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Great Apes and the Law: A complete resource for the legal status of the Great Apes within the United States
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Alaska Great Ape Laws

Statute Name Citation Summary
AK - Cruelty - Consolidated Cruelty Statutes   AK ST 03.55.100 - 190; AK ST 11.61.140 - 145   This section comprises Alaska's anti-cruelty and animal fighting laws, which were amended in 2010. A person commits cruelty to animals if the person: knowingly inflicts severe and prolonged physical pain or suffering on an animal; with criminal negligence, fails to care for an animal and, as a result, causes the death of the animal or causes severe physical pain or prolonged suffering to the animal; kills or injures an animal by the use of a decompression chamber; intentionally kills or injures a pet or livestock by the use of poison; knowingly kills or injures an animal with the intent to intimidate, threaten, or terrorize another person; or knowingly engages in sexual conduct with an animal, films such activity, induces such activity, or intentionally permits this to occur on premises under the person's control. The court may also prohibit or limit the defendant's ownership, possession, or custody of animals for up to 10 years for convictions under this section.  
AK - Fish and Game - Chapter 05. Fish and Game Code   AK ST 16.05.150; 16.05.255, 16.05.270, 16.05.920; 16.05.925, 16.05.940   These provisions concern Alaska's Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The enforcement authority is defined and another statute gives power to the Board of Game to adopt regulations for game animals. Under § 16.05.920, a person may not take, possess, transport, sell, offer to sell, purchase, or offer to purchase fish, game, or marine aquatic plants, or any part of fish, game, or aquatic plants, or a nest or egg of fish or game unless permitted by regulation. "Game" is defined as any species of bird, reptile, and mammal, including a feral domestic animal, found or introduced in the state, except domestic birds and mammals.  
AK - Fish and Game - Chapter 05. Powers and Duties of Commissioners of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation   AK ST 03.05.011, 03.05.013, 03.05.050, 03.05.090, 03.05.100   This set of Alaska laws sets forth the powers of the commissioner of environmental conservation. Additionally, the commissioner of environmental conservation may employ or appoint a person to act as the state veterinarian to carry out and enforce the requirements of this title. The penalties for violation of provisions under this chapter are also described.  
AK - Zoo - 09.65.180. Civil liability of zoos   AK ST 09.65.180   The Alaska law provides that, except as provided in (b), a person who owns or operates a zoo is strictly liable for injury to a person or property if the injury is caused by an animal owned by or in the custody of the zoo.  

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