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2010 Rhode Island HB 7769. Confinement of Farm Animals

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Citation: 2010 Rhode Island HB 7769



Date Introduced: 2/25/2010

Date of Last Action: 4/14/2010

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 07/2011



Summary:   This 2010 Rhode Island bill applies to the confinement of calves raised for veal, pigs during pregnancy, and egg-laying hens. This proposed law provides that these covered animals may not be confined in a way that prevents them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, and turning around freely.


Bill in Full:

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2010

 

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A N   A C T

 

RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

 

Introduced By: Representatives Driver, MacBeth, Gallison, Fierro, and Handy

 

Date Introduced: February 25, 2010

 

Referred To: House Judiciary

 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

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SECTION 1. Title 4 of the General Laws entitled "ANIMALS AND ANIMAL

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HUSBANDRY" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:

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CHAPTER 26

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PREVENTION OF FARM ANIMAL CRUELTY ACT

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4-26-1. Short title. -- This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Prevention of

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Farm Animal Cruelty Act."

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4-26-2. Legislative intent. -- The purpose of this chapter is to prohibit the cruel

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confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie

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down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.

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4-26-3. Farm animal cruelty provisions. -- (a) A person shall not tether or confine on a

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farm any pig during pregnancy, calf raised for veal, or egg-laying hen, for all or the majority of

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any day, in a manner that prevents such animal from:

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(1) Lying down, standing up, and fully extending his or her limbs; and

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(2) Turning around freely.

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(b) Exemption – This chapter shall not apply:

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(1) During examination, testing, individual treatment, or operation for veterinary

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purposes.

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(2) During transportation.

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(3) During state or county fair exhibitions, 4-H programs, and similar exhibitions.

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4-26-4. Definitions. -- For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the

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following meanings:

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(1) "Calf raised for veal" means any calf of the bovine species kept for the purpose of

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producing the food product described as veal.

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(2) "Egg-laying hen" means any female domesticated chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or

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guinea fowl kept for the purpose of egg production.

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(3 "Enclosure" means any cage, crate or other structure (including what is commonly

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described as a "gestation crate" for pigs; a "veal crate" for calves; or a "battery cage" for egg-

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laying hens) used to confine any pig during pregnancy, calf raised for veal, or egg-laying hen.

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(4) "Farm" means the land, building, support facilities, and other equipment that are

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wholly or partially used for the commercial production of animals or animal products used for

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food or fiber; it does not include live animal markets.

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(5) "Fully extending his or her limbs" means fully extending all limbs without touching

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the side of an enclosure, including, in the case of egg-laying hens, fully spreading both wings

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without touching the side of an enclosure or other egg-laying hens.

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(6) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, limited

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liability company, corporation, estate, trust, receiver, or syndicate.

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(7) "Pig during pregnancy" means any pregnant pig of the porcine species kept for the

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primary purpose of breeding.

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(8) "Turning around freely" means turning in a complete circle without any impediment,

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including a tether, and without touching the side of an enclosure.

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4-26-5. Enforcement. -- Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter is

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guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed

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one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty

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(180) days, or by both fine and imprisonment.

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4-26-6. Construction of chapter. -- The provisions of this chapter are in addition to, and

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not in lieu of, any other laws protecting animal welfare. This chapter shall not be construed to

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limit any state laws or regulations protecting the welfare of animals, nor shall anything in this

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chapter prevent a local governing body from adopting and enforcing its own animal welfare laws

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and regulations.

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SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on January 1, 2014.

 

 

 

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EXPLANATION

 

BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

 

OF

 

A N A C T

 

RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

 

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This act would prohibit the cruel confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not

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allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.

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This act would take effect on January 1, 2014.



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