Update May 6, 2008: This bill has now passed the House and Senate. It has been sent to Governor Linda Lingle for signature.Â Â
For more informaiton on this bill, read Animal Law Coalition’s earlier report below.
Original report: In 2007 Hawaii adopted HRS Â§711-1108.5 which made it a Class C felony to torture, mutilate or poison a pet animal. Â This was the first time any animal cruelty became a felony in Hawaii.
"Pet animal", though,Â includes only a dog, cat, domesticated rabbit, guinea pig, domesticated pig, or caged birds as long as the animal is "not bred for consumption." HRS Â§711-1100. The definition of torture is broad:Â "’Torture’ includes every act, omission, or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death is caused or permitted." HRS Â§711-1100Â Â
The torture, mutilation and poisoning of all other animals and all other animal cruelty are misdemeanors. HRS Â§711-1109
Now a bill, S.B. 2895, which has already passed the Hawaii Senate, would make it a Class C felony to torture, mutilate or poison any equine. Â
What You Can Do
The Hawaii House Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on S.B. 2895 on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 4:10 p.m. in Conference Rm. 325 at the State Capitol. Â Plan to attend.
Also, and if you cannot attend the hearing to support this bill, write (faxes are best) or call members of the Committee listed below and urge them to vote yes on S.B. 2895 to protect Hawaii’s horses from torture, mutilation and poisoning. Â Just click on their names to find contact information.