Texas Criminalizes Entering Animal Facilities

Texas Governor Greg Abbott 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;” “knowingly obtains control by theft or deception or asserts unauthorized control over any materials, equipment, animals, or crops of an animal or crop facility for the purpose of depriving the owner or operator of the facility or the facility of 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.