|Statute by category||Citation||Summary|
|CA - Impound - § 53074. Seizure and impoundment of dogs on private property||West's Ann. Cal. Gov. Code § 53074||
This California statute provides that animal control officer shall not seize or impound a dog on its owner's property for violation of a leash ordinance or issue citations for the violation of such ordinance when the dog has not strayed from the owner's private property. However, if the dog has strayed from the property and later returned to it, an officer may issue a citation if the owner is present or impound the dog if the owner is not present. In the latter circumstance, the officer must leave a notice of impoundment at the residence.
|CA - Importation - Chapter 3. Importation of Wild Animals.||West's Ann. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 121775 - 121870||
This California set of law relates to the importation of "wild animals" (defined as any animal of the class Aves (birds) or class Mammalia (mammals) that either is not normally domesticated in this state or not native to this state). The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor. The department may issue a permit to import a wild animal provided that a determination is made that public health or safety will not be endangered.
|CA - Importation - Chapter 2. Of Other and Miscellaneous Offenses (653o - 653r)||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 653o - 653r||
These California laws relate to the importation of certain animals parts for commercial purposes. Under the law, it is unlawful to import into this state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any polar bear, leopard, ocelot, tiger, cheetah, jaguar, sable antelope, wolf (Canis lupus), zebra, whale, cobra, python, sea turtle, colobus monkey, kangaroo, vicuna, sea otter, free-roaming feral horse, dolphin or porpoise (Delphinidae), Spanish lynx, or elephant. Starting in 2015, it shall be unlawful to import into this state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any crocodile or alligator. Section 653p makes it unlawful to posses with the intent to sell any part or dead body of any species on the federal endangered species list or species covered under the MMPA. Section 653q makes it illegal to import for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any seal.
|CA - Import, dog - Chapter 1.5. Dog Importation: Health Certificates||West's Ann. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 121720 - 121723||This chapter relates to importation of dogs into California for sale purposes. A person seeking to bring a dog into this state or importing dogs into this state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership shall obtain a health certificate for that dog, completed by a licensed veterinarian and is dated within 10 days prior to the date on which the dog is brought into the state. However, this chapter does not apply to a person who brings a dog into the state that will not be offered for resale or if the ownership of the dog is not expected to change or to dogs used military or law enforcement work. A person who violates a provision of this chapter is guilty of an infraction, punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 for each dog for which a violation has occurred.|
|CA - Hunting, Internet - § 3003. Internet hunting and associated activities.||Cal. Fish & Game Code §3003||
This statute prohibits Internet hunting in the State of California. Under the law, it is unlawful to own or operate a shooting range or site for the purpose of online shooting or spearing of an animal. It is also unlawful to create, maintain, or utilize an Internet Web site, or other service or business in this state, for the purpose of online shooting or spearing of a bird or mammal.
|CA - Hunting Bears - Chapter 9. Bear||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 4750 - 4763||
These sections outline the requirements for taking a bear in California. It is unlawful, for example, to take any bear with a firearm, trap, or bow and arrow without first procuring a license tag authorizing the taking. These sections list the license requirements and other restrictions on the method of taking, including penalties for violations.
|CA - Hunting - § 3513. Migratory nongame birds; protection||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 3513||
California law reiterates that it is illegal to take or possess any bird or its parts that is listed under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, of which the eagle is listed. .
|CA - Hunting - § 3511. Fully protected birds; permits or licenses; necessary scientific research; legal imports;||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 3511||
California law specifically states that no other statutes are to be construed to allow the taking of state protected birds, of which the golden eagle and bald eagle are listed, and any licenses issued to take protected birds are void unless issued for scientific or depredation purposes.
