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SB 0257 - Food Animal Cruelty? Must Consult Dept. of Agriculture before Filing Charges
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Tracking Level: Neutral
Sponsor: Bill Heath
Last Action: 3/21/2018 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Senate Committee: Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
House Committee: Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This legislation requires local law enforcement officers to consult with a Department of Agriculture Category II veterinarian before filing criminal charges related to animal cruelty/husbandry of "food animals" - to confirm whether or not such conduct is in accordance with customary and standard practice.  A food animal is one raised for the production of an edible product intended for consumption by humans.   

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