Texas to Expand Immunity for Animal Agricultural Operations

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law House Bill 365 which will include contractors and employees under existing immunity granted to persons in charge of an animal agriculture operation or “farm animal activity” from liability for property damage, personal injury, or death. Covered activities also will expand to include the practices of “feeding, vaccinating, exercising, weaning, transporting, producing, herding, corralling, branding, or dehorning of” animals and engagement in “routine or customary activities on a farm.” The bill also adds “honeybee[s] kept in a managed colony” to the definition of “farm animal.”