|CA - Hunting - § 2124. Possession, purchase, sale or transfer of wild animals||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 2124||Under this California law, it is unlawful for any person to possess, transport, import, export, propagate, purchase, sell, or transfer any live mammal for the purposes of maiming, injuring, or killing the mammal for gain, amusement, or sport.|
|CA - Hunting - Chapter 4. Deer. Article 3. Archery Deer Hunting.||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 4370 - 4371||
These two sections govern archery deer hunting in California. Archery hunting is done with a bow and arrow and hunters which participate in this type of hunting are restricted from carrying a firearm.
|CA - Hunting - Chapter 4. Deer. Article 2. License Tags||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 4330 - 4341||
These provisions relate to the license requirements for deer hunting for both residents and nonresidents of California. For example, the holder of a deer tag license shall carry the tag while hunting deer, and upon the killing of any deer, shall immediately fill out the tag and permanently mark the date of the kill. The deer tag shall be immediately attached to the antlers of antlered deer or to the ear of any other deer and kept attached during the open season and for 15 days thereafter.
|CA - Hunting - Chapter 4. Deer.||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 4301 - 4304||
These sections regulate the selling of deer meat and other parts of the deer, namely the skin, hide and head. Once a deer has been legally taken, the code allows the skin or hide to be sold, purchased, tanned, or manufactured into articles for sale. There is also a provision which prohibits the capturing or destroying of any deer and detaching or removing from the carcass only the head, hide, antlers, or horn. This same section also forbids any person from leaving through carelessness or neglect any game mammal or game bird which is in his possession, or any portion of the flesh thereof usually eaten by humans, to go needlessly to waste.
|CA - Hunting - Chapter 3. Nongame Mammals and Depredators||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 4150 - 4155, 4180 - 4190||
These sections regulate the taking and killing of nongame mammals and depredatory animals. Nongame and fur-bearing mammals that are injuring crops or other property may be taken at any time or in any manner in accordance with this code. In some cases, a permit is required. It is unlawful to use snares, hooks, or barbed wire to remove from the den, or fire to kill in the den, any immature predatory mammal. Predators that are relocated by the department must be tagged.
|CA - Hunting - Article 2.5. Hunter's Safety.||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 3049 - 3055.1||
The Legislature of California in these sections finds and declares that individuals who engage in hunting should possess an adequate understanding of hunter safety practices, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship. In order to achieve these goals, hunters must procure a license and complete a course in hunter safety.
|CA - Hunting - Article 2. Hunting Licenses||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 3031 - 3040||
These sections outline the general licensing requirements for hunting in the State of California. The provisions contain age and residency requirements, grant lifetime licenses in certain instances, and outline preferences for members of the armed forces and veterans.
|CA - Hunting - Article 1. Methods of Taking (including trapping methods)||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 3000 - 3012||
These sections pertain to hunting in California. A hunting license is required, and certain hunting methods are prohibited, such as night hunting, hunting while intoxicated, shooting at an animal from a vehicle, Internet hunting, the use of body-gripping or metal-jawed traps, the use of certain poisons and lead bullets, and the use of bird or mammal calls.
|CA - Hunting - Chapter 5. Management of Deer||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 450 - 460||
In an effort to to encourage the conservation, restoration, maintenance, and utilization of California's wild deer populations, these sections mandate the creation of plans for deer herd management units. Such units may encompass a single deer herd or a group of deer herds having similar management and habitat requirements and characteristics. The objectives of such management plans are the restoration and maintenance of healthy deer herds in the wild state and to provide for high quality and diversified use of deer in California.
|CA - Humane Slaughter - Chapter 6. Slaughter||West's Ann. Cal. Food & Agric. Code § 19501 - 19503||
This California section constitutes the humane slaughter provisions for cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, goats, fallow deer, and poultry. The law provides that the animal shall be rendered insensible to pain by a captive bolt, gunshot, electrical or chemical means, or any other means that is rapid and effective before being cut, shackled, hoisted, thrown, or cast, with the exception of poultry which may be shackled. Note that despite the section covering poultry, it does not apply to the slaughter of spent hens and small game birds, as defined by the department by regulation.
