Texas Criminalizes Entering Animal Facilities

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law House Bill 1480 which will make it a misdemeanor if a person “intentionally releases, steals, destroys, or otherwise causes the loss of an animal or crop from an animal or crop facility without the consent of the owner;” “damages, vandalizes, or steals any property on or from an animal or crop facility;” “breaks and enters into an animal or crop facility with the intent to destroy or alter records, data, materials, equipment, animals, or crops;” or “enters or remains on an animal or crop facility with the intent to commit” any of the above listed acts.