What laws do we have that protect animals?

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    Well, in the Indian constitution, there is a provision (Article 51-A) that the people of India have a moral obligation to prevent animal suffering. More locally though, animal law generally deal with animal cruelty, animal control, laboratory animal welfare, the use of animals in education, product testing and in the laboratory, animal control issues, animals poaching and smuggling, and general animal welfare. In New Jersey for example there are 431 laws that pertain to animal protection. Ranging from the laws that provide special rights and protection to eye-seeing dogs. Also there are many laws that pertain to land protection that are directly tied to protecting the wilderness and local ecosystem as a whole – including its animals. For specifics though, there is the, “Airborne Hunting Act or Shooting from Aircraft Act, prohibits shooting or attempting to shoot or harassing any bird, fish, or other animal from aircraft except for certain specified reasons, including protection of wildlife, livestock, and human life as authorized by a Federal or State issued license or permit. States authorized to issue permits are required to file reports with the Secretary of the Interior containing information on any permits issued.” There is also the Animal Control Act. “The Act of March 2, 1931, (46 Stat. 1468) provided broad authority for investigation, demonstrations and control of mammalian predators, rodents and birds.” Another example would be the Animal Enterprise Terrorism act, “The bill is described by the author as being intended to “provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror.” The examples were federal level and there are many many more. There are a lot more examples here: http://www.fws.gov/laws/lawsdigest/Resourcelaws.html. Each section of laws in the center of the page offers a list of laws; though it also shows different types of laws, like international treaties.

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