Louisiana Creates Crime of Unlawful Possession, Transfer, or Manufacture of Animal Fighting Paraphernalia

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law Senate Bill 144 which will prohibit the possession, purchase, sale, transfer, and manufacture of animal fighting paraphernalia “with the intent to engage in, promote, or facilitate animal fighting.” “Animal fighting paraphernalia” is defined as “equipment, products, implements, or materials of any kind that are used, intended for use, or designed for use in the training, preparation, conditioning, or furtherance of animal fighting” and includes but is not limited to “breaking sticks, cat mills, treadmills, fighting pits, spring poles, unprescribed veterinary medicine, veterinary treatment supplies,” and “spurs, gaffs, knives, leather training spur covers, slashers, heels, or any other sharp implement designed to be attached in place of the natural spur of a cock or game fowl.” The new law exempts “items normally used in cockfighting that are at least five years old and have historical value” and “the training of animals or the use of [listed] equipment in the training of animals for any purpose not prohibited by law.”