|CA - Housing, mobile homes - § 798.33. Pets||West's Ann.Cal.Civ.Code § 798.33||This California law relates to pets in mobile home parks. It states that no lease agreement entered into, modified, or renewed on or after January 1, 2001, shall prohibit a homeowner from keeping at least one pet within the park, subject to reasonable rules and regulations of the park. "Pet" is defined as any domesticated bird, cat, dog, aquatic animal kept within an aquarium, or other animal as agreed to between the management and the homeowner.|
|CA - Housing - § 4715. Pets within common interest developments||West's Ann. Cal. Civ. Code § 4715||This California statute states that no governing documents shall prohibit the owner of a separate interest within a common interest development from keeping at least one pet.|
|CA - Housing - Pet Friendly Housing Act of 2017||West's Ann. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 50466||The California Department of Housing and Community Development requires each housing development to authorize a resident of the housing development to own or maintain one or more common household pets within a resident's dwelling unit.|
|CA - Horses docking - § 597r. Docked horses; exception of imported stock; registration||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597r||
This statute makes it a misdemeanor to violate any of the horse docking provisions, but creates an exception from the provisions of Sections 597n, 597p, and 597q, to persons owning or possessing any docked purebred stallions and mares imported from foreign countries for breeding or exhibition purposes only.
|CA - Horse Tripping - Poling or tripping a horse; offenses; exceptions||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597g||
This section makes it a misdemeanor to pole or trip a horse for entertainment or sport. Poling is a method of training a horse to jump by forcing, persuading, or enticing a horse to lift its legs higher over a jump by hitting its front legs with a pole, rope, stick, etc. Tripping a horse is using a wire, pole, stick, rope, etc. to cause a horse to fall or lose its balance.
|CA - Horse transportation - § 597x. Disabled equine; sale or transport for commercial slaughter; misdemeanor||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597x||
This statute makes it a misdemeanor to sell, load, or transport, any live equine that is disabled, if it is intended to be sold, loaded, or transported for commercial slaughter out of the state.
|CA - Horse tack - § 597k. Bristle bur, tack bur, etc.; use on animals||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597k||
This section makes it a misdemeanor to use a bristle bur, tack bur, or similar device, to be used on a horse or any other animal. A violation is punishable with imprisonment and/or imprisonment.
|CA - Horse slaughter - § 598d. Sale of horsemeat for human consumption||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 598d||
This statute prohibits the sale of horsemeat for human consumption. No restaurant, cafe, or other public eating place may offer horsemeat for sale for human consumption. A first time violation is a misdemeanor.
|CA - Horse slaughter - § 598c. Horse slaughter for human consumption||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 598c||
This statute makes it unlawful to possess, to import into or export from the state, or to sell, buy, give away, hold, or accept any equine with the intent of killing it for the purpose of human consumption. Violations could result in a felony conviction with a prison sentence of up to three years.
|CA - Horse slaughter - § 597o. Humane transportation of equine to slaughter; vehicle requirements;||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597o||
This statute outlines the requirements for transporting equine to slaughter, including, but limited to, proper ventilation, sufficient space for equine to stand, and the use of ramps and floors with nonskid surfaces.
|CA - Horse docking - § 597q. Docked horses; unregistered; prima facie evidence||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597q||
This statute provides that driving, working, keeping, racing or using any unregistered docked horse 60 days after the passage of this act is prima facie evidence of the fact that the party engaged in such activity docked the tail of such horse.
|CA - Horse docking - § 597p. Docked horses; registration; time; fee; certificate||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597p||
This statute requires every owner, or user of any docked horse, within the State of California, to register his or her docked horse.
