[Previous] [Next]

21-1700.


21-1700.
   
   A. It is unlawful for any person to:
   
   1. Promote, engage in, or be employed at a bear wrestling exhibition
   or horse tripping event;
   
   2. Receive money for the admission of another person to any place
   where bear wrestling or horse tripping will occur;
   
   3. Sell, purchase, possess, or offer a horse for any horse tripping
   event;
   
   4. Sell, purchase, possess, or train a bear for any bear wrestling
   exhibition;
   
   5. Subject a bear to alteration in any form for purposes of bear
   wrestling including, but not limited to, removal of claws or teeth, or
   severing tendons; or
   
   6. Give any substance to a bear, inject any substance into a bear, or
   cause a bear to ingest or inhale any substance for the purposes of
   bear wrestling.
   
   B. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon
   conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in
   the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine of not more
   than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), or by both such fine and
   imprisonment. In addition, the court may require the violator to make
   restitution and reimbursements to the state, any of its political
   subdivisions, or to any society which is incorporated for the
   prevention of cruelty to animals for housing, feeding, or providing
   medical treatment to any animals used or intended for use in violation
   of this section.
   
   C. Upon the arrest of any person pursuant to any provision of this
   section, the arresting law enforcement agency or animal control office
   shall have authority to seize and take custody of all animals in the
   possession of the arrested person which are the basis of an arrest
   pursuant to the provisions of this section. Upon conviction, the court
   shall have authority to order the forfeiture of all animals seized
   which are the basis of the conviction pursuant to the provisions of
   this section. Any animals ordered forfeited may be placed in the
   custody of a society which is incorporated for the prevention of
   cruelty to animals.
   
   D. As used in this section, "horse tripping" means to cause an animal
   of the equine species to fall or lose its balance with the use of a
   wire, pole, stick, rope or other object. The term does not include the
   lawful laying down of a horse for medical purposes or for the purposes
   of identification.
   

[Previous] [Next]