Iowa Prohibits “Interference” With the Transportation of an Animal Used in Agriculture

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law House Bill 655 which will make it a crime to stop, hinder, impede, board, obstruct, or “otherwise interfere” with a motor vehicle transporting an “agricultural animal” or to provoke, disturb, or “otherwise interact” with an “agricultural animal . . . confined in a motor vehicle.” “Agricultural animal” is defined as “an animal belonging to the bovine, caprine, equine, ovine, or porcine species; farm deer . . . ostriches, reas, and emus; turkeys, chickens, domestic geese or ducks, or other domestic fowl; fish or other aquatic organisms confined in private waters for human consumption; or honey bees.” A first offense would constitute an aggravated misdemeanor, and each subsequent conviction would constitute a class D felony.