|CA - Horse - § 21759. Caution in passing animals||West's Ann. Cal. Vehicle Code § 21759||This California law provides that the driver of any vehicle that approaches a horse drawn vehicle, any ridden animal, or livestock must exercise proper control of his vehicle and shall reduce speed or stop as may appear necessary to avoid frightening the animal and to insure safety of the person in charge of the animal.|
|CA - Historical - Statutes of 1900: Sections 597-599c||1900 Cal. Stat. §§ 597 - 599c||The General Laws of California from 1900 covers such sections concerning: Cruelty to Animals, Poisoning of Cattle, killing of birds in cemeteries and killing of gulls or cranes. The Cruelty to Animal section describes laws concerning horses, abandoned animal, torture and maiming of animals, use of animals in fights, and arrest without warrants. In addition, the section covers evidence, stallions, and impounding without food and water. The section about the killing of birds in the cemetery concerns also killing and detaining of homing pigeons. The last section about killing of gulls and cranes also concerns the destruction of eggs and nests.|
|CA - Historical - General Laws of 1913: Title 14: Section 596-599f||Cal. Penal Code §§ 597 - 599f (1913)||The General Laws of California from 1913, title 14, covers Malicious Mischief which includes sections concerning: Cruelty to Animals, Poisoning of Cattle, killing of birds in cemeteries and killing of gulls or cranes. The Cruelty to Animal section describes laws concerning horses, abandoned animal, torture and maiming of animals, use of animals in fights, and arrest without warrants. In addition, the section covers evidence, stallions, and impounding without food and water. The section about the killing of birds in the cemetery concerns also killing and detaining of homing pigeons. The last section about killing of gulls and cranes also concerns the destruction of eggs and nests. In addition, the section covers killing of elk and prosecution for these offenses.|
|CA - Historical - 1872: Cruelty to Animals||Cal. Penal Code 597 (1872)||Enacted February 14, 1872 (almost identical with Field's Draft, Section 699), and then read: "Every person who maliciously kills, maims, or wounds an animal, the property of another, or who maliciously and cruelly beats, tortures, or injures any animal, whether belonging to himself or another, is guilty of a misdemeanor."|
|CA - Fur - § 996. Fur bearing animals raised in captivity; ownership; protection of law||West's Ann. Cal. Civ. Code § 996||
This California law provides that any furbearing animal whether born in captivity or brought into captivity for the purpose of pelting fur is regarded as personal property, the same as other domestic animals.
|CA - Fur - § 598a. Killing dog or cat with intent of selling or giving away pelt; possession, sale or importation of pelt with i||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 598a||
This statute makes it a misdemeanor to kill any dog or cat with the sole intent of selling or giving away the pelt of the animal. It also makes it a misdemeanor to possess, import into California, sell, buy, give away or accept any pelt of a dog or cat with the sole intent of selling or giving away the pelt of the dog or cat.
|CA - Forfeiture - § 599aa. Seizure of fighting animals and birds, paraphernalia, etc.; affidavit of officer; custody of seized p||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 599aa||
This section provides for the seizure and forfeiture of all birds, animals, paraphernalia, and any other property which is used in the fighting of birds or animals, the training of birds or animals to fight, or to inflict pain or cruelty on fighting animals. The section outlines the procedures for seizure and forfeiture, including what is to be done with seized animals.
|CA - Food service - § 114259.4 Food service employees handling or caring for animals on premises||West's Ann. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 114259.4||California's Health Code specifies that employees working in the food industry are only allowed to handle or care for their service animals or fish/shellfish/crustaceans in display tanks if they wash their hands. Outside of this they are not to handle other animals that may be present.|
|CA - Food Production - Chapter 13.4. Force Fed Birds||West's Ann. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 25980 - 25984.1||
This chapter concerns force fed birds (usually ducks or geese), employed in the process of making foie gras . Beginning July 1, 2012, California outlaws the sale of any product in the state that is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird's liver beyond normal size. A peace or humane society officer may issue a citation for a civil penalty up to $1,000 for each violation, and up to $1,000 for each day the violation continues.
|CA - Fishing, Sport - Sport Fishing Provisions||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 7100 - 7400||
These provisions apply to the taking and possession of fish for any purpose other than commercial. The provisions outline license requirements, bag limits and possession requirements for various types of fish, as well as enumerate certain sale and taking prohibitions.
