Full Statute Name:  Revised Statutes Annotated of the State of New Hampshire. Title LXII. Criminal Code (Ch. 625 to 651-F). Chapter 644. Breaches of the Peace and Related Offenses. Title VII. Sheriffs, Constables, and Police Officers (Ch. 104 to 106-K). Chapter 105. Police Officers and Watchmen. Domestic Animals. 644:8-e Willful Interference With Organizations or Projects Involving Animals or With Animal Facilities.

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Primary Citation:  N.H. Rev. Stat. § 644:8-e Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  December, 2016 Alternate Citation:  NH ST § 644:8-e Date Adopted:  1993
Summary: This law is New Hampshire's eco/agroterrorism law. The law states that whoever willfully causes bodily injury or willfully interferes with any property, including animals or records, used by any organization or project involving animals, or with any animal facility shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Whoever in the course of a violation of paragraph I causes serious bodily injury to another individual or economic loss in excess of $10,000 shall be guilty of a class B felony.
Statute Text: 

I. Whoever willfully causes bodily injury or willfully interferes with any property, including animals or records, used by any organization or project involving animals, or with any animal facility shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

II. Whoever in the course of a violation of paragraph I causes serious bodily injury to another individual or economic loss in excess of $10,000 shall be guilty of a class B felony, and may be subject to an order of restitution pursuant to RSA 651:63.

III. For the purposes of this section:

(a) "An organization or project involving animals" means:

(1) A commercial or academic enterprise that uses animals for food or fiber production, agriculture, research, education, or testing.

(2) Any lawful competitive animal event, including but not limited to conformation shows or obedience trials, field trials, agility events, hunts, sled races, or training activities.

(3) Any fair or similar event intended to advance the agricultural arts and sciences.

(b) "Animal facilities" means any vehicle, building, structure, research facility, or premises where an animal is kept, handled, housed, exhibited, bred or offered for sale.

(c) "Economic loss" means "economic loss" as defined in RSA 651:62, III.

IV. Nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict any constitutional, statutory, regulatory or common law right.

HISTORY

Source. 1993, 170:1, eff. May 24, 1993.

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