Horses now protected 'pets' in Hawaii

Horses now protected 'pets' in Hawaii

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Oct 01, 2008
By dvm360.com staff

HONOLULU — Horses are protected pets under Hawaii's cruelty-to-animals statute.

The newly amended law brings all equids — including ponies, mules, donkeys, asses, burros and zebras — under protection.

It is a felony in Hawaii to perform research on, torture, mutilate, poison or otherwise harm protected animals. The law states that animals injured without hope for recovery should be immediately euthanized without penalty.