|CA - Fish & Game - Chapter 1. Taking and Possessing in General||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 2000 - 2022||
These sections make it unlawful to take any bird, mammal, fish, reptile, or amphibian except as provided in this code. Some of the restrictions in the code refer to taking after season, offering a prize or inducement to take game, setting a bounty for an animal, using sniper scopes, artificial lights, or trap guns. Section 2009 also makes it a crime willfully interfere with the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of shooting, hunting, or fishing.
|CA - Fish & Game - Chapter 1. General Definitions||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 1 - 89.5||
This chapter includes the general definitions for the Fish and Game Code.
|CA - Fish & Game - Chapter 6.5. Control of Illegally Taken Fish and Wildlife||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 2580 - 2589||
This set of laws outlines various violations involving the possession and movement of illegally obtained animals and imposes liability for those activities.
|CA - Fighting Animals - § 597b. Fighting animals or cockfighting; prohibition; penalties; aiding and abetting||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597b||
This statute forbids anyone from causing a fight between any animal or creature for amusement or gain, or allowing an animal fight to take place on her premises. It also makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to be present at an animal fight.
|CA - Fighting - § 598.1. Dogfighting; forfeiture proceedings||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 598.1||
This California law allows the prosecuting attorney to file a petition for forfeiture in animal fighting cases under Section 597.5 or subdivision (b) of Section 597b. Any property interest, whether tangible or intangible, that was acquired through the commission of any of the crimes listed in subdivision (a) of Section 597.5 or subdivision (b) of Section 597b shall be subject to forfeiture, including both personal and real property, profits, proceeds, and the instrumentalities acquired, accumulated, or used by cockfighting or dogfighting participants, organizers, transporters of animals and equipment, breeders and trainers of fighting birds or fighting dogs, and persons who steal or illegally obtain dogs or other animals for fighting, including bait and sparring animals.
|CA - Fighting - § 597d. Fighting animals or birds; entries and arrests without warrant||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597d||
This provision allows for law enforcement officers to enter any place, building, or tenement, where there is an exhibition of the fighting of birds or animals, or where preparations are being made for such an exhibition, and, without a warrant, arrest all persons present.
|CA - Fighting - § 597c. Animal fighting exhibitions; spectators; penalty||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597c||
Whoever owns, possesses, keeps, or trains any bird or animal, with the intent that such animal shall be engaged in an exhibition of fighting, or is present at such exhibition, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
|CA - Farm Animal Cruelty - Chapter 13.8. Farm Animal Cruelty. § 25991. Definitions.||West's Ann. Cal. Health & Safety Code § 25990 - 25994||
This section provides the definitions, exception,s and enforcement provisions for the Chapter 13.8, Farm Animal Cruelty. The section was added after voters approved Initiative Measure (Prop. 2) in 2008. 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.
|CA - Facility - § 868.4. Authorization for therapy or facility dogs to accompany certain witnesses in criminal||West's Ann.Cal.Penal Code § 868.4||This law, effective in 2018, allows either party in a criminal or juvenile hearing to ask the court for approval to bring a therapy or facility dog for a child witness in a court proceeding involving any serious felony or any other victim who is entitled to a support person. Before a therapy or facility dog may be used, the party seeking its use must file a motion with the court that includes: (1) the training or credentials of the therapy or facility dog; (2) the training of the therapy or facility dog handler; and (3) facts justifying that the presence of the therapy or facility dog may reduce anxiety or otherwise be helpful to the witness while testifying. The court may grant the motion unless it finds the use of the therapy or facility dog would cause undue prejudice or be unduly disruptive to the court. Appropriate measures must be taken to assure that the presence of the therapy or facility dog as unobtrusive and nondisruptive as possible.|
|CA - Euthanasia - § 599e. Killing unfit animals after notice by officer;||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 599e||
This statute requires an owner of an animal deemed to be unfit for employment to kill the animal within 12 hours, after being notified by any peace officer, or be subject to criminal penalties.