Wisconsin Animal Welfare Laws
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(1) and (2) prohibits the use of bait containing
poison in forests, fields, or other places where
it might destroy wild animals or birds. No person
may take a wild animal with explosives or poison
contains the statutes regarding crimes
against animals. The key statutes in this chapter
relate to mistreating animals, instigating fights
between animals, abandoning animals, and shooting
at caged or staked animals. This chapter also contains
a number of other statutes, such as prohibitions
on the sale of artificially colored live chicks
or ducklings, and harassment of police or fire animals.
These statutes relate to crimes against animals,
and contain a number of civil forfeitures, as well
as criminal penalties.
Prohibits the sale or use of pesticides
for bat control, except in emergency situations.
The statute provides a criminal penalty for knowing
violations, and imposes a civil forfeiture for lesser
Prohibits the sale of utensils painted
with any substance having a toxic effect on livestock,
where the utensil is intended for the purpose of
prohibits the shipment of chickens in crowed
or congested conditions that endanger the well-being
of the chickens.
requires the use of humane methods to kill
requires railroads to give precedence to
shipments of livestock over other freight.
expresses a legislative intent that animals
bred and used for racing in the state be treated
humanely throughout their lives.
of Natural Resources (DNR)
requires the DNR to promulgate rules regarding
the humane care and housing of native wild animals
that are held in captivity.
of Administration (DOA)
(1) (b) requires DOA to promulgate rules
to assure the humane treatment of animals used for
racing in this state.
requires the Board of Regents to adopt
criteria regarding the humane treatment of animals
for scientific research purposes.
of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
(10) authorizes DATCP to protect the health
of domestic animals in this state.
93.07 (11) authorized DATCP to cooperate
with humane societies and humane officers in the
enforcement of laws related to humane education
and the prevention of cruelty to animals.
(8) authorizes DATCP to promulgate rules
to regulate the humane treatment of animals in livestock
markets, and requires compliance with those rules.
(8) authorizes DATCP to promulgate rules
to regulate the humane treatment of animals by livestock
dealers, and requires compliance with those rules.
requires DATCP to promulgate rules regarding
the training and certification of humane officers.
(5) authorizes DATCP to promulgate rules
setting minimum requirements for humane care of
animals by the operator of an animal shelter or
authorizes local units of government to
provide or contract for the adequate care and treatment
of animals taken into custody by a humane officer
or law enforcement officer.
authorizes a local governmental unit or
person contracting with the local governmental unit
to withhold an animal in custody from an owner if
there are reasonable grounds to believe that the
owner has mistreated the animal in violation of
ch. 951, Stats.
Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, Veterinarians
(4) (b) and (5) (d) requires a humane officer,
local health officer, or law enforcement officer
to order a dog or cat quarantined if it is suspected
of having rabies. And authorizes the officer to
kill the animal in a humane manner if quarantine
cannot be imposed because the animal cannot be captured.
gives humane officers broad authority regarding
statutes and ordinances relating to animals.
authorizes the issuance of search warrants
to investigate violations of ch. 951 Stats, relating
to crimes against animals.
requires a veterinarian to submit a report
to the local humane officer or law enforcement agency
if the veterinarian believes that an animal has
been in a fight in violation of s.951.08, Stats.
(28) Provides a property tax exemption
for property owned and operated by a humane society
that is a nonprofit organization.
174.09 requires the payment of surplus
dog license taxes to the county humane society or
other organization that provides a pound.
95.01 prohibits the administration of dugs
to a horse in order to affect the performance of
the horse in a pulling contest.
(10) requires that live downer animals
that are picked up for animal food processing or
rendering must be slaughtered humanely before loading
95.80 defines humane methods of slaughter
and requires that humane methods be used by any
authorizes the officer or pound which has
custody of an unclaimed dog to release the dog to
scientific or educational institutions. "Humane"
is used in the title of the statute authorizing
the "humane use of dogs for scientific or educational
purposes," but does not appear in the substantive
provisions of the statute.
prohibits the use of a snowmobile to drive
or pursue an animal, except as part of normal farming
operations involving the driving of livestock.