Ig signs laws to give animals protections

HONOLULU — Animal advocates across Hawai‘i are celebrating a successful legislative year with the passage of seven new animal-protection laws.

Hawai‘i law now prohibits the sale of cosmetics produced as a result of animal testing. The law is intended to stop new animal testing for cosmetics, and does not impact the sale of ingredients or cosmetics that were previously tested on animals.

The state made significant strides in wildlife protection with three new laws. Hawai‘i is now the seventh state to ban the intentional release of balloons, sparing marine animals unnecessary suffering from ingesting or becoming entangled in balloon pieces.

The Legislature passed a bill authorizing Hawai‘i to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which will crack down on wildlife

Hawai‘i has also banned the intentional killing of sharks in state waters.

Lawmakers passed three bills signed into law by Gov. David Ige to improve companion-animal welfare. After years of attempts by animal advocates and concerned citizens, Hawai‘i now has a law that prohibits inhumane dog tethering, and ensures that dogs left unsupervised are safe and receive adequate shelter.

Additionally, Hawai‘i joins 48 other states in prohibiting sexual abuse of animals, a form of abuse that has been linked to sexual abuse of children and other violent acts.

Finally, the Legislature passed a bill to protect veterinarians from liability for providing emergency treatment to animals. This new law also requires veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse, and protects them from liability for doing so.

Andi Bernat, senior policy director of state affairs for the Humane Society of the United States, said: “We are grateful to Governor Ige and the Legislature for recognizing the importance of these issues and thank the dedicated animal advocates who made this progress possible.”

  1. Makani B. Howard July 10, 2021 8:07 am Reply

    Finally! Don’t leave your dogs tethered out in your yard! Especially if they aren’t covered, Kauai! The way we treat our animals here on island is ridiculously awful.

  2. Kauai July 10, 2021 10:34 am Reply

    This is great, but they need to have better laws to protect hunting dogs, the hunting dogs are treated so poorly and are considered “property”, animals seen in poor conditions should be able to legally be taken from the owner

  3. DUH July 10, 2021 6:58 pm Reply

    Ig? Man, if you gonna fail, go for the two for one: (1) Misspell someone’s name; and (2) in the headline with bolded letters. (So much for proofreading and standards.)

  4. LMat July 12, 2021 8:54 am Reply

    What exactly constitutes inhumane tethering? And, isn’t keeping your dog caged in a 5′ x 5′ prison, sleeping in their own pee and poo, no room to move around, more cruel?
    My dog is tethered and will remain so, unless Ige and the holier-than-thou “animal advocates” would like to pay for a fully enclosed fence for my yard.

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