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Animal Laws Quick Overview

Animal Laws Quick Overview

Animal laws background
Animal laws are in place to protect people, but they are also in place to protect animals. There are leash laws and rabies vaccination laws which prevent disease transmission from pets to people and to other pets. There are also animal cruelty laws which include strict penalties for those that mistreat animals.
Animal cruelty

Animal cruelty laws have become much more stringent because of an increased incidence of animal cruelty. Cases which have received wide coverage in the news, such as the Michael Vick dog fighting case, have led many jurisdictions to implement harsher penalties for those found guilty of such crimes. The penalty of animal cruelty may vary based on the type of offense and number of offenses.

Animal testing
Animal testing is conducted by many types of companies. Cosmetic companies test their products on animals, in order to minimize the chance that humans will have a bad reaction to the chemicals contained in the products. In addition, pharmaceutical companies test drugs on animals to look for any possible side effects, such as increased blood pressure and other potential life threatening reactions.
Animal testing pros and cons
There are many pros and cons to animal testing. One of the biggest issues is that animals are often treated poorly during tests and few steps are taken to reduce their pain and discomfort. In addition, testing on animals does not always show the possible complications for humans. However, animal testing has led to better veterinary care, including drugs which can lengthen the life and increase the health of pets.
Animal rights

Animal rights are often the subject of many debates including those about animal testing. There are many animal rights organizations which seek to change laws which currently offer little protection to animals. These efforts have led to better laws regarding some instances of animal cruelty, including dog and rooster fighting. Animal rights groups also fought for the rights of animals used in the entertainment industry, farm animals and those animals which are used for fur.


Poaching involves the killing or trapping of animals, when it is illegal to do so. Poachers often kill animals for farmers, because farmers fear for their livestock. In fact,poachers often have a large financial incentive to kill animals, especially endangered species. Poachers may for example, kill elephants for their tusks. They may also kill animals such as tigers for their skins.

Animal Cruelty Laws At A Glance

Animal Cruelty Laws At A Glance

There are many types of animal laws in place and many of those laws are meant to protect the public, such as required rabies vaccinations and leash laws. However there are also animal cruelty laws which are in place to protect  the animals.
Animal laws which are meant to protect the public, encompass many issues. For example, leash laws are meant to prevent animals from running free, which could cause accidents or injuries if those animals should wonder from their owners. Rabies laws are also in place to prevent the transmission of disease from pets to their owners or to others.
In order to be sure that owners comply with animal laws, governments often requires that an animal be licensed. The  licensing laws can also prevent individuals form having more pets than they are allowed. For example, some towns may limit the number of dogs or cats allowed at a residence. In fact, some animal laws also prevent the ownership  of certain species, such as tigers, as pets.
Animal cruelty laws are in place to prevent the mistreatment of animals. In some jurisdictions, the penalty for animal cruelty is quite harsh and may include jail time and fines. The type of animals cruelty is likely to influence the penalty for the accused. Animal cruelty can include neglect, but it may also include injuring or harm to the animal.

Dogs in Household

Dogs in HouseholdIn terms of written legislation, there are no specific laws in regards
to how many dogs can be within a particular household at a given time.
However, the interpretation of how many dogs are allowed in a household
is open to interpretation. Often times, the law will take the position
in terms of how a dog in a particular household is being provided for.
A person that has only one dog may not property provide for the dog
while a person with many dogs keeps his/her dogs healthy and provides
for them accordingly.

Another aspect to consider is the recent
attention that dog fighting in the area has garnered. This has led to
Breed Specific Legislation, which affects dog owners that may have pit
bulls and bully breeds in their household. These kinds of dogs are most
commonly associated with the illegal dog fighting rings, and thus, will
limit the type of dog in a particular household.

Dogs in DE

Dogs in DEThe state of Delaware does not address specific limits in regards to the number of dogs that can be owned by one household in specific legislation. Therefore, it can be deemed that there is no specific limit regarding how many dogs a household can have in DE. However, there are other certain regulations that may ultimately affect how many dogs a household has by virtue of consequence.

For example, all dogs are now required to be licensed with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. All dogs that are over the age of six months must be registered. Furthermore, there are also DE laws in regards to the providing for dogs which can also affect ownership concerns. Generally speaking, DE legislation exists that requires households and pet owners to appropriately provide dogs’ needs. Violations can often times be seen as cruel treatment of animals, and thus, have the dogs confiscated from the owners.