AN ACT TO AMEND THE AUTHORITY OF CITIES AND COUNTIES TO ADOPT ORDINANCES REGARDING ANIMALS. Enacted August 5, 2015. Effective August 5, 2015.
Summary date: Aug 10 2015 - View summary
Summary date: Jul 22 2015 - View summary
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Changes the number of proposed GS 153A-145.3 to GS 153A-145.4.
Amends proposed GS 160A-203.1 to provide that for the purposes of the statute, the term "farm animal" includes poultry flocks of greater than 20 birds (was, includes poultry).
Summary date: Apr 21 2015 - View summary
House committee substitute makes the following changes.
Deletes all provisions of the previous edition and instead provides as follows.
Enacts new GS 153A-145.3, applicable to counties, and new GS 160A-203.1, applicable to cities, prohibiting ordinances that regulate standards of care for farm animals, defined in the act to include the construction, repair, or improvement of farm animal shelter or housing; restrictions on the types of feed or medicines; and exercise and social interaction requirements. Defines farm animals.
Summary date: Apr 6 2015 - View summary
Enacts new subsection (d) to GS 153A-121, pertaining to the general ordinance-making power of a county, and enacts new subsection (d) to GS 160A-174, pertaining to the general ordinance-making power of a city, to prohibit any county or city from establishing standards of care for farm animals, including, but not limited to, the construction, repair, or improvement of farm animal shelter or housing, restrictions on the types of feed or medicines that may be given to farm animals, and exercise and social interaction requirements. Defines farm animal to include cattle, oxen, bison, sheep, swine, goats, horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, hinnies, llamas, alpacas, lagomorphs, ratites, and poultry.
Current law provides under GS 153A-127 that a county may define and prohibit the abuse of animals by ordinance and GS 160A-182 provides the same authority to a city. However, GS 153A-127 and GS 160A-182 reiterate that these provisions do not authorize a county or city to establish standards of care for farm animals.