Crazy Animal Laws

November 9, 2010

There’s a reporter from the San Francisco Cronicle that decided to dig for the strangest, craziest animal laws he could find and well, he found some wacky ones. Check out this list:

In Ohio and Oklahoma, it’s against state law to get a fish drunk. For those living in the Buckeye State, it is also illegal to hunt for whales on Sunday.

California law prohibits animals from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a pub, school or place of worship.

In San Francisco, it’s illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.

In Wilbur, Washington, it is illegal to ride an ugly horse. (I searched for a list of criteria, but came up empty handed.)

The town of Fairbanks, Alaska forbids anyone from serving alcoholic beverages to a moose.

In L.A., it is considered unlawful to lick a toad. (I guess some people will do anything to get high. Kissing toads, however, is still allowed.)

In Sheridan, Wyoming, a policeman can bite a barking dog, in order to quiet him.

When you pass a cow in Pine Island, Minnesota it is illegal not to tip your hat.

In Atlanta it’s illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or lamp post.

In Lawrence, Kansas, it is forbidden for anyone to carry bees in their hat while traveling on city streets.

If you should find yourself in Canton, Mississippi, know that is against the law to kill a squirrel with a gun while in a courtroom.

In North Carolina it is illegal to use elephants to plow cotton fields.

Arizona law prohibits a donkey from taking a snooze in a bathtub.

In Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.

In Florida, if an elephant is left tied to an parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid, just as it would be for a vehicle. (I suppose this also means that your elephant will be ticketed in the event that the meter expires.)

Also in Florida, it is illegal to have sexual relations with a porcupine. (Who but only the most extreme masochist would want to?)

If you happen to be visiting the city of Miami, please be aware that imitating an animal is a no-no.

In Minnesota, you may not cross state lines with a duck on top of your head.

If you have a habit of leaving your sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperon, it’s best to steer clear of Montana where this is a ticketable offense.

In Tennessee, it is illegal shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

Baltimore law declares it illegal to take a lion to the movies.

Heard a weird one? Let us know…

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Do You Have Pet Insurance?

August 25, 2010

Here’s a story about a ¬†Chocolate Labrador in L.A. who ate a beehive and won an award as “the most unusual pet health insurance claim in the United States” by the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company.

Ellie, who fully recovered from her encounter with the beehive in southern California, beat a border collie that ran through a window to get at a mailman, and a terrier that bit a chainsaw. Read more

I guess being from Canada and all, and considering how the U.S. doesn’t seem to like the idea of health insurance (for humans), discovering that you can get health insurance for you pet in the states is to me a bid…weird, no?


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