Chapter 47: Livestock And Domestic Animals

Article 18: Miscellaneous

Statute 47-1827: Prohibited acts; criminal penalties. (a) No person shall, without the effective consent of the owner and with the intent to damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility, damage or destroy an animal facility or any animal or property in or on an animal facility.

      (b)   No person shall, without the effective consent of the owner, acquire or otherwise exercise control over an animal facility, an animal from an animal facility or other property from an animal facility, with the intent to deprive the owner of such facility, animal or property and to damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility.

      (c)   No person shall, without the effective consent of the owner and with the intent to damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility:

      (1)   Enter an animal facility, not then open to the public, with intent to commit an act prohibited by this section;

      (2)   remain concealed, with intent to commit an act prohibited by this section, in an animal facility;

      (3)   enter an animal facility and commit or attempt to commit an act prohibited by this section; or

      (4)   enter an animal facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera or by any other means.

      (d) (1)   No person shall, without the effective consent of the owner and with the intent to damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility, enter or remain on an animal facility if the person:

      (A)   Had notice that the entry was forbidden; or

      (B)   received notice to depart but failed to do so.

      (2)   For purposes of this subsection (d), "notice" means:

      (A)   Oral or written communication by the owner or someone with apparent authority to act for the owner;

      (B)   fencing or other enclosure obviously designed to exclude intruders or to contain animals; or

      (C)   a sign or signs posted on the property or at the entrance to the building, reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders, indicating that entry is forbidden.

      (e)   No person shall, without the effective consent of the owner and with the intent to damage or destroy the field crop product, damage or destroy any field crop product that is grown in the context of a product development program in conjunction or coordination with a private research facility or a university or any federal, state or local governmental agency.

      (f)   No person shall, without the effective consent of the owner and with the intent to damage or destroy the field crop product, enter any property, with the intent to damage or destroy any field crop product that is grown in the context of a product development program in conjunction or coordination with a private research facility or a university or any federal, state or local governmental agency.

      (g) (1)   Violation of subsection (a) or (e) is a severity level 7, nonperson felony if the facility, animals, field crop product or property is damaged or destroyed to the extent of $25,000 or more. Violation of subsection (a) or (e) is a severity level 9, nonperson felony if the facility, animals, field crop product or property is damaged or destroyed to the extent of at least $1,000 but less than $25,000. Violation of subsection (a) or (e) is a class A nonperson misdemeanor if the facility, animals, field crop product or property damaged or destroyed is of the value of less than $1,000 or is of the value of $1,000 or more and is damaged to the extent of less than $1,000.

      (2)   Violation of subsection (b) is a severity level 10, nonperson felony.

      (3)   Violation of subsection (c) is a class A, nonperson misdemeanor.

      (4)   Violation of subsection (d) or (f) is a class B nonperson misdemeanor.

      (h)   The provisions of this section shall not apply to lawful activities of any governmental agency or employees or agents thereof carrying out their duties under law.

      History:   L. 1990, ch. 192, § 3; L. 2001, ch. 90, § 3; L. 2006, ch. 194, § 32; May 25.