Bizarre Animal Laws

Courtesy of David R.

  • In Kingsville, Texas, there is a law against two pigs having sex on the city's airport property.
  • It is illegal for hens to lay eggs before 8 AM and after 4 PM in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Ducks quacking after 10 PM in Essex Falls, New Jersey are breaking the law.
  • In Quitman, Georgia, it is against the law for a chicken to cross any road within the city limits.
  • In McDonald, Ohio, farmers cannot march a goose down a city street. And fowl, particularly roosters, are prohibited from going into bakeries in Massachusetts.
  • In Kansas, it is illegal for chicken thieves to work during daylight hours.
  • In New York, frogs may be taken from their ponds from June 16 to September 30, but only between sunrise and sunset.
  • In Pennsylvania, no one is allowed to shoot bullfrogs on a Sunday.
  • In Arizona, the bullfrog-hunting season is permanently closed.
  • In Vermont, you can be fined if your pig runs in a public park without the permission of a selectman.
  • French Lick Springs, Indiana, once passed a law requiring all black cats to wear bells on Friday the 13th.
  • Madison, Wisconsin, will not allow joint custody of a family pet when a couple divorces - the animal is legally awarded to whoever happens to have possession of it at the time of the initial separation.
  • Dogs in Foxpoint, Wisconsin, may not bark profusely, snarl, or make any menacing gestures.
  • In Texas, it's illegal to put graffiti on someone else's cow.
  • It is illegal to ride a mule down Lang, Kansas' Main Street in August, unless the animal is wearing a straw hat.
  • Over in Berea, Kentucky and also in Willamantic, Connecticut, horses are not allowed out on the streets and highways at night unless the animal has a "bright" red taillight securely attached to its rump.
  • Horses may not wear cowbells inside the city limits of Tahoe City, California.
  • In Washington, though, every cow wandering the streets of Seattle must be wearing a cowbell.
  • In Burns, Oregon, horses are allowed in the town's taverns, if an admission fee is paid before they enter.
  • You can't blow your nose in public places in Leahy, Washington, because it might scare a horse and cause it to panic.
  • In Wanassa, New Jersey, a dog is breaking the law if it is heard to be "crying."
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