Here in the United States, we’ve come up with some pretty odd laws and it seems we haven’t left animals out of our sometimes wacky judicial system.
Some of these laws are just outdated but have lingered on the books because no one has bothered to change them. Others are just plain strange.
Let’s check out some crazy laws involving animals in the US. Have you broken any of these laws? Let us know in the comments below. We ain’t no snitches.
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10. Can’t open an umbrella on the streets of Montgomery, Alabama, in case it startles a horse
Let’s start with my home state of Alabama. There’s a strange law in my state’s capital, Montgomery. In Montgomery, there’s a law that makes it an offense to open an umbrella on the streets in case you startle a horse. As you may or may not know, horses are insanely phobic of open umbrellas. My state has nothing on the laws to come later on in this list. Roll Tide.
9. Horse Manure Piles Over 6 feet tall.
Over to the other side of the country, but also involving horses, in San Francisco, California it’s illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high. Yup, got a 5’11 pile of horse poop, all is good, but don’t dare pile that extra inch of “caacaa” on top.
San Fran has several other strange laws involving animals. Some of them are:
- A 2013 law that makes it illegal to walk nine or more dogs at once.
- It’s illegal to sell or distribute ground squirrels.
- It is unlawful to carry manure through the streets.
- Oddly, but thankfully it is illegal to sell mule meat.
- And, Elephants may not walk down Market Street in San Francisco unless they are on a leash. Well, we’re glad that law is in place.
8. Outside of San Fran, California state law bans animals from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. We’re trying to figure out who’s policing the wild birds and feral cats in Cali.
In Belvedere, California and this is a direct quote, ”No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.” Think about it. We’ll wait.
7. In Illinois, there is a state law that prohibits you from giving your domesticated animal a lit cigar.
No such law for wild or feral animals though, so if you’re looking for a smoking companion, you’re going to have to get back to nature.
Oh, and if you happen to be in Galesburg, Illinois and you have a smelly pet, you and your stinky companion are breaking the law, buddy.
And, in Chicago, you cannot take your French Poodle to the opera, it’s illegal. Well, that‘s obvious, Poodles hate opera, but they love a good rock concert.
6. You Can’t Educate Your Dog in Hartford, Connecticut.
I guess no one wants the dogs of Hartford to become too high falutin. A Hartford law states that no one can to educate their dog.
The reason behind this law is unclear. But, perhaps they worry that all the educated dogs would leave Hartford. Perhaps start a YouTube channel. Nah, you don’t need an education for that.
5. Donkeys in Arizona are not allowed to sleep in bathtubs.
According to at least one source, this law came into effect when a rancher’s donkey in Kingman, Arizona, who slept in a bathtub, for reasons, got swept away down a river when a dam broke.
The town spent a lot of resources trying to rescue the donkey and was so upset by the incident, passed the law prohibiting future donkey-bathtub rescue missions.
And, while we can’t figure out why, Georgia also has a law prohibiting donkeys from being kept in bathtubs.
4. In International Falls, Minnesota, it’s against the law for cats to chase dogs up telephone poles.
OK, what? Since most dogs can’t climb telephone poles but cats can, this law seems to be a bit counter-intuitive of what most of us would think is normal.
3. Horse owners in Marshalltown, Iowa, be warned: it’s illegal for your horse to eat a fire hydrant.
Even if this law has been conjured up by the Internet, it’s too wonderfully specific not to mention.
Speaking of fire hydrants, it’s apparently against the law for you to tie an alligator to said water supplying devices in the great state of Michigan. Would have made more sense in Florida.
2. Llama What?
Boulder, Colorado has strict rules forbidding animals grazing on city property. Rules against grazing pigs, sheep, cows, donkeys and horses seem pretty obvious, but Boulder’s law goes one step further by explicitly legislating against llamas grazing on city property.
Any strange animal laws where you live? Let us know in the comments.
In an Oklahoma city most ironically called Normal, you can receive fines and jail time for making an ugly face at a dog. That’s Normal.
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