Celebrate 2013 Election Day with these 10 bizarre animal laws from around the United States here at EntirelyPets
With it being election season this month- EntirelyPets reminds and encourages you to register to vote. Whether or not you are voting in your state this month, we’re celebrating the democratic and legislative processes by taking a look at 10 of the most bizarre pet laws here in the United States. We hope you enjoy them!
Chicago, IL - It is illegal to give a dog whiskey or other strong drink; it is also illegal to give a dog, cat or other pet a lit cigar.
It seems a bit odd that this needs legislation but apparently there are some people out there that wish to share their vices with their pets. What’s more odd is perhaps the strict wording of these laws which seem to permit the distribution of cigarettes or beer.
South Dakota - No horses are allowed into fountain inn unless they are wearing pants.
Alright, this one probably takes the cake in terms of sheer bizarreness. It’s understandable that an inn might want to prevent certain accidents from occurring but to have a law demanding specific attire for horses in a particular inn? Now you’ve lost me.
Berkeley, CA - It is unlawful to whistle for your escaped pet bird before 7 a.m.
Though it seems reasonable enough of a request, you have to wonder how this became enough of a nuisance as to warrant legislation. Was it just one person with a vendetta against a neighbor’s rude habits or was this a common occurrence throughout the city? The world may never know.
Arkansas - It is illegal to blindfold cows on public highways.
You know there’s some horrible story behind this law. Whatever it is- I don’t want to know it. Oddly enough, the specific diction of this law seems to imply that placing cows that are not blindfolded onto a public highway is perfectly acceptable.
Alabama - It's against the law to teach a bear to wrestle
Well, this law makes perfect sense. Can you imagine how dangerous a bear would be if it knew how to wrestle?
Palding, OH - A police officer may bite a dog to quiet him.
It would be interesting to see the thought process that led to not only this law being passed but also to the decision of any officer attempting to bite a dog. You think it would be easier to pet a dog to calm it- or literally do anything else other than bite it.
Baltimore, MD - It's illegal to take a lion to the movies.
I’m thoroughly impressed that this is a law because it means that at some point in time some person actually attempted to take a lion to the movies- presumably to watch The Lion King.
Texas - It is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
I’m all for instating laws against hunting, or at the very least, restricting it; however, this is one of the oddest restriction on any activity on this list. It appears that not only is it acceptable to shoot a buffalo out of the first story of a hotel but also that it's perfectly reasonable behavior to shoot one from the second story of a residence.
Massachusetts - Gorillas are not allowed in the back seat of any car
Another fun law due to its oddly specific nature, this piece of legislation appears to have an interesting story behind it. Yet again, the vague wording of this law leaves citizens wondering whether gorillas can ride shotgun.
Missouri - It is illegal to provide alcohol to elephants.
I can’t imagine that there’s an abundance of elephants in Missouri; but, apparently, there are enough to warrant the passage of this law. I guess you’ll have to go to another state to find an Elephant Bar that actually serves elephants drinks.