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Strange Animal Laws USA

Updated on June 26, 2011

Strange Animal Laws America

I published a lens about strange English laws and received so many requests to create a lens for strange American laws.

When I embarked upon the research I was overwhelmed by the vast number of weird, wonderful and absolutely dumb American laws.

In order to develop a fairly easy to read and not too long lens, I decided to break them up into subjects, so for you pleasure I introduce you to some of the strangest laws in the USA that relat to animals.

Other subjects will follow.

Weird and dumb animal laws USA


It is illegal to wear a false moustache that creates laughter in church.


It is illegal to shove a live moose out of an airplane whilst in flight.


Donkeys must not be allowed sleep in bathtubs.


It is unlawful to walk a cow down Main Street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.


Animals must not be allowed to mate publicly within 500 yards of a tavern, school, or place of worship.


It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence of alcohol.


Any dogs bearing tattoos must be reported to police.


Elephants tethered to a parking meter will be charged the same as it would for a vehicle.


Goldfish must not be given away as an incentive to play of bingo.


It is illegal to fish from a camel’s back.


Giving a dog whiskey is illegal


It is illegal to pass a horse on the street.


Horses must not eat fire hydrants.


Shooting rabbits from motorboats is illegal


It is illegal to dye a duckling blue for the purpose of selling it unless more than six are for sale at the same time.


Stealing an alligator carries a ten year jail sentence.


Deer must not be fed.


Taking a lion to the cinema is illegal


Gorillas are not allowed in the back seat of any car.


Killing a dog using a decompression chamber is illegal


Entering Wisconsin with a chicken upon ones head is illegal.


Stabling of Horses within 50 feet of any road is illegal


It is illegal to provide alcohol to elephants.


It is illegal to carry sheep in the cab of a truck without a chaperone.


Whale fishing is illegal


It is illegal to drive a camel on the public highway

New Hampshire

Any cattle that crosses state roads must be fitted with a diaper type device to gather its feces

New Jersey

Detaining or causing delay to a homing pigeon is illegal.

New Mexico

It is prohibited to hunt in the Mountain View Cemetery.

North Carolina

Elephants may not be deployed to plough cotton fields.


It is illegal to display coloured chickens for the purpose of selling.


It is illegal to have the hind legs of any farm animal in your boots.


Canned corn must not to be used for fishing bait.


Motorist seeing horses coming in their direction must pull off the road, cover camouflage his car with a blanket or canvas in order that it blends in with the countryside until the horses pass.

Rhode Island

Racing a horse over any public highway, or testing the speed of the horse is illegal.

South Carolina

Horses must not be kept in bathtubs.

South Dakota

Horses are not allowed in the Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.


Shoot any game other than whales from a moving vehicle is illegal


It is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.


Birds have the right of way on all public highways.


It was illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole. (Repealed)


Only raccoons may be hunted and then only until 2:00 AM

West Virginia

Road kill can be picked up and taken home for supper.


Livestock have the right-of-way on public roads.


You may not take a photograph of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.


Do you know of any strange animal related laws in the USA?

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I know a weird, strange or even dumb USA animal related law!

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    • marktplaatsshop profile image

      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      This is a strang one, if they do then they do what they want, "just try to stop them"


      Animals must not be allowed to mate publicly within 500 yards of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

      a very nice lens, I have to have some huge laugh, thanks for sharing

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      spunkyduckling 5 years ago

      wow are those really laws? Well guess some people were silly enough to do those things so they just had to turn them into laws right? Goodness gracious - its funny though.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very fun lens.

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      nephthys lm 5 years ago

      What were the people who made these laws thinking? WWas it just- what the hell, I'm insane?!? Or was there a good reason?

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      These are really enjoyable - pinned to my humor board.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      I am glad that I found out that Taking a lion to the cinema is illegal in the state of Maryland. Wow that was a close one, I was planning to do that :)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Too funny! How about weird Canada laws next?

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      I just can't imagine what led to the making of some of those laws... Some people must have made some silly and strange decisions haha

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      MasterPsycho 6 years ago from Earth

      some of them are reasonable....others ..i can imagine why they have voted such laws....but most of them are really...really dumb....the people who voted for those laws must have had mental problems...

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I must remember to have my elephant carry pocket change for the parking meters! LOL

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I'm going to the movies this evening, and wasn't planning on taking a lion even though I don't live in Maryland!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      These are hilarious. Always makes me wonder what events made the passage of such laws happen.

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      MarkFashionista 7 years ago

      Crazy laws! :) Great lens.

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      UKGhostwriter 7 years ago

      @Tarra99: I'll do the same this what Charles Dickens meant when he said 'The Law Is An Ass' ??

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      strange indeed! ...if I'm ever in Arizona I'll be sure to not let any donkeys sleep in my bathtub!