There are some silly laws out there, but let’s not get pawlitical. Here are some of the best strange pet laws:
Alabama: It’s against the law to teach a bear to wrestle.
Alaska: It is illegal to shove a live moose out of an airplane whilst in flight.
Arizona: Donkeys must not be allowed sleep in bathtubs.
Arkansas (Little Rock): Dogs may not bark after 6 PM.
California: It is unlawful to whistle for your escaped pet bird before 7 a.m.
Colorado (Sterling): Cats may not roam freely unless they are wearing a tailight.
Connecticut: Any dogs bearing tattoos must be reported to police.
Delaware (New Castle): Couples are prohibited from public displays of affection (including hand-holding) while walking a dog on a leash.
Florida: Elephants tethered to a parking meter will be charged the same as it would for a vehicle.
Georgia (Atlanta): Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
Hawaii: It is illegal to annoy a bird while visiting a public park.
Idaho: It is illegal to fish from a camel’s back.
Illinois (Chicago): You may not take a French Poodle to the opera (no matter how well quaffed!).
Indiana (Indianapolis): One may only throw a stone at a bird in self-defense.
Iowa: Horses must not eat fire hydrants.
Kansas: Shooting rabbits from motorboats is illegal
Kentucky (Ft. Thomas): Dogs may not molest cars.
Louisiana: Stealing an alligator carries a ten year jail sentence.
Maine (Waterboro): Dog leashes may not be over eight feet in length.
Maryland (Baltimore): It’s illegal to take a lion to the movies.
Massachusetts: Gorillas are not allowed in the back seat of any car.
Michigan (Clawson): There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.
Minnesota (Pine Island): When you pass a cow, it is illegal not to tip your hat.
Mississippi: Stabling of Horses within 50 feet of any road is illegal
Missouri: It is illegal to provide alcohol to elephants.
Montana: It is illegal to carry sheep in the cab of a truck without a chaperone.
Nebraska: It is illegal to go whale fishing.
Nevada: It is illegal to drive a camel on the public highway.
New Hampshire: No bounty shall be paid on the head of a wolf unless it has its ears when delivered to the selectmen. (Repealed)
New Jersey (Wanessa): Dogs are not allowed to be heard “crying.”
New Mexico (Raton): It is illegal for a woman to rider horseback down a public street with a kimono on.
New York: All cats venturing outside must wear three bells to warn birds of their approach.
North Carolina: Elephants may not be deployed to plough cotton fields.
North Dakota: Skunks are expressly prohibited from being kept as pets. However, the state does recognize wild animals like elk, donkeys and ostriches as domestic animals.
Ohio: It is illegal to display colored chickens for the purpose of selling.
Oklahoma: People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
Oregon (Myrtle Creek): One may not box with a kangaroo.
Pennsylvania: Motorists seeing horses coming in their direction must pull off the road, cover camouflage their car with a blanket or canvas in order that it blends in with the countryside until the horses pass.
Rhode Island: Riding a horse over any public highway for the purpose of racing, or testing the speed of the horse is illegal.
South Carolina: Horses must not be kept in bathtubs.
South Dakota: No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.
Tennessee (Memphis): If a frog’s croaking keeps you awake at night, you can have that frog arrested.
Texas: It is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
Utah: Birds have the right of way on all public highways.
Vermont: It was illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole. (Repealed)
Virginia (Norfolk): Spitting on a seagull is not tolerated.
Washington (Leahy): You may not blow your nose outdoors, as it may scare a horse and cause it to panic.
West Virginia: Road kill can be picked up and taken home for supper.
Wisconsin (Sun Prairie): Cats are forbidden from entering cemeteries.
Wyoming: You may not take a photograph of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.
Do you agree with any of these laws?