2010 California Code
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
Health and Safety Code
Chapter 13.8. Farm Animal Cruelty
25990. Prohibitions. In addition to other applicable provisions of law, a person shall not tether or confine any covered animal, on a farm, for all or the majority of any day, in a manner that prevents such animal from: (a) Lying down, standing up, and fully extending his or her limbs; and (b) Turning around freely. 25991. Definitions. For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings: (a) "Calf raised for veal" means any calf of the bovine species kept for the purpose of producing the food product described as veal. (b) "Covered animal" means any pig during pregnancy, calf raised for veal, or egg-laying hen who is kept on a farm. (c) "Egg-laying hen" means any female domesticated chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or guinea fowl kept for the purpose of egg production. (d) "Enclosure" means any cage, crate, or other structure (including what is commonly described as a "gestation crate" for pigs; a "veal crate" for calves; or a "battery cage" for egg-laying hens) used to confine a covered animal. (e) "Farm" means the land, building, support facilities, and other equipment that are wholly or partially used for the commercial production of animals or animal products used for food or fiber; and does not include live animal markets. (f) "Fully extending his or her limbs" means fully extending all limbs without touching the side of an enclosure, including, in the case of egg-laying hens, fully spreading both wings without touching the side of an enclosure or other egg-laying hens. (g) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, limited liability company, corporation, estate, trust, receiver, or syndicate. (h) "Pig during pregnancy" means any pregnant pig of the porcine species kept for the primary purpose of breeding. (i) "Turning around freely" means turning in a complete circle without any impediment, including a tether, and without touching the side of an enclosure. 25992. Exceptions. This chapter shall not apply: (a) During scientific or agricultural research. (b) During examination, testing, individual treatment or operation for veterinary purposes. (c) During transportation. (d) During rodeo exhibitions, state or county fair exhibitions, 4-H programs, and similar exhibitions. (e) During the slaughter of a covered animal in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 19501) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to humane methods of slaughter, and other applicable law and regulations. (f) To a pig during the seven-day period prior to the pig's expected date of giving birth. 25993. Enforcement. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 180 days or by both such fine and imprisonment. 25994. Construction of Chapter. The provisions of this chapter are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other laws protecting animal welfare, including the California Penal Code. This chapter shall not be construed to limit any state law or regulations protecting the welfare of animals, nor shall anything in this chapter prevent a local governing body from adopting and enforcing its own animal welfare laws and regulations.
Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. California may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or the information linked to on the state site. Please check official sources.