Nebraska passed a new law last week that prohibits a political subdivision from adopting any ordinance, regulation, rule, policy, guideline, or proclamation that describes the relationship between an individual and an animal or otherwise changes the legal status of an animal, except to state that an individual may own an animal. The bill is LB 459 and you can read the full text by clicking on the link. LB 459
This bill is significant because Nebraska is the second state to enact legislation prohibiting local governments from defining legal status of animals in a way not consistent with personal property. Missouri is the only other state to pass such a law.
You can read more about the issue and the AVMA’s position by clicking here. Ownership vs. Guardianship
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