critically endangered animals a felony. OPPOSE California SB 917.”
“I believe this also makes it illegal to sell rabbits at sanctioned ARBA shows? Which is where most rabbit sale transactions occur? Opposing animal cruelty is one thing, but the generalities do not account for private, legitimate sales between breeders and the general public? Only at pet stores? Which is where we are told NOT to buy???”
“This is another attack on small farmers and is totally unconstitional as to our rights to persue our freedoms as given to us by our founding fathers so any atempt by the state to take away more rights must be stopped immedistly and those tryng this need to be struck down and never allowed to hold a public office ever again. They need to remember where thier food and fiber comes from diffently not from a plastic raped pack in some store.”
If they charge a farmer with abuse, he or she wouldn’t be allowed any animals for 5-10 years and could go to prison. Same with animal rescue people or pet owners.
How many of these terms have not been defined?